Every year on Australia Day, 26 January, the country honours the Australians of the Year: citizens who have made a major contribution to making other people’s lives better. This year’s Young Australian of the Year is Danzal Baker, alias Baker Boy, a 22-year-old Indigenous Australian who raps in three languages. As well as achieving success in rap, dance and graffiti, Baker mentors Indigenous youth to help them achieve their dreams.
Pupils will learn about Danzal Baker, and the situation of Aboriginal people in Australia through an article and a video. They will explore the topic of indigenous languages – 2019 is the United Nations Year of Indigenous Languages, and make a speech to convince some Australian students to learn an indigenous language. You can go further with a poem.
Language and structures
- personal description
- rap, music, dance and art
- connecting events in the past
- expressing hopes for the future
- giving advice and suggestions
- Australian culture and history
- Australian aboriginal culture
- Indigenous languages
Awards presentation: NADC/Salty Dingo
Portrait photo of Danzal Baker: NADC/Broken Yellow
Download resources :
> Uluru to Close to Public
> Australian Election Turnaround
> Australian Identity Crisis
> School of the Air in Australia
> Waitangi Day, New Zealand’s National Day
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