In this lesson, students reflect on the extended and varied family structures of a proud Wiradjuri woman, Brenda Matthews, the central figure of the feature-length documentary, The Last Daughter.
- explore the similarities and differences between various family structures
- explore the various family structures that Brenda has experienced and their impact on her life.
- analyse different family structures and how they shape identity
- explain the similarities and differences between the different family structures Brenda has been part of.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:
Students learn to:
- 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 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 Worksheets – one copy per student
- Writing materials
This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:
- 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.
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