People Power: Focus Question 1: Overview of Teaching and Learning Activities

Read: How Did the Freedom Riders Confront Injustice Toward Aboriginal People in the 1960s?

Content

Teaching and Learning Activities

Resources for Students

  • Concepts of discrimination and segregation that some Aboriginal children experienced in the country towns of northern New South Wales in the 1960s.

1a: Understanding the Concepts of Discrimination and Segregation

  • Students create video role-plays in response to the scenario that their class has been banned from using the local swimming pool.

Handouts

Other

  • digital camera(s) with video and audio capacity
  • computers with audio capacity
  • video-editing software, such as Windows Movie Maker 
  • Exploring the key figures and milestones of the 1965 Freedom Ride and the communities involved.

1b: Events of the 1965 Freedom Ride

  • Using online resources students answer the ‘who, what, why, where and when’ questions of the 1965 Freedom Ride.
  • Students investigate key people, places or aspects of the 1965 Freedom Ride and collect, organise and present their information using Museum Box website tools. 
  • Using Google Earth students create an aerial tour of the journey taken by the Freedom Riders.

e Resources

This site provides the tools for students to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. You can display anything from a text file to a movie.

This is the website of the Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, it includes digitised resources including maps and diary entries.

This site is based on Darce Cassidy's radio documentary of the 1965 Freedom Ride through the outback of NSW. It includes short sound grabs from the program and firsthand accounts of the Australian freedom rides, their origins and aftermath. 

The National Museum of Australia website includes descriptions of the Freedom rides and digitised resources including photos and other images.

You can create and play tours of places and content. Tours are a guided experience where you fly from one location to another, view terrain and content and look around as you wish. You can create tours that record your exact navigation in the 3D window and even add audio. You can then share these tours with other Google Earth users.

  • The role of the media in the Freedom Rides campaign.

1c: The Role of the Media

  • Students analyse the role of the media during the Freedom Ride campaign. Students create a headline of up to six words for the newspaper excerpts in the handout.
  • Students plan a media campaign for the Freedom Ride using the instruments of today’s media.

Handout

e Resources

This is the website of the Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies includes digitised resources including maps and diary entries.

This site is based on Darce Cassidy's radio documentary of the 1965 Freedom Ride through the outback of NSW. It includes short sound grabs from the program, and firsthand accounts of the Australian freedom rides, their origins and aftermath. 

National Museum of Australia website includes description of the Freedom rides and digitised resources including photos and other images.

Other
  • samples of print, electronic and online media
  • media software
  • publishing software
  • webcam
  • digital camera
  • video camera
  • microphone
  • Some of the outcomes of the Freedom Ride and the campaign to change the Australian Constitution

1d: Outcomes of the 1965 Freedom Ride

  • Students watch three film clips from Blood Brothers – Freedom Ride, 1993 and use the understandings gained from this task and the previous three activities to complete the Freedom Ride Matrix. 
  • Students watch videos of their role play responses to the pool ban created as part of Activity 1a. Using  a think-pair-share strategy, students reflect on the strategies used by the Freedom Riders, as well as the outcomes that were achieved.
  • Students explore The NDLRN digital resource, The 1967 Referendum (R11078), focusing on the campaign that led up to the referendum. Students compare the Freedom Ride campaign with the campaign for the 1967 referendum.
Handout

e Resources

  • The 1967 Referendum, Education Services Australia Ltd. The Le@rning Federation digital content R11078.

Other

  • internet and library access
  • completed video role-plays from Activity 1a
 

Overview of Activities: Focus Question 1 | Focus Question 2 | Focus Question 3 | Teacher Information

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