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Subject:

English

Year level:

Level 10

Suggested timing:

Two lessons

Trees and Scrub

Activity 1- The social effects of inclusive language

This activity is a part of the Language in law resource.

Trees and Scrub, Bulleen, Wurundjeri country. Photographer: Tiffany Garvie. Source: Ngarrngga. © Tiffany Garvie 2023. Used under licence.

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-by-step guide

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. 

Related activities within this resources:

Burnt Tree Bark. Blackheath, Dharug country.

Inquiry-based learning questions

These inquiry-based questions are provided for flexible classroom use, allowing teachers to tailor discussion and reflections specific to their classroom needs.

Trees and Scrub

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.

Suggested timing:

One lesson

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