Young Dark Emu – Teacher’s Guide

A Teacher’s Guide by Jennet Cole-Adams.

These learning activities are designed to help teachers work with Young Dark Emu. They are aligned with the HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES CURRICULUM AT YEARS 4 AND 5, where the text’s content has strong relevance.

Young Dark Emu, like the original Dark Emu, provides students with the opportunity to explore a different perspective regarding Australia’s First Nations and colonial histories. Too often, Indigenous perspectives about the past have been dismissed, along with the oral traditions on which they rely. With this book, Bruce Pascoe confronts the silencing of Indigenous voices and histories. Using the written documents of early European explorers and colonists as his evidence, Pascoe provides irrefutable proof of complex First Nations societies which existed prior to colonisation.

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Many of these resources and activities have been developed in consultation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to ensure that the program meets NSW curriculum outcomes for Stages 3, 4 & 5.