A creative writing newspaper project in which students design and write the front page of an imagined newspaper from the Australian Gold Rush era.
This teaching resource is a writing project that allows students to apply their knowledge and understanding of the Australian Gold Rush when creating the front page of a newspaper of the time. Students will create articles, commentate on social issues and advertise products from the gold rush era of the mid-1800s. This creative writing project helps students exercise their ability to empathise with Australian gold miners and to visualise and contemplate their lives and needs.
This resource is included in Teach Starter’s Australian Gold Rush unit.
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Australian Gold Rush Unit Plan
This Australian Gold Rush unit investigates the historical discovery of Australia’s Gold Rush period, from the mid-to-late 1800s. Ideas include the discovery of gold, mining lifestyle, wealth and success, social consequences, and how these shaped the Australia we live in today.
Australian Curriculum alignment
The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony
The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony
The impact of a significant development or event on an Australian colony
The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants (including Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples) and how the environment changed
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