Digital visual representation - activism

Year 9/10
English / Design and Technology

Suggested duration: One lesson


In this task, students will be making a digital visual representation of the key figures involved in activism for social justice among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the past and today.

Cultural resistance is arguably one of the most important forms of survival. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have fought to retain our languages and ways of life, and our many cultures are proudly seen as the longest ongoing living cultures in the world. Our warriors include not only those who served with honour and pride in Australia’s military, but our ancestral warriors who fought against colonial invasion and occupation over many years. Today our modern-day warriors continue the fight to maintain our culture, battle against racism and work in defence of our sovereignty and rights to self-determination (The Little Red Yellow Black Book, p. 142).

Learning outcomes

  • Students will create a digital visual representation to persuade and reflect on a challenging issue.
  • Students will create a Sea of Hands which communicates design ideas by applying design thinking and creativity.
General capabilities Cross-curriculum priorities
Literacy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures
Critical and creative thinking Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures organising ideas: 2, 6
Intercultural understanding  

Australian Curriculum content descriptions

Year 9 English

Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that present a point of view and advance or illustrate arguments, including texts that integrate visual, print and/or audio features (ACELY1746).

Year 10 English

Create sustained texts, including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues (ACELY1756).

Year 9 and 10 Design and Technology

Develop, modify and communicate design ideas by applying design thinking, creativity, innovation and enterprise skills of increasing sophistication (ACTDEP049).

Provisions for differentiation

Learning support

If students are having difficulty coming up with a list of names from the book, the teacher may like to supply a prepared list for them.


Students could come up with a word list that typifies the spirit of early Indigenous Australian leaders and activists rather than using the list of names generated by the class.


  • Copies of the Assignment sheet (PDF)
  • Pens and paper
  • Computer and internet access
  • Access to a colour printer would also be ideal
  • The Little Red Yellow Black Book - an introduction to Indigenous Australia (4th edition), ‘Our leadership and activism’, Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS, Canberra, 2018.

For teachers

Ensure that the guidance notes included in The Little Red Yellow Black Book teacher resources have been considered.


  • Activism
  • Social justice

Preparation: Ensure that students have access to computers and the internet to complete this task.

Step 1.

Ensure students have copies of The Little Red Yellow Black Book and present a brief summary of the material found on pages 147-178.

Step 2.

Set students up with computer and internet access.

Step 3.

Distribute the Assignment sheet and talk through the task expectations with students. Direct students to complete the online task.

Step 4.

If practicable, arrange for colour printing of the images students have produced.

Assessment ideas

  • Rubric based on task instructions
Last reviewed: 8 Nov 2019