Australia is a multicultural country, with diversity reflected across our remote, rural and urban area. On a daily basis, most children have to interact with people from a different cultural background to their own.
This 10 week unit of work, based on the book Paper Planes by Steve Worland, investigates the diversity of Australian cultures. It explores the theme: One Country, Many Cultures.
Students investigate through the novel, and other multimedia and books, how geographic location, family background, experiences and other factors influence someone’s cultural practices. Students compare the cultural behaviours and expectations of different groups within society, such as the behaviours and beliefs of young people compared with the behaviour and beliefs of elderly people.
This unit aims develop students understanding of the concept that to be ‘Australian’ means many different things. It explores the benefits and difficulties of living in a multicultural society. It helps students build a bank of intercultural understanding & communication skills so that they will be better equipped as children to break down cultural barriers and interact positively with people from many different backgrounds.
This unit features imaginative, persuasive and informative types of texts such as: procedure, poetry, newspaper article, information report, narrative, explanation, imaginative recount, interview script etc. It is also integrated with the Customs and Cultures strand of HSIE Syllabus.
This unit is heavily underpinned by the following Australian Curriculum General Capabilities and Cross-Curriculum Priorities: Intercultural understanding, Literacy, Difference and Diversity.