Australia Becomes a Nation Unit Plan

Australia Becomes a Nation Unit Plan

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8 x Lessons


This Australian History unit covers a range of concepts relating to the establishment of the Australian colonies, Australian Federation and the Australian Constitution.

It consists of 8 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.

Some lessons contain independent research tasks which may require additional lessons to complete.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

The Six Colonies of Australia

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the establishment of the six colonies of Australia.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

The Establishment of Australia's Colonies

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the unique characteristics and history of the six colonies of Australia.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Problems in the Australian Colonies

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify some of the problems in the colonies leading up to Federation.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Australia Moves to Federate

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will form a perspective on the benefits of Australian Federation.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Famous Federators

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will identify influential people who contributed to Australian Federation.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Events That Led to Australian Federation

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will examine significant events that led to Australian Federation.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

The Australian Constitution

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will explore the impact of the Australian Constitution on Australian society.

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Lesson 8 60 minutes

The Impact of Federation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the impact of Australian Federation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

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Lesson 9 (Assessment) 60 minutes

Assessment - Australia Becomes a Nation

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An assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of Australia's colonisation and Federation.

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Australian Curriculum alignment

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Inquiry and skills > Communicating > ACHASSI133
Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventio...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Inquiry and skills > Evaluating and reflecting > ACHASSI132
Reflect on learning to propose personal and/or collective action in response to an issue or challenge, and predict the probable effectsElaborationsreflecting on what they have learnt in relation to an...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Inquiry and skills > Analysing > ACHASSI128
Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationshipsElaborationsanalysing sources to identify...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI125
Sequence information about people’s lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelinesElaborationslocating key events, ideas, movements and lives in a chrono...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Inquiry and skills > Questioning > ACHASSI122
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challengesElaborationsgenerating appropriate questions before, during and after an investigati...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 5 > Inquiry and skills > Communicating > ACHASSI105
Present ideas, findings, viewpoints and conclusions in a range of texts and modes that incorporate source materials, digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms and conventio...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 5 > Inquiry and skills > Analysing > ACHASSI100
Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationshipsElaborationsinterpreting data presented i...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 5 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI097
Sequence information about people’s lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelinesElaborationscompiling an annotated timeline to show the key stages of a...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 5 > Inquiry and skills > Questioning > ACHASSI094
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challengesElaborationsasking questions before, during and after an investigation to frame and ...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Inquiry and skills > Evaluating and reflecting > ACHASSI131
Use criteria to make decisions and judgements and consider advantages and disadvantages of preferring one decision over othersElaborationsrelating the decisions made by individuals and organisations t...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Inquiry and skills > Analysing > ACHASSI127
Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and presentElaborationssurveying businesses in the local area to find out what influences their choices concerning the...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI124
Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small-scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventionsElaborationscategorising information using digital a...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 5 > Inquiry and skills > Analysing > ACHASSI099
Examine different viewpoints on actions, events, issues and phenomena in the past and presentElaborationsanalysing sources to identify and understand the different motives and experiences of individua...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 5 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI096
Organise and represent data in a range of formats including tables, graphs and large- and small-scale maps, using discipline-appropriate conventionsElaborationscategorising information using digital a...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Knowledge and Understanding > History > ACHASSK135
Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and childrenElaborationsinvestigating the lack of...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI123
Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sourcesElaborationsdetermining the most appropriate methods to find information (for example, personal observation, ...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 5 > Inquiry and skills > Researching > ACHASSI095
Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sourcesElaborationsfinding information about the past in primary sources (for example, maps, stories, songs, music, ...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Knowledge and Understanding > History > ACHASSK134
Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia’s Federation and ConstitutionElaborationsstudying Australia’s path to Federation through an examination of key people (for example, Henry ...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 6 > Inquiry and skills > Evaluating and reflecting > ACHASSI129
Evaluate evidence to draw conclusionsElaborationsevaluating and connecting information from various sources to defend a position (for example, the responsibilities associated with Australian citizensh...

Humanities and Social Sciences > HASS > Year 5 > Knowledge and Understanding > History > ACHASSK106
Reasons (economic, political and social) for the establishment of British colonies in Australia after 1800Elaborationsinvestigating the reasons for the establishment of one or more British colonies su...


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