English / Media Arts
Suggested duration: Two lessons
In this unit of work, students will learn about the life of Wiradjuri warrior, Windrayne. They will use information from The Little Red Yellow Black Book to create a storyboard in which they plan out a sequence of scenes that tells the biographical history of the events in which Windradyne was involved in the 1800s. In doing this task students will also be revising their knowledge of camera techniques (shots, angles and movements) and transitions between shots and mise en scene in film making.
Windradyne, a Wiradjuri warrior, was a key resistance figure in the Bathurst War in 1824. When Governor Brisbane came to power, the pace of settlement greatly increased west of the Blue Mountains, increasing competition on traditional food sources. (The Little Red Yellow Black Book, p. 145).
- Students will create a storyboard to demonstrate their use of text structures, language and visual features to convey meaning.
- Students will be able to use their film making skills to identify and examine cultural values and beliefs.
|General capabilities||Cross-curriculum priorities|
|Literacy||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures|
|Critical and creative thinking||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures organising ideas: 8 Intercultural understanding|
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Year 9 English
- Analyse and explain the use of symbols, icons and myth in still and moving images and how these augment meaning (ACELA1560).
- Analyse how the construction and interpretation of texts, including media texts, can be influenced by cultural perspectives and other texts (ACELY1739).
Year 10 English
- Analyse and explain how text structures, language features and visual features of texts and the context in which texts are experienced may influence audience response (ACELT1641).
- Analyse and evaluate how people, cultures, places, events, objects and concepts are represented in texts, including media texts, through language, structural and/or visual choices (ACELY1749).
Year 9 and 10 Media Arts
- Manipulate media representations to identify and examine social and cultural values and beliefs, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (ACAMAM074).
- Plan and design media artworks for a range of purposes that challenge the expectations of specific audiences by particular use of production processes (ACAMAM076).
Provisions for differentiation
Students with learning difficulties could work with a partner to complete their storyboard.
Students could add some lines of dialogue to their storyboard, scripting the key scenes based on the information given in The Little Red Yellow Black Book, p 145.
- A4 size copies of Activity worksheet 1 (PDF) - one per student
- A3 size copies of Activity worksheet 2 (PDF) - one per student
- Student resource sheet (PDF)
- Teacher resource sheet (PDF)
- The Little Red Yellow Black Book - an introduction to Indigenous Australia (4th edition), ‘Our leadership and activism’, Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, Canberra, 2018, p 145.
Ensure that the guidance notes included in The Little Red Yellow Black Book teacher resource have been considered.
Preparation: Photocopy A4 size copies of Activity worksheet 1 and A3 size copies of Activity worksheet 2.
Take the students through the explanation of storyboards and the technical material on camera work, transitions and mise en scene from the Teacher resource sheet. Point out the purpose of a storyboard in film making. Show students a sample storyboard; there are many examples found on the internet.
Read the story of Windradyne aloud to the students. You’ll find the story in The Little Red Yellow Black Book, p 145.
Distribute Activity worksheets 1 and 2 and explain how students are to complete the task. Assign the remaining lesson time for students to begin this task.
Ask students to continue working on the storyboard in the next lesson, then set a final submission date for the project.
- Contribution to class discussions
- Completed story board marked against a rubric based on English and Media Arts descriptors
- Class presentations