2—Activities for Stories from the Billabong
Before reading Stories from the Billabong
Ask students if they have heard any Dreaming stories, and if so, to identify different ways they first heard these stories. They may be by written word, spoken or sung word, in pictures or in movies.
Read the prelude to Stories from the Billabong. Highlight that the story they are about to hear has been translated from spoken Yorta Yorta language and that Aboriginal Australians traditionally told stories using the spoken word (oral tales); through performance: music, dance and song; and pictorially through art, such as sand or body art; but no Indigenous culture had a writing system. Explain that these stories are a key part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander belief systems.
During reading Stories from the Billabong
As a class, look at the cover, title and image on the front page. Refer students to a picture of a billabong.
List all the ideas that the students associate with the image of the billabong. Add the new information to the class chart.
Make text-to-text connections between You and Me: Our Place and Stories from the Billabong. Are these stories connected at all?