HistoryYears 5 - 6The Australian ColoniesLife and LandLife and Land

Historical Sources: Daily Life in the Colonies

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Key Concepts, Skills and Understandings

In this lesson, students use a variety of historical sources to investigate daily life in the Australian Colonies. They will watch and analyse a documentary re-enactment of life on a farm in colonial times; students will then question and discuss where they source reliable and relevant historical information. They will read an eBook on historical sources and identify primary and secondary sources, learning about corroborating evidence and ensuring a source is reliable. The students will then follow a historical sources trail and investigate numerous types of sources; colonial artefacts, paintings, letters and living museum exhibitions. They will analyse and evaluate the validity, reliability and usefulness of each source and compare two sources of evidence to establish corroborating facts and historical accuracy. As extension, they can analyse and question the reliability of photographic evidence and investigate the tale of bush poet, Breaker Morant through analysis of recently discovered artefacts.
Historical concepts addressed in this lesson are sources, continuity and change, significance, perspective and empathy.

Focus Question

How do we know what life was like in the Australian Colonies?

Australian National Curriculum

ACHASSK107, ACHASSI098, ACHASSI102, ACHASSI095

NSW Syllabus

HT3-2, HT3-5

Victorian Curriculum

VCHHC084, VCHHC089, VCHHC083

Subject

History

Years

5 - 6

Topic

The Australian Colonies

Unit

Life and Land

Lesson Name

Historical Sources: Daily Life in the Colonies

Lesson Time

120 mins

Author

Inquisitive Team

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