4—Student research on the life of a well-known migrant
Ask students (in groups) to research the life of a well-known migrant to Australia. Brainstorm and list headings to guide and categorise their research. The text type will become a combination of a recount of a life and an information report. Discuss features of different types of graphics which could support the written and spoken part of the presentation, such as maps, photographs and media reports.
Using the information they find, students construct a multimodal presentation (for example, PowerPoint with music, video, Claymation) to tell the life story of their subject.
After viewing the presentations, highlight the contribution of migrants to Australian life.
In general, in the Australian Curriculum: English, texts can be classified as belonging to one of three types: imaginative, informative or persuasive, although it is acknowledged that these distinctions are neither static nor watertight and particular texts can belong to more than one category. More on text types can be found on the Australian Curriculum website.
Global citizenship in action
Najeeba’s story concludes with the words, ‘I have the freedom to tell my story, to raise my voice.’
In Australia we are free to tell our stories, to raise our voices.
One way that we can ‘raise our voices’ is to write informative and persuasive letters to our Federal Members of Parliament asking them to ensure that the Australian Government takes good care of asylum seekers and refugees to Australia.
Use the information you have learned about asylum seekers and refugees to write a jointly constructed letter.
Invite your Federal MP to school and present an informative and persuasive PowerPoint or digital presentation about refugees and asylum seekers and their rights under the 1954 Refugee Convention; see especially material from Get Connected: Issue 8 on The Refugee Convention and The Role of Government.