Early 20th century activism and the day of mourning lesson

Early 20th Century Activism & the Day of Mourning

Early 20th Century Activism & the Day of Mourning lesson plan provides a comprehensive and engaging approach to teaching middle school students about an essential part of Australian history. This lesson plan delves into the complex issues surrounding Aboriginal activism in the early 20th century, focusing on key events and organisations that were pivotal in advocating for Aboriginal rights and recognition.

Incorporating this lesson plan into your classroom saves valuable time on lesson preparation while ensuring your students understand Aboriginal activism’s historical context. The lesson covers significant topics such as the injustices faced by Aboriginal peoples following European colonisation, the concept of terra nullius, and the various responses of Aboriginal communities to these challenges. It also explores the influence of international movements like the Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), as well as the formation of Australian organisations like the Australian Aborigines Progressive Association (AAPA) and the Australian Aborigines League (AAL). An in-depth study of the AAPA and the AAL is provided with a focus on their influence.

The Early 20th Century Activism & the Day of Mourning lesson plan offers a variety of student activities that cater to different learning styles, promoting active participation and critical thinking. These activities include watching a short film visually representing historical events, engaging in thought-provoking discussions using guiding questions, and participating in reading and comprehension exercises. Furthermore, students can showcase their creativity and understanding of the topic by designing a poster highlighting key aspects of the Aboriginal activism movement.

The lesson plan’s focus on these organisations and their influence on Aboriginal rights, as well as the historical significance of the 1938 Day of Mourning and its enduring legacy, ensures that students gain a well-rounded understanding of this crucial period in Australian history. They will develop empathy for the struggles faced by Aboriginal people and appreciate the resilience and determination of those who fought for justice and equality.

Early 20th Century Activism & the Day of Mourning Lesson Plan

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include a short film, comprehension questions and the creation of a poster.
Estimated lessons:3-4.
Ages14 years and up.
Format PowerPoint.

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