In this lesson, students can examine the Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act 20177, and reflect on the social effects of inclusive language.
Step 1: Read the Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act
In the first lesson, students can examine the Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act 2017 0 , considering, in particular, the preamble that opens the Act.
Step 2: Write discussion notes
With reference to this example, students can write discussion notes on the social effects of inclusive language. Students can then have the discussion as a whole class or in smaller groups.
Step 3: Think, Pair, Share- Reflection writing
In the second lesson, students can write a reflective paragraph describing a time when they experienced or observed the social effects of exclusionary language. Students can attend to the distancing or marginalising effects of this.
Step 4: Think, Pair, Share- Discussion
In pairs, they can then share their example and consider how inclusive language could have been used instead and what difference it would have made in their example.
Step 5: Think, Pair, Share- Whole class discussion
The whole class can then reconvene and discuss a number of examples.
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Activity 2 – Wurundjeri Elders address Victorian parliament
Students will watch the Wurundjeri Tribe Council’s address to the Victorian parliament and discuss the social, moral, and ethical positions evident within this historical moment.