Learning objects Samuel Wagan Watson

TLF ID M020236

This sequence of videos is an interactive resource for Stage 4/5 English and or Stage 4/5 Aboriginal Studies. It assists students to develop knowledge and understanding about Indigenous cultures of Australia. Students will respond to the poet, his texts, and at least one other Aboriginal poet, as well as composing at least one of their own works. In the videos Indigenous poet, Samuel Wagan Watson, describes how he became a poet, his inspiration and his influences. He talks about his disciplined work habits and describes the nature of his poetry. He gives advice to young aspiring writers. He also reads one of his early poems ‘The crooked men’ from his book ‘Smoke encrypted whispers’.




Educational details

Educational value
  • This resource guides students through the creative process for drafting, editing and representing their thoughts and feelings as poetry. Students are guided to explore their own cultural identity and compare that with the poet Samuel Wagan Watson. They are challenged to follow the rules and then break them in order to develop their own identity as a writer. This resource contains Stage 5 English and Aboriginal Studies outcomes but can be adapted for use with Stage 4 or Stage 6 students.
  • Additional NSW syllabus outcomes (from Aboriginal Studies Year 7-10 Syllabus): -describes the factors that contribute to an Aboriginal person’s identity (5.1) -explains ways in which Aboriginal Peoples maintain their identity (5.2) -explains adaptations in, and the changing nature of, Aboriginal cultural expression across time and location (5.4) -assesses the significance of contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Australian society (5.7) -analyses the interaction of the wider Australian community with Aboriginal Peoples and cultures (5.8).
Year level

7; 8; 9; 10

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Contributors
  • Contributor
  • Name: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Organization: State of NSW, Department of Education
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  • Name: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Organization: State of NSW, Department of Education
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  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
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  • Publisher
  • Name: State of NSW, Department of Education
  • Organization: State of NSW, Department of Education
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
Rights
  • © State of New South Wales, Department of Education.