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Australian Curriculum History – Australia as a nation – Year 6 ebook

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Take a trip through history and learn how the past has helped shape today, with this engaging, content-packed seven-book series covering the Historical knowledge and understanding strand for each year level. Students will be enthralled learning about the first circumnavigation of the globe, Australia’s first people, migrants who have crossed the sea for a new life, and much more.

  • Key figures and events that led to Australia’s Federation, including British and American influences on Australia’s system of law and government (ACHHK113)
  • Experiences of Australia democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal Australians. (ACHHK114)
  • Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia (including from ONE Asian country) and the reasons they migrated, such as World War II and Australian migration programs since the war (ACHHK115)
  • The contribution of individuals and groups, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and migrants, to the development of Australian society, for examples in areas as the economy, education, science, the arts, sport (ACHHK116)
  • Investigating the differences among the colonies prior to Federation.
  • Investigating the events that led to Federation.
  • Investigating the people who played an important role in the Federation of Australia.
  • Investigating the political system adopted to ensure equal representation regardless of population and home state.
  • Investigating the political system adopted to ensure democratic government.
  • Investigating the impact of British colonisation on the rights of early Aboriginal Australians.
  • Investigating the impact of British colonisation on the rights of Aboriginal Australians since Federation.
  • Investigating the loss of basic human rights of children of the Stolen Generations and the Forgotten Australians.
  • Investigating the campaign for women’s suffrage and emancipation.
  • Investigating the reasons why some people in Australia’s history have lost their democratic and human rights.
  • Examining why different waves of emigrants came from Italy to Australia, and how they settled into Australian society.
  • Examining why people were displaced by the war and how they became a part of Australian society.
  • Examining the experiences of British migrant and how they compared with their dreams of life in Australia.
  • Examining how and why people took the treacherous sea journey from Vietnam to Australia.
  • Examining why people of many African nations have become refuges and how they became a part of Australian society.
  • Examining the positive role of Indigenous people to the development of today’s Australia.
  • Examining the contribution made by surf lifesavers to the development of today’s Australia.
  • Examining the contribution made by environmentalists to the development of today’s Australia.
  • Examining the contribution made by divers in the pearling industry, to the development of today’s Australia.
  • Examining the contribution of Eddie Mabo for all Indigenous Australians in their right to claim native title on land.
Key inquiry questions
  • Why and how did Australia become a nation?
  • What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?
  • Who were the people who came to Australia and why did they come?
  • How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century?
Historical skills
  • Sequence historical people and events (ACHHS117)
  • Use historical terms and concepts (ACHHS118)
  • Identify questions to inform a historical inquiry (ACHHS119)
  • Identify and locate a range of relevant sources (ACHHS120)
  • Locate information related to inquiry questions in a range of sources (ACHHS121)
  • Compare information from a range of sources (ACHHS122)
  • Identify points of view in the past and present (ACHHS123)
  • Develop texts, particularly narratives and descriptions, which incorporate source materials (ACHHS124)
  • Use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, written) and digital technologies (ACHHS125)
Historical concepts
  • Cause and effect
  • Significance
  • Perspectives
  • Empathy
  • Contestability
  • Continuity and change
A supporting teachers page which provides:
  • the content description being addressed
  • an elaboration relating to the specific aspect of the content description being developed
  • the key inquiry questions being addressed
  • the historical skills practised by completing the activities
  • the historical concepts addressed by the activities
  • background information to support that given in the student pages
  • teaching notes to assist in classroom organisation or to highlight specific activities
  • additional activities to extend the topic and develop historical skills
  • resources to supplement information/activities for teachers/students
  • a time line related to specific people and events


Three student activity pages which consist of:
  • a stimulus text to inform students about the theme and to promote discussion
  • an activity page related directly to the text but requiring research, evaluative comprehension and application of historical skills
  • an additional activity page which may be either a continuation of the previous page or an extension activity related to the topic but not directly related to the text
  • a fact file on each of the two activity pages that provides an interesting or unusual fact related to the topic
Related to each section is:
  • a series of quizzes
  • an answer page

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