The Age of Exploration, Discovery and Expansion Unit Plan

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The Age of Exploration, Discovery and Expansion Unit Plan

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This History unit covers a range of concepts relating to the early explorers of the Age of Exploration and the ‘discovery’ of Australia.

It consists of 5 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and may require additional lessons.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

Terra Australis Incognita

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will understand why the fifteenth century was known as the Age of Exploration.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Chinese Exploration

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the exploration of the Chinese during the fifteenth century.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch Explorers

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify how the Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch explorers contributed to the European 'discovery' of Australia.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

James Cook and His Voyage to Australia

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the significance of James Cook's voyage to Australia.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

The Myth of Terra Nullius

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will examine the myth that Australia was a Terra Nullius land before contact with the British.

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Lesson 6 (Assessment) 60 minutes

Early Explorers Assessment Task

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An inquiry-based assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of the Age of Exploration and how the journeys of explorers impacted upon other societies.

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NSW Curriculum alignment

Australian Curriculum alignment


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