Land Rights

Discover the fascinating story of Australian land rights with our engaging PowerPoint lesson plan. Tailored for 14-16-year-old Australian history students, this thoughtfully designed resource delves into the intricate world of land rights definitions, ownership conflicts, and the battle for Aboriginal recognition. As students journey through the past, they’ll develop a deep understanding of how land rights have moulded Australia’s social and political fabric, empowering them to become informed and compassionate citizens of the future.

This lesson plan examines Australia’s four primary types of land titles – Freehold, Leasehold, Pastoral Leases, and Crown Land – before delving into the historical backdrop of British colonisation and the notion of Terra Nullius. Students will uncover the heart-rending stories of Aboriginal land dispossession and the resulting emergence of the Aboriginal land rights movement in the 1970s. From the Gurindji people’s triumph at Wattie Creek to the groundbreaking Mabo case, this lesson plan captures the spirit of determination and courage that characterises the Australian land rights struggle.

Our captivating student activities are designed to spark a passion for learning and nurture critical thinking skills. Engaging short films on the Wave Hill walkout, the Mabo Decision, and Yothu Yindi’s Treaty song provide powerful visual aids, while comprehension and critical thinking questions challenge students to reflect on the material and develop their own viewpoints. The mini research task on Aboriginal Activists Eddy Mabo and Vincent Lingiari highlights the importance of personal stories and humanises the broader historical narrative.

To wrap up this immersive experience, students will embark on a creative activity that encourages them to explore the significance of land rights. Whether it’s through artistic expression or thoughtful writing, this final activity will help students forge meaningful connections between their own experiences and the wider history of Australia’s land rights movement.

This lesson plan offers a unique educational experience that will empower students to delve deep into the world of Australian land rights, fostering empathy, understanding, and a commitment to social justice.

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include comprehension questions, critical analysis, short films and a creative research task.
Estimated lessons:2-3.
Ages14 years and up.
Format PowerPoint.

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