In this activity students will research and select three quotes by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. These quotes can be excerpts from interviews, songs, stories, articles or any other text types students wish to engage with. Students will create a collection of short factual, instructive, personal, aspirational and or poetic phrases that include the quotes from their chosen sources and their own brief reflection (1-2 sentences) on what they have learned from engaging with their chosen text. They will then place these in locations around the school for other students to find in a treasure hunt! The aim of this activity is to:
Either as a class, in small groups or individually students will research, read and comment upon various texts that are relevant to the theme Our Voices, Our Future and to reconciliation. As a starting point why not look at our Resources page. Each student will highlight 3-4 short phrases that either inspire them, prompt a response and or cause them to reflect on the key themes.
Step 2: write and place Students will write their chosen quotes on small pieces of coloured paper and stick these in locations around the school. As the students complete the writing component of this activity they can be invited to go and place their three quotes in the designated areas within the school. Teachers may like to give students direction as to what locations they can use for the treasure hunt. Encourage students to be creative and decorate the pieces of paper that will be displayed around the school!
Step 3: the search
Once all students have completed writing and placing their quotes, the search begins. Individually or in small groups students can be invited to explore the designated areas around the school and playground to find 3-4 quotes each that appeal to them. Each student will need to keep the quotes they have found.
Step 4: share and discuss
When all students have a collection of found quotes they will return to the classroom and take turns to reading aloud and discussing the phrases they have chosen and why they selected them.
Step 5: reflection and writing development
Based on the class discussions encourage students to write a reflection about what they have learned from participating in this activity. This reflection may form the basis for the development of their own creative writing piece or art submission. Look at Create Art or Create Writing and use the content provided to explore your chosen medium and develop an entry.