Lesson 4: Reconcilliation

Lesson title: Our School
Unit topic: Towards Reconciliation
Area of study: Towards Reconciliation
Inquiry question: 

What is meant by self-determination and reconciliation?

Lesson 4 (Word document)

Lesson 4: Student response (htm page)

Outcomes targeted

M5.10 accounts for how and why the nature of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal relations has changed

creates well-structured texts using evidence to describe, recount, explain, argue, challenge and discuss increasingly complex problems and issues


Narara Valley High School Reconciliation Room

Guest speaker – local Aboriginal community member


  1. Introduction:

    Teacher-led review of reconciliation. Basic definitions of reconciliation and self-determination to be provided and built upon as a class group. Class brainstorming of examples.

  2. Body:
    1. Guest speaker
      Local Aboriginal community member invited to the class to explain the role of reconciliation in his or her life and Australian society. To be discussed is the school Reconciliation Room and its role within the school and the local community.
    2. Reconciliation Room
      Students to then view the Reconciliation Room and the resources available there. In groups of two, students are to compile a list of five questions about reconciliation that they could ask parents and five they could ask students.
    3. Writing task
      Students are to write a response to the questions: 'What can ordinary Australians do for reconciliation? How valuable is this contribution?'
  3. Conclusion:

    Teacher-led discussion about student responses to the writing task. The central focus is to be the connection between reconciliation, self-determination and social justice.

  4. Extension/homework:

    Research assignment as indicated in the unit of work (Towards Reconciliation).