1—Introduce the unit with Australia’s neighbours in the Asia-Pacific
Ask the students to brainstorm countries that are Australia’s neighbours in the Asia-Pacific region.
Using a map of the world or a map of south-east Asia and an atlas, invite the students to label the countries on the map. Ask students to name Australia’s nearest neighbours — East Timor, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Have the students read Poverty on our doorstep and list seven things that Aaron learnt about East Timor and his own life in Australia. Why does he finish by saying ‘my perspective on life has been changed’?
Brainstorm a list of questions about East Timor.
Have students view the front cover of Get Connected Issue 9: Global Inequalities. In small groups, discuss the following:
- Describe what you can see in the two cartoons.
- What does the artist want to communicate with these images?
- What stereotypes are used and why?
- How do these images seek to impact the viewer or reader?
Have the students read ‘East Timor: A country profile’ (.pdf 259 kB). Discuss the purpose of the text (information report) and the structural and language features. Review the brainstormed list of questions about East Timor from above and assess which questions have been addressed.
Discuss the similarities and differences between life for children in East Timor and Australia. This may include: hunger and access to food, access to safe water, lack of schooling, multiple languages, health problems, poverty and malnutrition.
Tell students they are going to be learning more about some of these issues.