Yarning Strong - Professional Support Teaching Guide

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Yarning Strong - Professional Support Teaching Guide aims to reach out and engage all young people and deepen their awareness and understanding of what it's really like to be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in Australia today.

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Yarning Strong aims to reach out and engage all young people - both Indigenous and non-indigenous - and deepen their awareness and understanding of what it's really like to be an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in Australia today. Embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's perspectives within the curriculum has long been considered best pedagogical practice for schools. Yarning Strong offers a comprehensive and accessible resource that educators can implement without fear of causing offence or perpetuating inaccurate stereotypes.

For Teachers

Many non-Indigenous Australian families have very limited first-hand experience with Indigenous Australians and meaningful aspects of their culture. This lack of contact has led to a number of misconceptions, which can manifest as racist behaviour or intolerance. The stories and themes in this series directly address the impact that stereotypical views and negative racial assumptions can have on society. It provides teachers with an excellent literacy resource as a platform to promote discussion and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's perspectives.

For Students

What's it really like being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander kid in modern Australia? This series is relevant to all students in the classroom, helping them feel connected, informed, challenged and entertained.

  • Young Indigenous students will read engaging, relevant and dynamic stories that reflect their own lives in contemporary Australia.
  • Young non-Indigenous students will gain a genuine insight into the real lives of today's Indigenous youth.

Yarning Strong - Professional Support Teaching Guide

Professional Support Manual

  • Considers a range of literacy pedagogies including reciprocal teaching, literacy circles, critical literacy and the Four Resources model for each title in the series.
  • Provides background information specific to each title to assist with forward planning.
  • Includes planning and assessment ideas linked to the Australian Curriculum: English.
  • Includes Professional Support CD-ROM and Behind the Stories DVD.

This Professional Support manual has been designed to offer multifaceted practical support for teachers, by providing:

  • Background information written by Indigenous educators, covering such things as: how to handle sensitive issues, using correct terminology, and comprehensive information about Aboriginal languages.
  • Themes, text types, focus questions, links to Learning Areas and pedagogical approaches.
  • Comprehensive lesson plans for each novel with teaching and learning strategies based on the Literacy, Literature and Language strands in the Australian English Curriculum.

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Professional Support Manual


Professional Support CD-ROM

  • Includes fully customisable PowerPoint presentations that support each module.
  • Gives students and teachers the background information needed to understand and assess the contemporary and historical issues found in the novels.
  • Provides materials useful for introducing work untis or clarifying issues, and can be presented in sections or in its entirety.

Behind the Stories DVD

  • DVD presenters answer questions that relate specifically to the Yarning Strong books within each of the Identity, Family, Law and Land modules.
  • Questions include: What is 'Welcome to Country'?, How can you be Aboriginal if you don't have dark skin?, It seems like Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids get into trouble a lot - why?
  • The DVD content addresses common misconceptions and dispels negative racial assumptions through videos from respected Indigenous presenters Willie Brim, Larissa Behrendt, Kym Smith and Des Crump.

Other Yarning Strong Series Components

Yarning Strong Learning Modules

Yarning Strong - Identity Module

This module gathers Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal voices from throughout Australia, exploring what it means to have an Indigenous identity in our country today.

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Yarning Strong - Family Module

This module, explores the life of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ families, today and in the past.

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Yarning Strong - Land Module

What relationship do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have with the land? This module, offers spiritual, historical, scientific and legal responses to that question, as well as practical ways of working with this land’s resources today.

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Yarning Strong - Law Module

Law. A short word with many complex meanings. This module explores the effects British law has had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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Other Yarning Strong Series Components

Yarning Strong Audio CDs

The audio books deliver the twelve Yarning Strong novels from across the four modules:

  • Identity
  • Family
  • Law
  • Land

Each author presents a compelling narration of their own book. The audio books also offer an accessible tool for teaching a younger audience and also support students with a lower reading ability. Each audio CD includes all 3 fiction novels from the learning module narrated by the novel author.

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ISBN 9780195572612
Publisher Oxford University Press
Product Type Teacher Resources,
Year Level Year 5, Year 6, Year 7,

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