Junior Secondary – Years 7 & 8

Fragment of book cover from The Binna Binna Man by Meme McDonald & Boori Monte Pryor

Indigenous peoples:
Ways of being


A unit of work for Year 8 to explore ideas of cultural identity and belonging, specifically Aboriginal identity through Aboriginal English, with The Binna Binna Man by Meme McDonald & Boori Monty Pryor, and Indigenous poetry and rap. View resource

Girl in school in Afghanistan. Photo by People in Need (PIN) CC BY-SA-3.0

Refugees and migration:
Seeking refuge — The journey


A unit of work for Year 8 to explore the journey using The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir by Anh Do, Mahtab’s Story, by Libby Gleeson, Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees by Deborah Ellis, and The Arrival, by Shaun Tan. View resource

 

 

The 2004 tsunami in Thailand by David Rydevik (public domain image)

Neighbours, Asia/Pacific:
Helping hands


A unit of work for Year 7 featuring the young adult novel The Killing Sea by Richard Lewis that explores a range of fiction, non-fiction and multi-modal texts related to the 2004 Asian tsunami and its tragic aftermath. View resource

 

 

Source: World Vision Australia, African children with a new water pump

Sustainability: Changing minds, changing behaviour


A unit of work for Year 7 with an emphasis on media studies in English, using narrative TV advertisements and an animated documentary to explore, by critical and visual literacy, the persuasive power of advertising. View resource

 

 

Two litle boys playing on a tricycle in the flood waters on a Jakarta street

Neighbours, Asia/Pacific:
Water in the world


The unit of work for Year 7 that develops students’ knowledge of floods as hydrological hazards and of the importance of access to clean water, using texts with examples from Australia and Indonesia. View resource