National Sorry Day

by frances 14. February 2009 19:16

Yesterday was National Apology Day marking the 1st anniversary since the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, said "Sorry" to the Indigenous peoples of Australia - an apology to the Stolen Generations.


There haven't been as many WebQuests written as there could have been on this topic!

An older WebQuest, created in 2001, that asks the Question "Should the Prime Minister say sorry?" is still relevant. This WebQuest could easily be adapted and brought up to date using SWAT (Short-cut WebQuest Authoring Tool - its free and we will give you mentoring help) to relate to the fact that PM Kevin Rudd has said Sorry to the Stolen Generations. The further questions still remain: "But has he gone far enough? What should happen now? Is there a difference between an Apology Day and a Sorry Day?"

Aboriginal Studies  Silver award      

Key Learning Areas: HSIE / SOSE / Social Studies; Religious Education & Values
Key Competencies: Collecting, analysing and organising information; Communicating Ideas and information; Solving problems; Working in a team
Tasks: Analytical; Compilation; Consensus; Judgement; Research
Grade Levels: Secondary / High School
Country: Australia Australia
Language: English
 Author: No author stated

Suitable for students in Years 7 - 9 studying Indigenous Reconciliation in Australia in Social Studies or Religion or Ethics. Students are given the following scenario: "The Prime Minister of Australia has requested a group be appointed to help advise himself and other central community representatives on how Australian people view saying "Sorry" to the Aboriginal People." Students are to belong to this Advisors group and to investigate the issue and then report back their findings." The big question is: "Should the Prime Minister and the Government say "sorry" to the Aboriginal People? Why/why not?" Students are to take on the following roles: an historian, a reporter, a health worker, an anthropologist and a librarian. Students investigate the Stolen Generations, Indigenous Rights, Reconciliation, Social Justice, Social and Civic Responsibility, Human Rights. As a team and as members of the individual perspectives students are to come together to answer the big question and reach concensus. Each member of the team will then write a letter outlining the reasons for their choice. This webquest makes use of the Nidja Noongar Boodjar Noonook Nyininy (NNBNN) resource pack, developed by the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia. Resources: comprehensive. Evaluation rubric for both the team and individual are present. No Conclusion is provided but there is Real World Feedback with email contacts for the Prime Minister, Minister and other authorities. No Teacher's Guide although there is a Teacher Resources link to Curriculum Frameworks for The Arts, English, Mathematics and Society and Environment. No Duration or Implementation advice is provided. Design and Layout: design and some images to aid students. Tips to improve: links to the Apology Day (13th February 2008) and extend the parameters of the big question. Last updated 2007.

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