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Join the Great Book Swap to raise money this Indigenous Literacy Day

Tamsin Rose, September 4, 2017 7:17PM Herald Sun

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The Great Book Swap raises funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Picture: supplied media_cameraThe Great Book Swap raises funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Picture: supplied

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STUDENTS, teachers and parents are being encouraged to mix things up on their book shelves this week with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation’s (ILF) Great Book Swap.

Swaps will be happening across the country this Wednesday to raise money on Indigenous Literacy Day.

The ILF works to supply books to remote* indigenous communities, raises money for reading and writing programs and publishes books written by kids and adults in remote locations.

Groups are being encouraged to organise a swap so anyone can bring along a good book and swap it for another in return for a gold coin donation.

ILF program manager Tina Raye said swaps were chances for everyone to get involved.

“It’s a day for the wider Australia to support and celebrate indigenous stories and culture.” she said.

“It’s all about celebrating songs and story and writing.”

Tina Raye reading to a child. Picture: supplied media_cameraTina Raye reading to a child. Picture: supplied

The foundation is aiming to raise more than $200,000 this year, which would enable* it to gift 20,000 new books to remote communities.

According to 2016 NAPLAN data only 25 per cent of indigenous students in remote Australia meet the minimum standard for reading and writing, compared with 90 per cent of non-indigenous kids.

The ILF is working to change this by exposing kids to the written word and letting them tell their own stories.

Ms Raye said the young people the organisation works with had stories to tell and just needed help with how to do so.

“As well as showcasing how talented these kids are, they write and illustrate everything, with

guidance* from our ambassadors,” she said.

“We’ve never come across a kid who isn’t excited about taking a book home, particularly the books written by kids.”

Alison Lester with one of the kids the ILF is helping. Picture: supplied media_cameraAlison Lester with one of the kids the ILF is helping. Picture: supplied

ILF ambassador and author Alison Lester has worked in remote communities and been impressed at the number of languages many children spoke and their creativity.

“For many of these kids English isn’t their first language but it’ll be their second or third,” she said.

“The stories have really ranged and sometimes we tell it in English, sometimes in another language and they take really unexpected turns.”

There will be four book launches on Wednesday. They are at:

Sydney Opera House: Alison Lester joins ambassadors musician Josh Pyke and author Anita Heiss, along with elders and students from WA’s Yakanarra community to launch the Yakanarra Song Book, a collection of 14 culturally significant* songs written by members of the community in Walmajarri.

St Thomas More School students are taking part in the swap. Picture: David Crosling media_cameraSt Thomas More School students are taking part in the swap. Picture: David Crosling

Federation Square: Authors and ILF ambassadors Andy Griffiths and Jared Thomas will be joined by students from the Tiwi Islands for the launch of Shallow in the Deep End.

The book tells the story of a water buffalo who thinks he is a pet dog.

Larrakeyah Primary School students during the Great Book Swap a few years ago. Picture: supplied media_cameraLarrakeyah Primary School students during the Great Book Swap a few years ago. Picture: supplied

State Library of Western Australia: Illustrator Ann James and author Gregg Dreise will join students from Tjuntjuntjara, Mt Margaret, Laverton and Menzies for the launch and performance of I Open the Door.
Angels’s Palace, Brisbane: In partnership with the Brisbane Writer’s Festival Former Governor-General of Australia the Hon. Quentin Bryce, ILF founder Suzy Wilson and students from rural Queensland will launch Two Ways Strong.

For more information or to organise your own Great Book Swap visit the website: www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au/indigenous-literacy-day-2017

GLOSSARY

remote: far from other things

enable: let do

guidance: help and advice

significant: major

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CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

Activity 1: Information Sheet

Design and create a one page information sheet about Indigenous Literacy Day.
It should include information such as when it is, why it exists, what will be happening on the day and how people can get involved.

Your information sheet should include enough information to explain the basic details of the day and be able to be read within a minute or two.
It should also be visually pleasing with colours and pictures that suit the subject matter.

Extension:

On a computer, create a digital version of your information sheet design.

Time: allow 40 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Visual Arts, Digital Technologies

Activity 2: Storytelling

Storytelling is an important part of indigenous culture.
Practise your own storytelling skills.
Read a favourite story from your class library and then retell the story to a partner in your own words.
Be sure to make your story interesting by being enthusiastic and using expression and body language.


Extension:

Retell an interesting story from your own life to your partner.
Feel free to embellish your story to make it more dramatic or exciting.

Time: allow 25 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English

VCOP ACTIVITY

(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)

Word swap

You’ve heard of the Great Book Swap, now meet the great word swap.
All you need to do to complete the challenge is find five words (not adjectives) and swap/replace them with a higher level synonym.

Remember to make sure the replacement words still fits into the context of the sentence.

Extension:
Think that was easy? Try another five.

OR

Underline five new words and challenge a friend to do the same and then swap with each other.
You can each earn two points for every word you can effectively replace.

If anyone passes a word back to the owner of the challenge because they can’t think of a replacement, then the owner must come up with a replacement to win the point or the other person wins five points.

Who will win?

Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP

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