Teaching with AustLit

  • The Australian Curriculum

    The Australian Curriculum for years up to and including Year 10 was implemented in Australian schools in 2012, with the Senior Secondary Curriculum implemented in 2014. By drawing on resources from specialised areas of research within AustLit, AustLit can help teachers address the three primary cross-curriculum objectives of the Australian Curriculum.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

    BlackWords provides searchable information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers, storytellers and their published and unpublished books, stories, plays, poems and criticism. It includes works in English and in Indigenous Australian languages.

    — Read Dr Jeanine Leane’s essay on using BlackWords in the National Curriculum context.

    — Explore the BlackWords Information Trails. These gather together detailed information on themes relevant to the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures in teaching.

    — Use BlackWords' Historical Events Calendar to find information about significant dates.

    — Read a collection of accessible essays by Dr Anita Heiss on variety of aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytelling.

  • Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia

    Three AustLit research areas provide useful background about Australia's relationship with Asia.

    Asian-Australian Children’s Literature and Publishing provides information about fiction for children that is

    — set in Asia

    — represents Asian-Australian cultures and experiences

    — published in selected Asian languages.

    Children’s Literature Digital Resources make available a number of children’s literature Research and Learning Trails.

    Australian Literary Responses to 'Asia' tracks literary responses by Australian writers to that diverse region called 'Asia'. It includes information on works about, set in, or in some cases, containing references to or images of countries in Asia, North East Asia, South East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, the Middle East and Papua New Guinea. It does not cover the Asian diaspora, for example, Indians in Fiji.

  • Sustainability

    From 'An Appele to Yung Australyer' (1863), through the life work of Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Judith Wright, to Tony Park's adventure novel The Delta (2010) featuring mercenary-turned-'eco-commando' Sonja Kurtz, Australia's literary obsession with the environment extends far and wide from the traditional concerns of 'drought and flooding rain'.

    Why not begin exploring this literary obsession through some of these pre-set searches?