In the previous lesson, students examined the previous and current legislation on child removal, as well as explored the concept of self-determination. This lesson uses the feature-length documentary, The Last Daughter to guide students to focus their learning on how Brenda Matthews’ experience sits in reference to the overarching acts that governed families during her childhood.
- examine some of the complexities of Brenda’s family’s experience
- understand the past and ongoing impacts forced child removals on individuals, communities and our country.
- explain some of the complexities of Brenda’s family’s experience – miscommunication, contradictions, misrepresentation in particular
- formulate and express opinions regarding the past and ongoing impacts of forced child removals on individuals, communities and our country.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:
Students learn to:
- understand how language can have inclusive and exclusive social effects, and can empower or disempower people (AC9E10LA01)
- analyse representations of individuals, groups and places and evaluate how they reflect their context in literary texts by First Nations Australian, and wide-ranging Australian and world authors (AC9E10LE01)
Syllabus outcomes: EN5-8D
Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures.
Relevant parts of Year 9 & 10 English achievement standards:
By the end of Year 10, students read, view and comprehend a range of texts created to inform, influence and engage audiences. They analyse and evaluate representations of people, places, events and concepts, and how interpretations of these may be influenced by readers and viewers.
- Access to The Last Daughter
- Device capable of presenting audio and video to the class
- Student laptops or access to schools’ devices (laptops, iPads etc)
- Student Worksheets – one copy per student
- Writing materials
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- critical thinking
- cultural understanding
- social skills
Teachers wanting to watch The Last Daughter in the classroom with their students can register and purchase the film here.
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - facilitate class discussion, read provided material to class.
Australians Together is a not-for-profit organisation that brings together non-Indigenous and First Nations staff, consultants and collaborators located across Australia. Their mission is to help non-Indigenous Australians listen and learn from First Nations people. Building a greater awareness of our shared history and its ongoing impact, gain a deeper respect for First Nations perspectives, and help pave the way for meaningful actions for an Australia together. You can learn more about Australians Together and their Learning Framework here.
Related professional learning
Quick summary: This course will help you to view the world with a more critical eye by introspectively exploring your own biases of thinking.