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Australian History Timeline

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This Scoop it site includes resources for the Stage 3 strand Change and Continuity, in particular, Significant Events and People:

CCS3.1 “Explains the significance of particular people, groups, places, actions and events in the past in developing Australia’s identity and heritage.”


The Australian History Timeline website is visually stimulating with lots of photos and images which provide a great visual timeline of Australia’s history. This timeline enables students to see Australian events in chronological order giving a sense of the era in which they occurred. It is easy to use and comprises photographs, video clips, and short summaries. Users can search for people, places and by decade. The site provides succinct summaries for events.  More in depth research is assisted with the inclusion of links to other websites.

 

It also includes world events allowing students to develop a sense of contemporaneous events occurring overseas at a particular point in time. It could be useful when studying global events.

 

This site provides a clear demonstration of how a large amount of information can be presented chronologically. Students could use the site as inspiration for creating their own timeline, either digital or on paper for an assessment task. It also shows how selection of an appropriate image can enhance writing about historical events.

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Mabo - ABC TV

Mabo - ABC TV | Events that have shaped Australia's identity | Scoop.it
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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this website contains images and voices of people who have died.

 

The fight of three people from Mer Island in the Torres Strait, led by Eddie Mabo, to prove that their people are the customary owners of land on Mer and sections of the Great Barrier Reef can be understood by senior primary students and is an inspiring introduction to Indigenous activism and significant people who have furthered the fight for Indigenous rights.

 

This website includes resources which support the ABC telemovie "Mabo" (rated PG).

 

Cultural consultants for "Mabo" were Eddie Koiki Mabo’s daughter, Gail Mabo, and Charles Passi a Daurareb tribesman from the Meriam islands in eastern Torres Strait who lives on Thursday Island where he plays a leading role in the community.

 

There is a timeline of native title in Australia, which provides succinct summaries of Indigenous protests and clips from radio and television news bulletins.

 http://www.abc.net.au/tv/mabo/timeline/

Students could record their own radio or television news bulletin based on the Mabo case or other Indigenous protests.

 

The video page includes 4 documentayr clips which are less than 10 minutes. These videos include people who were involved in the case and explain its implications in a clear and easy to understand manner.

http://www.abc.net.au/tv/mabo/videos/?play=messagestick_2012_ep19.mp4

 

This website includes a short quiz: www.abc.net.au/tv/mabo/‎quiz/

A suggested assessment for this topic is an adapted version of the Quiz from the ABC website to test students' knowledge and understanding.

 

This topic could also be used to develop students skills related to social and civic participation and they could look at issues of social inequality faced by Indigenous Australians today, for example, the fight for constitutional recognition, and write letters supporting a cause or make posters promoting awareness.

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Crossing the Blue Mountains | State Library of New South Wales

Crossing the Blue Mountains | State Library of New South Wales | Events that have shaped Australia's identity | Scoop.it
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The State Library of NSW houses collections of documents. This website provides access to resources which tell the story of explorers' attempts to cross the Blue Mountains including journals, watercolour drawings and maps.

 

This site describes modes of transport in the 1800s including the use of pack horses and gives students an idea of how tedious travel was. Students could compare the journey in the 1800s and the journey today with the availability of modern transport. Students could study the development of infrastructure, in particular the construction of a railway.

 

The site also contains images of William Lawson and William Charles Wenthworth’s journals. Journals could be used as a literacy tool and students could read and compare other historic journals or write their own journals based on historical events.

 

The maps could introduce the students to cartography and lead into a unit which examines other areas and types of maps. Students could undertake activities such as making maps which are relevant to their lives, such as for the local area.

 

Exploration of the Blue Mountains will be of particular interest to Sydney students because it is within close proximity to where they live but many students will not have been there. This topic could involve an excursion to the Blue Mountains for students to see the terrain and gain an understanding of the hardship of colonial exploration.

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Sudanese Stories | Sudanese Stories | NSW Migration Heritage Centre

Sudanese Stories | Sudanese Stories | NSW Migration Heritage Centre | Events that have shaped Australia's identity | Scoop.it
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This website provides oral accounts by members of Blacktown’s Sudanese community as they share their experiences of moving from Sudan to Australia. It exemplifies diversity between people, within a community and a variety of experiences.

 

Grace Jook’s story of studying at the library will interest, and possibly amaze, students. Her and her friends’ determination to overcome their disrupted schooling and do well in their HSC demonstrates an appreciation of the value of education, which may be a value students recognise in their own families.

 

Photos, maps and descriptions of Sudan provide students with some understanding of the adjustment required of immigrants. An activity may be to compare life in Australia to life in Sudan.

 

Students could conduct research about migrantion. They could conduct an interview of a person who has migrated to Australia and document their experience. This could be part of a unit of study about the link between world events and the arrival and plight of migrant groups.

 

In order to incorporate literacy students could read and review a book about a migrant’s experience. They could read or perform part of this text to the class. Here is a reading of “The Little Refugee” by Anh Do and Suzanne Do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fml6dIcfQFA

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~ GOLD ~

~ GOLD ~ | Events that have shaped Australia's identity | Scoop.it
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Significant events such as the gold rush changed the population of Australia by bringing migrants from around the world. The SBS “Gold” website provides resources about many aspects of the gold rush including life on the diggings, immigration and population, economy & infrastructure, law and democracy.

 

The Immigration and Population page includes articles which give information about the goldfields population including the number of migrants and where they came from. These articles also describe social phenomenon which arose, for example, the mistrust and harsh treatment of the Chinese.

 

The Literature page includes a description of the journalism and literature on the gold fields. There are a number of personal accounts of the goldfields, including a women’s perspective and an artist’s perspective. Of particular note is Raffaelo Carboni’s eyewitness account of the attack on the Eureka Stockade.

 

The Arts, Culture and Entertainment page include the story of an Indigenous boy named Oscar and pictures that he drew. I think that students would be interested in the life of a young man close to their age. All of these personalised accounts of life on the gold fields could be used in activities which enhance literacy where students create their own description of life for a person on the goldfields. Students could also create drawings to support their account.

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