These inquiry-based questions are provided for flexible classroom use, allowing teachers to tailor discussion and reflections specific to their classroom needs
What do different versions of the Rainbow Serpent story express about important places in the landscape? Consider how places such as water bodies and landforms have social, cultural, and ecological significance for Aboriginal people.
Consider how traditional stories like The Rainbow Serpent are able to communicate moral lessons. What underlying messages are being expressed in different versions of the story?
Reflect on the place of narrative traditions in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures. Consider the importance of Songlines and dreaming tracks in past and present Aboriginal cultures.
Related activities within this resources:
Activity 1 – Comparing different interpretations of the Rainbow Serpent
Comparing Rainbow Serpent Interpretations, students compare 'The Rainbow Serpent' by Dick Roughsey and 'Warnayarra: the rainbow snake' by Pamela Lofts.
The Rainbow Serpent by Dick (Goobalathaldin) Roughsey , Warnayarra: the rainbow snake by Pamela Lofts
Activity 2 – Character portrait of the Rainbow Serpent
Creating a character Portrait of the Rainbow Serpent, students engage with the Rainbow Serpent story by writing a passage that describes its appearance, behavior, significance, and its evolving relationship with the story's characters.
The Rainbow Serpent by Dick (Goobalathaldin) Roughsey, Warnayarra: the rainbow snake by Pamela Lofts