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Teaching resources, ideas and links for the Australian Curriculum :history topic "Australia as a Nation". In this topic, Stage 3 students identify change and continuity and describe the causes and effects of change on Australian society; describe and explain the struggles for rights and freedoms in Australia, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and apply a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication
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NSW syllabus ACH Topic Stage 3 : Australia as a Nation

Throughout 2011 and 2012, the Board of Studies NSW developed new K–10 syllabuses for English, Mathematics, Science (incorporating Science and Technology K–6) and History that incorporate agreed Australian Curriculum content.
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Australian Accents

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Okay now we've all heard people from overseas try to do an Aussie accent. It can be pretty embarrassing to listen to. But is there just one accent or do Australians from different areas or walks of life speak in different ways? Here's Emma with more about one research project helping to answer that very question.
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Documenting Democracy

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Documentary evidence of the laws, events, people and places that have shaped the development of Australia's democracy.

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1901 Australian Snapshot

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What was life like in 1901? The Australian Bureau of Statistics data are excellent primary sources to use in the classroom. Use a graphic organiser (e.g. Venn diagram, T Chart, Retrieval Chart) to organise and record information. Compare what life was like in 1901 to current times and begin to analyse WHY and WHAT has changed over the century.

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Australia Day | State Library of New South Wales

Australia Day | State Library of New South Wales | Primary history- Australia as a Nation | Scoop.it
The official founding ceremony of the new colony at Port Jackson has become

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Description of what is on this site:

 

This fascinating resource includes pictures and documents originating from the days of the First Fleet. These give students an idea of the British community who were settling in Sydney as well as the environment they inhabited. By extension, this also gives the students insight into the great changes in community and environment which have occurred since then.

 

 

A teaching idea and idea for an assessment task:

 

After some instruction on the forms of newspaper writing, children can be encouraged to consider all the aspects of Australia Day as they write their own articles, newspaper style, for their summative assessment task. The resource at this link  http://www.enchantedlearning.com/newspaper/ could help students understand about newspaper writing styles. Perhaps these can be published in the school newsletter. Students should be encouraged to report on the changes in community and family life and the effects of these on individuals, groups and the environment from 'the first Australia Day', January 26, 1788, until now. 

 

 

A literacy or numeracy strategy:

 

The above activity would cover outcome EN2-2A from the English Syllabus, 'plans, composes and reviews' 'texts that are more demanding'.

 

 

References:

 

Enchanted Learning (2015) Make a Classroom Newspaper. Retrieved April 20, 2015, from http://www.enchantedlearning.com/newspaper/

 

State Library of NSW (2015). The First Australia Day. Retrieved April 6, 2015, from http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/discover_collections/history_nation/terra_australis/education/australia_day/index.html

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Historic images 1900-1950 Sydney Harbour

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The Google Cultural Institute brings together millions of artifacts from multiple partners, with the stories that bring them to life, in a virtual museum.
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What's Australia Day all about?

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Explore, play and learn with ABC Splash. Over 2500 videos, games and other resources. All mapped to the Australian curriculum.
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This clip investigates Australia Day from different perspectives.


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Inquiry questions for topic of migration

The feature provides an introduction to the study of immigration to the United States focusing only on the immigrant groups that arrived in greatest numbers during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
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Some useful American based resources that can be adapted for learning about the impact of migration on Australia's national identity.

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Harvest of Endurance

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Harvest of Endurance is a 50-metre long scroll depicting 2 centuries of Chinese contact with Australia. The opportunities for building new knowledge about the past through visual literacy are boundless.

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Broome in 1940s- the impact of migration

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The Indian camel trader and the Japanese pearl diver become part of the film’s projection of the exotic within the expansive space of the Australian outback. (Video excerpt 2.55 minutesalso has educational notes. This clip chosen to be G)
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Old footage shows the impact of migration on the small town of Broome in the 1940s. The film also reveals something of the attitudes of the time.

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Our shared history | Share Our Pride

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Australia's Shared History is presented on a interactive timeline. Significant dates, events, places and people are presented.

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World Vision: 'Get Connected' migration lesson plan

World Vision: 'Get Connected' migration lesson plan | Primary history- Australia as a Nation | Scoop.it

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World Vision Australia has a range of school resources linked to its magazine 'Get Connected'. The resources related to migration and asylum seekers are notable for their global perspective.

 

The migration lesson plan is a series of six lessons designed to accompany the issue of 'Get Connected' focusing on migration. The lesson plan covers the following aspects of migration:

- Australia’s immigration story

- Push and pull factors

- Types of migration

- Asylum seekers and refugees

- The migrant experience

- The role of government and NGOs.

 

The magazine itself  includes a number of personal narratives in the form of written case studies, and the lesson plan links to digital migration stories, part of acmi’s digital storytelling project: http://generator.acmi.net.au/education-themes

 

MODIFICATION

The migration lesson plan does not specify a target stage or age group, and seem to be geared towards upper primary and lower secondary students.

 

This means that some of the content and activities would need to be modified for Stage 2 students. This could be done by:

- limiting the amount of independent research that students are expected to complete for activities

- supplying the information instead, either as printouts or links to websites.

 

Lesson 6, ‘the role of government and NGOs’, may be more suitable for Stage 3 students, who look at ‘structures, roles, responsibilities and decision-making processes of State and federal governments’ (SSS3.8)

 

However, many of the activities in the lesson plan are already suitable for Stage 2 students. These include:

- creating a class graph or chart showing the regions that families come from

- making a poster of push-pull factors

- examining and interpreting maps.

 

RESOURCES

Although the lesson plan is free to download, the magazine itself is not available to download. It can be ordered from World Vision for $9.90 per copy.

http://www.worldvision.com.au/Libraries/School_Resources/Get_Connected_Order_Form_2012.pdf

 

SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIALS 

Asylum seekers fact sheet

http://www.worldvision.com.au/Libraries/School_Resources/Asylum_seekers.pdf

 

The refugee journey

http://www.worldvision.com.au/Libraries/School_Resources/The_refugee_journey.pdf

 

LINKS TO OTHER SYLLABUS OUTCOMES

Stage 2 teachers could consider using texts with personal narratives to link this global perspective on migration to the English syllabus. Suggested texts include:

 

The Little Refugee, by Anh Do and Suzanne Do, illustrated by Bruce Whatley

- Anh Do's story about his family's escape from war-torn Vietnam and his childhood in Australia, told especially for children

http://www.allenandunwin.com/default.aspx?page=94&book=9781742378329

http://www.allenandunwin.com/_uploads/BookPdf/TeachersNotes/9781742378329.pdf

 

Harmony and understanding

http://www.blake.com.au/Harmony-and-Understanding-s/773.htm

A nonfiction series that fosters understanding, inclusion, tolerance and respect for the multicultural experience. Created in partnership with the Australian Multicultural Foundation

 

World Vision Australia and the Primary English Teaching Association Australia have also developed a unit of work called ‘Global people’

http://www.globalwords.edu.au/units/Refugees_UPY6_html/documents/GlobalWords_Refugees_UPY6print.pdf

 

The ‘Global people’ unit of work is based on the following texts:

‘Ziba Came on a Boat’, by Liz Lofthouse, illustrated by Robert Ingpen

‘Mahtab’s Story, by Libby Gleeson

‘Parvana’, by Deborah Ellis

‘Boy Overboard’, by Morris Gleitzman

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ABC Splash ConCensus

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ConCensus is a data visulisation game that is created by Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which allows students to explore the real data that were gathered by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2011 Census.


This interactive game addresses the following BOSTES Geography outcomes: 
Describe the diverse features and characteristics of place and environment – GE3-1 
Through this game, students are able to explore the diversity within Australia by looking and comparing the data of different places within Australia. For example, they can compare the number people that speaks English at home in Tasmania with the number of people that speaks English at home in Queensland. 

Explains interactions and connections between people, places and environments – GE3-2 
By looking at the data of the ethnic backgrounds of the people from different suburb or places as well as the data of the language spoken at home, students are able to learn to deduce and make connections of between people and places 

Acquires, processes and communicates geographical information using geographical tools for inquiry GE3-4 
Students are able to acquire, process and communicate geographical information by using geographical tools for inquiry, in this case, graphs and statistics from the census on language spoken at home, ethnic background, families etc.



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How does it relate to the geographical concepts? 
Place: By examining the data, students are able to know the demographic characteristics of a place on different scales (local, state and national). Those characteristics included ethnic background, language spoken at home, families etc. 

Space: Students can explore the population distribution of an ethnic group in Australia and the ways the significance of location and spatial distribution, and ways people organise and manage spaces, in this case, Australia.
 
Interconnection: Students are able to recognise the interconnection between the data of the ethnic background and the data of the language spoken at home. 

Scale: Students are able to understand how global events like migrations can affect and shape the Australian population in different scales (local, state, national) and how migrations can influence the Australian culture. 

Change: Students are able to identify the changes of Australian population by looking at the data from the ConCensus and compare it with similar data from the past census. 


What geographical inquiry skills are developed by using this source?
Through this game, students are able to developed the following geographical inquiry skills: 

Acquiring geographical information (NSW BOSTES, 2015, p. 51) 
 Students are able to formulate geographical questions by looking at the data of different places in Australia “to investigate and plan an inquiry” (ACHGS033, ACHGS040). 
For example: 
➢ Why some states have more people speaking English at home than the other? 
➢ Why this suburb is mostly occupied by this certain ethnicity? 

 By using visual representations, statistical sources and reports, students are able to “collect and record relevant geographical data and information, using ethical protocols” (ACHGS034, ACHGS041) 
 
Processing geographical information (NSW BOSTES, 2015, p. 52) 
 By using digital and spatial technologies like ConCensus, students are able “to interpret geographical data and information… and identify spatial distributions, patterns and trends, and infer relationships to draw conclusions” (ACHGS037, ACHGS044) 

Communicating geographical information (NSW BOSTES, 2015, p. 52) 
 By comparing the data and discussing it in the classroom, students are able to "present findings and ideas in a range of communication forms as appropriate" (ACHGS038, ACHGS045) and as a result, helps student to construct new knowledge through “interactions with others” such as teachers and their peers. (Bobis, Mulligan & Lowrie, 2013, p. 9) 


Why is it chosen as a student resource? 
The reason why it is chosen is because geography “is a subject that deals head-on with the globally integrated world we live in and the big issues of sustainability, migration, refugees and asylum seekers, global inequalities, population and climate change” (Costello, 2010, cited in Kriewaldt, 2012, p. 11) Additionally, students need to have an understanding of Australia's demographic characteristics as it is part of the curriculum requirement, where students are required to "describe the population, explain factors that contribute to the distribution" and compare it with other countries. (Kriewaldt & Boon, 2012, p.139) Hence, it is important for students to study the demographic characteristics of place and by looking at the data provided by the ConCensus, students are able to post questions and start an inquiry in regards to people movements between countries such as the reasons why tourists or visitors would visit Australia or the reasons why immigrants and refugees would move to Australia. (Matthews & Herbert, 2008, p. 7)

According to Boon, online, interactive games and simulations “provide an engaging and multisensory learning experience for students.”(Boon, 2012, p. 288) Those games and simulations often allow students to “play out” in a variety of ways, as a result improve the students’ understanding of geographical knowledge, concepts and skills. In the ConCensus case, students can be engaged with their learning when playing this game as they can explore the data by category, by state or even insert the postcode of a suburb that they are living in. As a result, “encourages students to look carefully at the factors that contributed towards a geographical phenomenon.” (Boon, 2012, p. 288) 

Furthermore, students can create their own census by using MyCensus and ask their peers or families to complete their census. Through activities like this will expand students’ geographical inquiry skills and develop more questions. Hence, inspire students to explore and evaluate the questions they have formulated and the data they have collected from their census. (Boon, 2012, p. 134) 


Reference: 
- ABC Splash (2014). ConCensus. Retrieved May 12, 2016, from http://concensus.splash.abc.net.au/concensus-game/
 
- Bobis, J., Mulligan, J., & Lowrie, T. (2013). Mathematics for children 4th Ed. Frenchs Forest, N.S.W.: Pearson Australia. 

- Boon, D. (2012). ICT in geography and history. In T. Taylor, C. Fahey, J. Kriewaldt & D. Boon. Place and Time. Explorations in Teaching Geography and History. Frenchs Forest: Pearson Australia 

- Kriewaldt, J. (2012). Why geography matters. In T. Taylor, C. Fahey, J. Kriewaldt & D. Boon. Place and Time. Explorations in Teaching Geography and History. Frenchs Forest: Pearson Australia 

- Kriewaldt, J., Boon, D. (2012). Geographic inquiry. In T. Taylor, C. Fahey, J. Kriewaldt & D. Boon. Place and Time. Explorations in Teaching Geography and History. Frenchs Forest: Pearson Australia 

- Matthews, J. A., & Herbert, D. T. (2008). Geography: A very short introduction. Oxford;New York;: Oxford University Press. 

- NSW Board of Studies Teaching & Educational Standards NSW. (2015). Geography K-6 syllabus. Sydney: NSW Board of Studies Teaching & Educational Standards.
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Australia's Federation - Behind the News

You probably know that Aussie states have their own laws and their own leaders but have you ever wondered why that is? It all goes back to a time when th
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Chinese Migration and the Gold Rush

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The reasons people migrated to Australia from Europe and Asia, and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony. (ACHHK096)
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Louder than One Voice – 50 years of the Indigenous vote and its importance

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This website reflects on human rights in Australia and the long struggle of Australia's indigenous peoples. It contains images of artwork commissioned by the Indigenous Electoral Participation Program (IEPP) used to encourage Indigenous people to enrol to vote for the 50th anniversary of the indigenous vote (2012). A link is also provided to the Australian Electoral Commission's Louder Than One Voice video. 

 

Commemorating 50 years since indigenous Australians were given the right to vote at federal elections (1962 - 2012), Louder Than One Voice documents through interviews the struggle of Australia's indigenous peoples to be recognised by the government. Targeted at Indigenous Australians, it stresses the importance of having indigenous voices heard through the vote and how voting will make changes for future generations and benefit Australia as a nation. 

 

 

View 'Louder Than One Voice' on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4Xu207eC70&nbsp

 

These sources are appropriate and "sensitive and adequate" in their treatment of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders and their relation and role in the electoral process and governmental issues (Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, 2007, p. 1.). ATSI perspectives are clearly evident, a cross-curriculum priority of the Australian National Curriculum (ACARA, 2015), which enables students to investigate electoral issues from an indigenous viewpoint and draws attention to governmental issues ATSI peoples still face (Kleeman, 2012, pp. 24-28).

 

These perspectives allow students to "learn about, acknowledge and value the cultures of Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders" (NCB, 2009, p.15 in Stevens and McDonald, 201, p. 387). By embedding indigenous perspectives, the sources are also striving towards reconciliation and "recognising, acknowledging and redressing existing racism...for the benefit of all Australians" (Stevens & McDonald, 2011, pp. 387-388).

 

 

A literacy activity  could include:

- Students write a hypothetical letter from the viewpoint of an Australian Indigenous person to their local government representative, highlighting issues they face such as poverty and a lack of education. This could show how citizen participation can contribute to the wider community and the importance of citizens having their voices heard at a governmental level.

 

 

 

References:

 

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority, (2015), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures, Retrieved 29 March 2015 from  

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/CrossCurriculumPriorities/Aboriginal-and-Torres-Strait-Islander-histories-and-cultures

 

Australian Electoral Commission, (2012), Louder than One Voice, Retrieved 28 March 2015 from  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4Xu207eC70&nbsp

 

Kleeman, G (2012). Towards a more inclusive curriculum: The perspectives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples in geography curriculum documents. Geographical Education, 25(1), pp. 24-28.

 

Stevens, V & McDonald, H, (2011), Incorporating Aboriginal perspectives and Torres Strait Islander perspectives in SOSE. In Gilbert, R & Hoepper, B (Eds) Teaching Society and Environment (pp. 324-347), Melbourne: CENGAGE Learning

 
Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority, (2007), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives: Selecting and evaluating resources. Retrieved 28 March 2015 from https://www.qcaa.qld.edu.au/downloads/approach/indigenous_g008_0712.pdf

 

Right Now Inc. (2012), Louder than One Voice – 50 years for Indigenous vote, Retrieved 28 March 2015 from http://rightnow.org.au/artwork/louder-than-one-voice-50-years-for-indigenous-vote/

 

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Project-based learning: essential questions and authentic tasks

Project-based learning: essential questions and authentic tasks | Primary history- Australia as a Nation | Scoop.it
Essential questions and authentic tasks work together in a project-based learning environment
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Some nice ideas for a problem-based approach to learning about Migration. Drive the inquiry with an effective and essential question and design authentic tasks to deepen understanding.

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Drive historical inquiry with effective questions and design authentic assessment tasks when teaching history in the primary school.


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Some nice ideas for a problem-based approach to learning about Migration. Drive the inquiry with an effective and essential question and design authentic tasks to deepen understanding.

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Interesting Australians

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Images from the State Library of NSW's collections of interesting figures in Australia's history.
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The Immigrant Experience: Down the Rabbit Hole - Lesson Plan | Teacher Resources - Library of Congress

In this lesson, students will use the first-hand accounts of immigrants, class discussions of students' experiences, and other primary source documents and images from the collections of the Library of Congress to uncover the common themes of the immigrant experience.
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Need ideas for teaching about migration? These resources from the Library of Congress in the US can be adapted to suit an Australian context.


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Australia as a Nation: Vietnam and migration

Australia as a Nation: Vietnam and migration | Primary history- Australia as a Nation | Scoop.it
This website has been designed for Primary School teachers. It  provides a whole unit of work aimed at stage 3 students looking at Vietnam and the migration to Australia. 
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A Stage 3 unit of work developed by final year B.Ed Primary students to support teaching and learning for the Australian history topic: Australia as a Nation

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Federation | AC History Units

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Developed by the History Teachers' Association of Australia, this Year 6 Unit of Work titled "Federation" uses a historical inquiry approach. Activities are framed around a Multiple Intelligences/Bloom's Taxonomy grid.

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Webquest: What contributions have immigrants made to the Australian way of life?

Webquest: What contributions have immigrants made to the Australian way of life? | Primary history- Australia as a Nation | Scoop.it

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 This is an excellent webquest that aligns closely with ideas of heritage, identity and migration explored by Stage 2 HSIE students in NSW. The objective of this webquest is to ‘explore the journey undertaken by migrant families and come to understand their contributions to Australia.’ (http://jesselda-webquest.wikispaces.com/Introduction)

 

WEBQUESTS

 

A webquest often takes the form of a mystery or problem for students to solve online. It generally features a task for students to complete using pre-provided links to information.

 

Lamb (2004, p. 38) has described a webquest as ‘a particular type of inquiry-based activity that asks students to use Web-based resources and tools to transform what they are learning into meaningful understandings and real-world projects.’

 

Webquests also have the following benefits:

- most or all of the information is found on pre-selected websites

- learners do not have to spend substantial time using search tools

- web-based information is used to address high-level questions.

(Lamb, 2004, p. 38)

 

OVERVIEW

 

The webquest sets five tasks for completion under the following headings:

- The history of immigration in Australia

- Why did/do people migrate to Australia?

- What are the contributions/impacts of immigration in Australia?

- Preparation for the interview [with someone who has migrated to Australia from another country]

- The interview

 

In completing these tasks, students hear narratives told by migrants to Australia, and identify occupations, skills and culinary traditions migrants have brought with them.

 

Students carry out the following exercises in their journey through the webquest:

- define terms

- create a timeline, survey, graph and mindmap

- collaborate with classmates

- conduct an interview.

 

MODIFICATION

This webquest has been developed for Victorian primary school students in year 4, and makes excellent use of local resources from  Museum Victoria. The content is relevant to Stage 2 (year 3 and 4) students in NSW, however some of the activities may need to be modified for younger students – for instance, tasks 4 and 5 might be changed to ask students to formulate interview questions, rather than conduct the interview itself. 

 

ASSESSMENT

The five tasks in the webquest are designed to stand as assessment tasks, and an evaluation rubric is provided: http://jesselda-webquest.wikispaces.com/Evaluation

 

RESOURCES

The webquest author (unfortunately uncredited) has created a comprehensive resources and links page

http://jesselda-webquest.wikispaces.com/Credits

 

The Teacher’s Page (http://jesselda-webquest.wikispaces.com/Teachers+Page) features teacher resources and outlines links to the Victorian curriculum.

 

REFERENCES

Lamb, A. (2004). WebQuests. School Library Media Activities Monthly 21 (2), p. 38

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Federation

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As you just saw there a couple of states had elections on the weekend. You probably know that Aussie states have their own laws and their own leaders but have you ever wondered why that is? It all goes back to a time when the states were separate colonies. I thought it was a good chance to go back in time and take a look at how Australia came to be Australia. And a warning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers; this story contains images of people who've died.

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This resource is a segment from the ABC’s ‘Behind The News’ program (air date: 18/3/2014, length 4.54) that explores the origins of Federation in Australia. It explores why Australian people wanted a united nation, how that came to be with a focus on key personalities such as Henry Parkes and Alfred Deakin, and what implications it had in the history of the development of Australian democracy. It uses authentic images from the period as well as re-enacting particular scenes using children in period costume, which can help make the content relevant to students. It also comes attached with a raft of related web resources.

 

It might be useful to have students, like the kids in the video, role play the negotiations leading up to Federation and drafting of the constitution. Students can be placed in groups that represent each state and then given particular points that their state wanted, or general concerns that parties had about the constitution, to argue in a mock debate.

 

A question that students can focus on when watching this video is what has changed or remained similar after Federation. These ideas can then be collated together as class by the teacher on the white board or smart board. It might be interesting to discuss the role of states in Australia and even debate whether we should still have states or not. This can then link in nicely with looking at the 1967 referendum and the idea of a need for federal, rather than state, legislation concerning Aboriginal people.