Resources for the commemoration of the First World War in 2014-2018. This site provides a range of teaching resources, primary sources, digital content and ideas for how teachers might address this significant historical event in the classroom.
David R Horton is the creator of the Indigenous Language Map. This map is based on language data gathered by Aboriginal Studies Press, AIATSIS and Auslig/Sinclair, Knight, Merz, (1996). The map attempts to represent all of the language or tribal or nation groups of Indigenous people of Australia.
This documentary series traces the history of Australia from 1788 in seven episodes. It was produced in consultation with Aboriginal communities. Primary teachers could use video extracts when teaching about British colonisation or build their own professional knowledge about the topic.
Australian Aborigines existed in almost total isolation for at least 60,000 years. They had no written history so only fragments of Dreamtime stories, cave paintings and etchings ramain to record their remarkable past. Only in the last few decades has a systemic investigation revealed the rich and complex culture that they possessed
Level: Year 7 Topic: The ancient past – Narrabeen Man
Australian Curriculum: History reference – Depth Study 1 Investigating the Ancient Past: Ancient Australia
This unit presents a learning sequence for a topic, the mystery of Narrabeen Man, which is a case study for investigating the nature of the sources for ancient Australia and what they reveal about Australia’s past.
This sample map across year levels shows explicit reference to Asia content in the Australian Curriculum for History. Students learn about the importance of the traditions, beliefs and celebrations of peoples from the Asia region and through the study of ancient societies, trade, conflicts, progressive movements and migration to Australia by people from Asia. From Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia in the Australian Curriculum: History.
Decades of educational and cognitive research has found that there are 3 fundamental principles of learning. These 3 principles should underpin the approach we take in teaching history in the primary classroom:
1. Students come to the classroom with preconceptions about how the world works. We need to engage primary students' initial understanding.
2. To develop competence in historical inquiry, students must a) have a deep foundation of factual knowledge; b) understand facts and ideas in the context of a conceptual framework, and c) organise knowledge in ways that facilitate retrieval and application.
3. A metacognitive (reflective) approach helps students learn to take control and monitor their learning
This book builds on this research and explores how these principles can be applied in teaching history in the primary classroom.
Summary: This lesson is an attempt at creating empathy for the Mothers who had their children forcibly removed. It was originally designed for a Year 8 English Class but could also be adapted for other year levels and other Curriculum Areas, specifically History. It also covers Cross-curriculum priorities. This lesson has been tested and has worked extremely well. It can be quite emotionally challenging for the Teacher and the students
One of my favorite things about Netflix streaming is that I can watch some great history documentaries on my laptop or tablet. As much as I enjoy a good documentary I also know that not everyone does. I also know that many students get bored by documentaries very quickly. On the other hand, short video clips can be helpful to help teachers illustrate a point or present a point in a different manner. If you're a history teacher, particularly a U.S. History teacher, here are seven YouTube channels where you can find some good short video clips to use in your lessons.
Sharing Culture Online is an innovative new teaching and learning system that gives all students, regardless of their ethnic background or age, the opportunity to learn about and engage in the rich diversity of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island cultures.
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