Syllabus Australia and World War I



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Syllabus - Australia and World War I
Australia’s involvement in World War I has been regarded by many as a defining event in our history. Students will examine the experiences of soldiers at Gallipoli and develop an understanding of the Anzac tradition through an analysis of the Anzac legend. Students have the opportunity to consider how the tensions of war created social and political divisions within Australia.
Inquiry questions

Why did Australia become involved in World War I?

What were the experiences of Australians in the Gallipoli campaign?

How and why was the Anzac legend created?

What was the impact of World War I on the Australian home front 1914–18?
Outcomes

Throughout this topic, students work towards all outcomes, with particular focus on those listed below.


A student:

5.2 assesses the impact of international events and relationships on Australia’s history

5.4 sequences major historical events to show an understanding of continuity, change and causation

5.5 identifies, comprehends and evaluates historical sources

5.6 uses sources appropriately in an historical inquiry

5.7 explains different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the past

5.10 selects and uses appropriate oral, written and other forms, including ICT, to communicate effectively about the past for different audiences.


Working Historically

Historical skills to be integrated into this topic:

sequence events within the time period

identify perspectives of different individuals and groups

interpret history within the context of the actions, values, attitudes and motives of people from the past

identify, comprehend and use historical sources as part of an historical inquiry

select and use appropriate text forms to communicate effectively about the past.
ICT skills appropriate for this topic may include:

identify, comprehend and use historical sources, including a database/website, as part of a historical inquiry.


Suggested Site Studies include:

a local or national war memorial site

Gallipoli as a virtual site.




Students learn about:

Students learn to:

Australia as a member of the British Empire and Australia’s regional context

describe Australia’s relationship with Britain in 1914

Australia’s involvement in World War I

explain the reasons for Australia’s involvement in World War I

identify the places where Australians fought in World War I

the Gallipoli campaign

describe the experiences of Australians in the Gallipoli campaign using a variety of sources, including a database or website

the creation of the Anzac Legend

explain how and why the Anzac Legend was created

the conscription issue in WWI

explain how and why the conscription debate divided Australian society

the experiences of ONE of the following during World War I in Australia:

persons of German descent



women

indigenous peoples



describe the experiences of a particular group during World War I in Australia

Australia’s commemoration of World War I

outline the ways that Australia has commemorated World War I over time



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