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Teaching with BlackWords
Best Practice for Teaching with Indigenous Stories
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  • We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander owners of the lands on which we work and live and pay our respect to elders, past, present, and emerging.


  • Welcome to Teaching with BlackWords

    ~ Best Practice for Teaching with Indigenous Stories ~


    Explore the content below and the links in the menu to discover rich teaching and learning resources curated from the BlackWords dataset or developed especially for teachers and learners.


  • Professional Development in 2019

     ~Teaching and Learning with BlackWords ~


    a professional development opportunity for school educators and librarians is coming to the State Library of Queensland in Brisbane. We are then heading to Thursday Island, Yarrabah, Woorabinda and, later in the year, Longreach.

    Join us!


    Discover more here...


  • About 'Teaching with BlackWords'

    BlackWords helps teachers to embed Indigenous knowledge and perspectives in their teaching and the classroom.


    BlackWords is an important resource for teachers and it can also be used effectively in the classroom. It gives teachers and students access to Indigenous-written and Indigenous-influenced stories in many forms and to up-to-date information on authors and their works.

    BlackWords contains records for published and some unpublished books, stories, plays, poems, and secondary works associated with First Nations Australian writers and storytellers and includes works in English, in translations, and in Australian languages.  

    BlackWords can help teachers embed Indigenous perspectives in their teaching practices; expanding students understanding of Australia's history, and acknowledging the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Australia's First Nations peoples.

    BlackWords provides access to curated lists of writing from around Australia and the Torres Strait Islands: resources that can be used flexibly to complement a range of curriculum learning goals. Moreover, these resources ensure that teachers can include authentic, diverse perspectives of First Nations peoples in their teaching, as is recommended by the Australian Curriculum.


    Introductory reading

    Read Dr Jeanine Leane’s article Teaching with BlackWords for guidance on embedding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture in teaching.

    Professor Anita Heiss's BlackWords Essays are also key introductory reading to Indigenous writing and storytelling, while her interviews with leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers provide insights into the motivations and inspirations that help them create.


    Browse the Teaching with BlackWords collection of resources using the menu on this page, or click straight through to a search result of works included in BlackWords with linked teaching resources. Explore that list by using the filters provided. 

    Or explore the BlackWords homepage to discover additional resources, research projects, essays, stories and more! 

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