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A poetic journey through personal identity

It is undeniable that our society likes to put people into boxes. But what about those, like Laurie May, who find they don't quite fit into neat little categories? In this thought-provoking poem, Laurie challenges society and its attempts to define her Indigenous identity.

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Difference Differently: ways of seeing

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore how individuals' cultural, religious, and/or social backgrounds shape their perceptions about people, places, ideas and texts. It uses examples to explore how and why people interpret images or objects differently. It looks at multiple perspectives, ...

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Difference Differently: defining identities

This is a resource with four related sets of student activities that explore ideas about personal, cultural and national identity. It explores the ways that culture, belief, nationality and personal interests shape identity. It examines concepts of Australian identity and how cultural and religious heritage can impact on ...

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Australian anthem

How old is the Australian anthem? Did you know that for a long time Australia had the same anthem as England? Watch this video to find out how, why and when we got our own anthem.

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Out and about with the Nyul Nyul Rangers

Come on a journey to Beagle Bay, north of Broome in Western Australia, to meet a group called the Nyul Nyul Rangers. Hear these rangers speak about their ongoing cultural and spiritual connection with the land and water that they help to protect. Watch them fish and hear how they teach survival practices to the younger generation.

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Voluntary exchange

See Indonesia through the eyes of Australian exchange student Sam Howard. Learn how the youth exchange program she is a part of is helping to strengthen cultural ties between near neighbours Australia and Indonesia. Think what you could learn about a country if you stayed in a small community there for a month.

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Tourism

Whether visiting a place within their borders as 'domestic tourists' or heading overseas, Australians love going on holidays. Internationally, people perceive that Australia is a unique holiday destination and tourists are visiting our shores in increasing numbers. The net result is that tourism is helping Australians to ...

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Overseas students find success in Oz

Does a person's perception of a place influence their sense of belonging? In this clip we hear from three people who came from overseas to study and live in Australia. Listen as they recount their experiences, discuss racism and their share perceptions of living in Australia.

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Talkback Classroom, 2007: Yirrkala bark petition

In this clip Franchesca Cubillo (senior curator at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory) talks to secondary students about the significance of Aboriginal artwork and the Yirrkala bark petition of 1963. She says that when a bauxite mine was proposed on the Gove Pensinsula, the Yolngu people at Yirrkala had ...

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Behind every Everest climber stands a Sherpa

The Sherpas of the Himalayas are renowned for their courage and ability to cope with high altitude. Though often receiving little credit or attention for their work, they do much of the groundwork and the heavy lifting required for climbers to reach their goals. Sherpas have also lost their lives in the process. In what ...

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Sacred fig tree: lone survivor

Warrgamay elder Bill Morganson visits a sacred meeting place for his people - the last giant fig tree in the Herbert River Valley, north Queensland. He explains how trees like this were used by Warrgamay people and why this surviving fig has such value.

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Race against time: preserving Ngan'gi bush lore

For over two decades, scientists and elders in the Northern Territory's Daly River region have been recording the traditional knowledge of the Ngen'giwumirri and Ngan'gikurunggurr people. Information about more than 560 plants and animals has been collected so far. Few Ngen'giwumirri and Ngan'gikurunggurr elders are still ...

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So much beauty in the people of Darwin

Have you ever been to Darwin? What comes to mind when you think of this city at the top of Australia? Darwin is home to more than 130,000 people. Many have come from distant countries, while others trace their local ancestry back thousands of years. Listen to the stories and music of some talented young people who call ...

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Identity and Cultural Diversity

This resource is a professional development package which focuses on global education concepts of identity and cultural diversity through the subject of English for Years 7-10. It provides a range of activities that support cross-curriculum integration, with syllabus programming, quick lesson ideas,a series of lessons, ...

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Refugees

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about refugees. It includes sections on factors leading to people being forced to leave and seek safety; refugees and asylum seekers; life in a refugee camp; statistics about refugees worldwide; Myanmar refugees; and how a number of international support programs are empowering ...

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What is globalisation?

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about globalisation. It includes sections on the global realities that need to be addressed in building a sustainable world, including how our daily lives as members of a global community are related to economics and politics, enhanced communication and communication technologies ...

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What's globalisation got to do with me?

This is a compilation of five teaching sequences about globalisation. It includes sections on consumerism, interconnections with countries globally via the music listened to and the clothes purchased, the information obtained, the ideas held, the sharing of cultural experiences, and the foods eaten. It introduces this global ...

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Unscrambling acronyms – Australia-Japan relations

This learning sequence explores significant international relations between Australia and Japan as understood through a collection of major treaties, organisations and rulings. After unscrambling the acronyms, students take on the role of an historian to offer a considered understanding of the continuity and change evidenced ...

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Understanding Catastrophes

This learning sequence explores two catastrophes impacting on children in Japan and India. Students engage with a range of texts to develop cultural knowledge and sensitivity about the peoples and countries of Japan and India. Their increased intercultural awareness is applied to a writing task that can be used to begin ...

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Taming the Australian Desert

The Western Desert region of Australia has been lived on, charted and cared for by Aboriginal peoples for tens of thousands of years. European settlers, however, saw the same region as something to be conquered or tamed; full of challenges, extreme weather patterns and landscape. See how Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples ...