Classic Australian Literature Unit – Indigenous Poems for Years 7-10


Summary of Resource:

The indigenous poetry of Oodgeroo Noonuccal is significant in the history of Australian culture. The political and cultural themes of dispossession and cultural divides are as relevant now as the time in which they were written. Students will examine two different styles of poetry, their structure, style and historical context; from their understanding of contemporary issues they will create texts, design visual elements of story, research local history and create biographical articles. A variety of texts are available as resources including radio interview, historical archives, poetry websites and youtube clips. Included are poetry analysis worksheets, vocabulary activities and suggested summative and formative assessment.

Australian Curriculum Links:

Year 7 English (Literature):

  • Create literary texts that adapt stylistic featuresencountered in other texts, for example,narrative viewpoint, structure of stanzas, contrast and juxtaposition (ACELT1625);
  • Experiment with text structures and language features and their effects in creating literary texts, for example, using rhythm, sound effects, monologue, layout, navigation and colour(ACELT1805)
  • Recognise and analyse the ways that characterisation, events and settings are combined in narratives, and discuss the purposes and appeal of different approaches(ACELT1622)
  • Understand, interpret and discuss how language is compressed to produce a dramatic effect in film or drama, and to create layers of meaning in poetry, for example haiku, tankas, couplets, free verse and verse novels (ACELT1623)
  • Discuss aspects of texts, for example theiraesthetic and social value, using relevant and appropriate metalanguage (ACELT1803)

What’s Included:

  • Links to Poems
  • SMILES Method Overview
  • Vocabulary Quiz
  • Worksheets for responding to the literature
  • Assessment Ideas
  • Extra research and extension activities

Download the Resource Below:

Indigenous Poems РClassical Australian Literature Unit (PDF)





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