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Sharing our stories

Supporting cross-curriculum learning priorities with literacy resources

 

Sharing Our Stories is a literacy series for middle and upper primary students that helps to support the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander studies priority of the Australian Curriculum.

This unique series is flexible enough to be embedded into a History or Geography lesson, or used in English exercises involving shared reading, comprehension and promotion of critical literacy skills.


Explore the components of Sharing our Stories

Big Books and paperback versions available

Each Sharing Our Stories title focuses on one Indigenous Australian community. The opening of each book is built around a series of photographs describing the local community setting, and establishing the community in a particular place and time.


Following this is one story shared by that particular community, which conveys a message connected to the group's traditions or social conventions. The stories are illustrated with paintings and drawings by children from the local community. Using a mixture of traditional and modern-day influences, the artwork brings the stories to life through the children's personal interpretations. This is followed by quotes and photographic portraits of local children and elders.


This provides a unique opportunity to meet the community that have shared their story, and to gain insight into what the story means to them. Each book concludes with the story retold in language.

Sample pages from Sharing Our Stories 2: Djulpan

Sample spread from Sharing Our Stories 2: Djulpan

Sample spread from Sharing Our Stories 2 Teacher Resource
Sample spread from Sharing Our Stories 2 Teacher Resource

Teacher Resource

The Sharing Our Stories Teacher Resource helps teachers to successfully use the books in their classroom.

  • Background notes about the content of each book.
  • Has lesson plans, ideas for discussion and activities and blackline masters.
  • Audio CD with narrated stories from the books and traditional song cycles.
  • Samples of the original language in which the stories are told.

Indigenous learning activities

Explore forty-three Indigenous learning activities for lower, middle and upper primary students participating in english, history, maths and science lessons. 


Each Sharing Our Stories book in the second series is enriched by a complimentary documentary video featuring Indigenous community members.


These resources are available for free, via the Indigenous Place at www.pearsonplaces.com.au.

Sample spread from Sharing Our Stories 1: The Sunbird
Sample spread from Sharing Our Stories 1: The Sunbird


Sample pages

Sharing Our Stories 1: The Frog and the Brolga

Series 1

Sharing Our Stories 1: The Devil-Devil from Warlok
Sharing Our Stories 1: The Frog and the Brolga
Sharing Our Stories 1: The Mermaid and Serpent
Sharing Our Stories 1: The Sunbird
Sharing Our Stories 1: Turtle Dreaming
Sharing Our Stories 1: Woonyoomboo
Sharing Our Stories 1 Teacher Resource

Series 2

Sharing Our Stories 2: Bunjil the Eagle
Sharing Our Stories 2: Djulpan
Sharing Our Stories 2: Miiku and Tinta
Sharing Our Stories 2: The Creation of Trowenna
Sharing Our Stories 2: The Danger Seed
Sharing Our Stories 2: The Moon and the Gecko
Sharing Our Stories 2: The Story of Girbar
Sharing Our Stories 2: Yulu's Coal
Sharing Our Stories 2 Teacher Resource

Sample spread from Sharing Our Stories 2: Yulu's Coal
Sample spread from Sharing Our Stories 2: Yulu's Coal

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