Year 9 History : Australians at War Syllabus Dot Points

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Year 9 History : Australians at War


Syllabus Dot Points

Students learn about:

 An overview of the causes of the wars, why men enlisted and where Australians fought

The scope and nature of warfare

Significant events and the experiences of Australians at war

Students, using sources investigate the following features of each war:

  • prisoners of war

  • a specific campaign, eg the Western Front 1916 and the New Guinea campaign 1942

  • the role of women

  • participation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

  • a specific event/incident, eg the Battle of Hamel 1918 and the Fall of Singapore 1942

Impact of the wars on Australia

Significance of the wars to Australia

Commemorations and the nature of the ANZAC legend
Unit Outline

  1. World War 1 – Causes

  2. World War 1 – Recruitment and Conscription

  3. World War 1 – Gallipoli

  4. World War 1 – The Western Front

  5. World War 1 – The Home front and POWs

  6. World War 1 – The End of the war and the ANZAC legend

Metalanguage List

Alliances Armistice Assassination Belgium

Censorship Colony Conscription Conscription

Declaration Domination Empire Fascist

Fuzzy-Wuzzy angels Gallipoli Hitler Imperialism

Internment Kamikaze Kokoda Legend

Militarism Militarism Nationalism Nazi

POW’s Pozieres Propaganda Rationing

Recruitment Referendum Sommne Triple Entente

Turkey Western Front Ypres

Kick start questions

  1. Outline the main causes of both wars

  2. Locate and sequence the places where Australians fought in both wars

  3. Explain why Australians enlisted to fight in both wars

  4. Describe the nature of warfare during the Gallipoli campaign

  5. Explain the outcome of the Gallipoli campaign

  6. Outline and sequence the changing scope and nature of warfare from trenches in world war I to the holocaust and the use of the atomic bombs to end world war II

  7. Outline the Australian governments' control on the home front in both wars for each of the following:

  • conscription

  • use of government propaganda

  • changing roles of women

  • enemy 'aliens‘

  • wartime controls/censorship

  1. Explain the impact of the wars on returned soldiers/civilians

  2. Analyse the changing relationship of Australia with other countries after World War II

  3. Explain how and why Australians have commemorated the wars

  4. Explain different perspectives on the ANZAC legend

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