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Research and Development - HISTORIAN

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bullet.gif (981 bytes)Time Capsules! What would you add?

PrimaryPrimary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking 

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

ICT Capability Australian Curriculum General Capability: ICT Capability

1. In 1988, students from St Kevin's Primary School in Eastwood Sydney created a time capsule. It was supposed to be kept until 100 years later and opened in 2088. It was opened in early 2016. Read about what was in this time capsule from the Daily Mail.

UK Mail

2. What things did you find interesting in this article? Why? Why not?

3. You are to copy this school's time capsule in content and ideas. Write down all the things that the students created and videotaped. Divide the research work about

  • current music,

  • stars,

  • movies,

  • technology

  • houses

  • transport

amongst the class. Each pair will research and make a short video about their section. Edit all the videos and combine them into one video with music. Put this video into a Time capsule box and bury it within the school grounds.

Be prepare to view the contents in not 100 years but in 10 years time!

 

 

bullet.gif (981 bytes)Who do you think you are?

PrimaryPrimary MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking 

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

Personal and social capabilityAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Personal and social capability

 

1. The popular SBS TV show, Who Do You Think You Are, traces the personal history of celebrities looking at their ancestry.

You are to view one episode of Who Do You Think You Are to see what happens in the show.

WDYTYA

2. You are to interview your parents or carers or other family members - grandparents are a great source of information!

To interview your family, you need to generate a list of questions. For example,

  • Who were your parents?
  • Did you know your grandparents? What were their names? When were they born? Where were they born? How old were they when they died? Where did they die? Do you have any photos of them?
  • Do you have any siblings? What are their names and when were they born?

Share your questions with a partner and use any of their questions that you think would be interesting and fact finding.

Present your questions to the family members you wish to interview so they have time to think about their answers. Also, ask them to find as many photographs and other things belonging to that person to show while you are filming their answers.

3. Set up a filming session so you can record the information of the interviews.

4. Did you come across an ancestor that interested you? You are to research this person a bit more and maybe go back to your family member who mentioned this person and ask more questions.

Edit the interview sessions to be around 5 - 10 minutes in length to show to the class.

5 You are to create a family tree going back as far as you can. Use the instructions from WikiHow to create your tree. OR, use Family Echo to create a free online version.  To use Family Echo, you need to have all the data at hand before you start.

WikiHow

WikiHow
Family Echo

Family Echo

6. Create a timeline of your own life. Gather key information, note down major events and use relevant photographs to accompany your time line.

7. Present your family tree and any interesting findings to the class as well as your personal timeline.

 

 

bullet.gif (981 bytes) Young Hitler

MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking  

 

1. In groups of 3 - 4 students, you need to research young Hitler and answer the question "How did young Hitler develop into Adolf Hitler, the dictator?"

2. Listen to the following audio file from Conversations with Richard Fidler with Historian Paul Ham.

https://www.abc.net.au/radio/programs/conversations/paul-ham-rpt/11956056

3. Write down as many points as possible under the two headings: Truth and Myth. Remember to research and show evidence as an Historian.

Truth - Evidence Myth - Evidence
   

4. Using the data from your History books, confirm or question the information from Paul Ham's findings.

5. Verfiy the qualifications of Paul Ham by using the following resources:

https://www.qbd.com.au/paul-ham/

https://military.wikia.org/wiki/Paul_Ham

https://www.booktopia.com.au/blog/2011/10/24/paul-ham-author-of-hiroshima-nagasaki-answers-ten-terrifying-questions/

https://www.paulham.com/

https://www.rabblebooksandgames.com.au/p/biography-young-hitler--5

 

 

 

The Petrov Affair - Australia and the Cold War

MiddleMiddle  High SchoolSecondary

CriticalAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical and creative thinking

Want to get your students to study the Petrov Affair and Cold War in detail from an Australian perspective?

Go to the Museum of Australian Democracy website and discover a Rich Task including a WebQuest that Frances Moore [On the Job] created some time ago for the MoAD - The Petrov Affair.

It is maintained by MoAD so will be up-to-date.


The Petrov Affair

 

The Bank, the Sergeant and his bonus: What does History tell us about Accountancy in Australia?

High SchoolSecondary

LiteracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Literacy

Ethical Understanding Australian Curriculum General Capability: Ethical Understanding

NumeracyAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Numeracy

IndigenousAustralian Curriculum Cross Curriculum Priorities: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures

This activity is under the Accountant.

 

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