Lessons: 4 to 5 x 75 minutes lessons (we have two lessons a week)
Key concept(s)/main ideas: Topic 5 Australia in the Vietnam War Era
This era was one of enormous social change and may be seen as a watershed in Australia’s post-war history. Students will examine the reasons for Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War and the social, political and cultural changes that resulted from it.
How did the Australian government respond to the threat of communism after WWII?
Why did Australia become involved in the Vietnam War?
How did various groups respond to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War?
What was the impact of the war on Australia and/or neighbouring countries?
5.1 explains social, political and cultural developments and events and evaluates their impact on Australian life
5.2 assesses the impact of international events and relationships on Australia’s history
5.3 explains the changing rights and freedoms of Aboriginal peoples and other groups in Australia
5.4 sequences major historical events to show an understanding of continuity, change and causation
5.7 explains different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the past.
Task Description (see program for detail) Student will be writing an essay, based on preliminary research and collaborative learning to answer the question(s) Part A- Home work task
Explain the Australian government response to the threat of communism in Asia after World War II?
(This is the first piece of writing that is modelled and edited by students and teacher.)
Assess the impact of the war on Vietnam Veterans and their families. (This is an extended response question in a topic text/assessment task in the style of the School certificate. Clearly the writing program I have developed only covers the first syllabus dot point and further lessons over 3-4 weeks will provide the content for the students to respond to the question. We will also focus on developing students skills to ensure they can make a judgment in regards to assessing the impact of the War.) See table below
Big ideas/key concepts
Why does this learning matter?
The key concepts I want students to learn are that:
That the Australian government responded internally and externally to a perceived threat of communism in Asia
that international events and relationships had a significant impact on Australia’s history
it assists students to develop understanding of Australia’s place in the world
and understanding of how international events helped shape Australian history
Place in scope & sequence/Building the field
The unit will link prior study of WWII and the outcomes of the conflict – cold war will be discussed and to provide context for the study in particular the key concepts of communism, socialism, capitalism, ideology etc
2 assessments are programmed. The first piece of writing is modelled and edited by students and teacher following lessons to provide context, research and editing. The second task is an extended response question in a topic text/assessment task in the style of the School certificate