Online Teacher and Student Resources
Through three modules available at http://sharingstories.org/our-stories/ you may access a rich collection of digital resources: video footage, photographs, audio and teacher support material. All relate to overarching themes of Community, Culture and Country. Each module includes a brief introduction in which Elders and community members, involved in the production of the work, share some thoughts in relation to these themes or ideas. SharingStories has run workshops with Indigenous young people in remote communities, for many years. In these workshops we support participants as they create and produce their own digital media stories about their lives and experiences. Together with those communities, we chose these materials as a basis for lessons designed to support the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural and historical perspectives across the curriculum.
“The children are learning both ways, they are trying to express from their own heritage, from their own culture, from their own land, their stories and trying to make a bridge between themselves and other communities with technology. Through that technology they are sharing and telling who they are.”
Djuŋadjuŋa Yunupiŋu is a dalkarramirri (ceremonial ritual specialist) of Yirritja clan groups and SharingStories’ cultural advisor.
The SharingStories tailored resources support enquiry based learning for Indigenous and non Indigenous students through years 6-10, providing:
- Learning activities
- Assessment Tools
- Teacher support material
- Extended Student projects
- Cross subject integrated curriculum projects addressing multiple core subjects and general capabilities.
In addition, material shared here is part of the Sharing Our Stories book series created as a result of a collaboration between 14 Indigenous communities across Australia, and author and photographer Liz Thompson. Additional interviews and photographs are part of ongoing cultural maintenance work undertaken by SharingStories Foundation in partnership with senior cultural custodians around the country.
SharingStories Teacher Resources have been mapped to the Australian Curriculum and support the presence of Torres Strait Islander and Aboriginal voices in the new Australian Curriculum responding to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures cross curriculum priority area. The metadata written to support teachers in their use of these resources has been prepared and made available through our collaboration with Education Services Australia.
Sharing Our Stories Books
Sharing Our Stories is a fourteen part educational book series published by Pearson & Rigby. Each book has been beautifully illustrated by children from the community that the story told comes from, and includes the story in the local Indigenous language as well as English. The project is a collaboration between fourteen Indigenous communities and producer Liz Thompson. It won the Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing in 2010 as well as being voted Best Primary Teaching and Learning Resource.
Both series are supported by extensive teachers resources and an audio CD on which the stories are spoken against soundscapes designed by composers David Bridie and David Page . Six of the fourteen audio versions of the stories can be found permanently housed by ABC online
Last year Liz Thompson and Adnyamathanha author Terrence Coulthard were interviewed by ABC Life Matters to discuss the Sharing Our Stories series and the importance of language maintenance.