History / Year 10 / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / Overview of the modern world and Australia

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Curriculum content descriptions

the major movements for rights and freedom in the world and the achievement of independence by former colonies (ACOKFH022)

Elaborations
  • identifying the major movements for rights and freedom in the world (including the US Civil Rights movement, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander movements, women’s movements)
  • recognising the continuing nature of civil rights movements in the twentieth century, such as the struggle for democracy in Burma
General capabilities
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Civil rights,  Contemporary world,  Freedom,  Decolonisation

Text

Defining moments in Australian History

This extensive web-based resource examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people and their personal, community and national histories. The resource includes a list of 100 'defining moments' identified by historians supported by background information, images, video and links to the ...

Teacher resource

Indigenous Stories about War and Invasion

This is a website about Indigenous experiences of invasion and war during the British invasion, World War I and World War II. The resource is presented in three sections: Introductory information; Story Objects; and Story Education Resources. There are eight story objects that tell the stories of individuals, events and ...

Teacher resource

Women's suffrage

This is a website about the women’s suffrage movement in Victoria in the 19th and 20th century. The resource is presented in three sections: Introductory information; Story Objects; and Story Education Resources. There are 17 Story Objects that tell the stories of how Victorian women won the right to vote, key participants ...

Moving Image

Stories: legacies of who we are

This is a video showing educator and storyteller Awele Makeba telling the story of Claudette Colvin, a 15-year-old African-American who in 1955 refused to surrender her seat on a bus to a white person in Montgomery, Alabama. Makeba re-enacts some of the events of 2 March 1955 when Colvin's action led to her arrest. She ...

Teacher resource

Magna Carta: The story of our freedom

This is a resource about the Magna Carta (Great Charter) agreed between King John and his rebellious barons in 1215 and its influence on the development of human rights and democratic freedoms to the present day. The resource consists of: an animated infographic ‘Tell the story’ with hyperlinks to further information; an ...

Interactive resource

Discovering democracy: democracy timeline

Use a timeline to find information about significant events and ideas in the development and evolution of democracy in the world, focusing on Australia. Nominate specific years or scroll from the latest date back to 0 (where events dated BC are listed).

Teacher resource

First Australians: telling our Indigenous stories

In this unit of work students are asked to consider how the National Museum of Australia’s First Australians gallery presents Indigenous cultures and history. The unit includes a number of activities that help students explore the stories and experiences of Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

Collection

Vietnamese refugees and immigrants

This collection of 24 digital curriculum resources is organised into five categories - fleeing Vietnam by boat; the voyage of the Hong Hai; arriving as migrants; living in Australia in the 1970s and 80s; and Vietnamese refugees and the arts. The collection contains interactive learning objects, photographs, artefacts, artworks ...

Teacher resource

Whose democracy? - unit of work

This is an extended sequence of lessons about the influence citizens can exert over government. The lessons focus on three topics: issues important to our class and the local community; the role of interest groups in Australia; and the role of interest groups in key issues in Australian history such as equal voting rights ...

Teacher resource

Changing rights and freedoms, 1964-75 - unit of work

In this unit of work, students undertake guided specific research into significant events in the campaign for improved rights for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people between 1964 and 1975. Students also engage in sequencing activities in order to develop contextual understandings of this part of Australian history, ...

Collection

Oodgeroo Noonuccal

This collection of 13 digital curriculum resources focuses on Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920-93), renowned Indigenous poet, activist and artist. It is organised into four categories - her life; role as an activist; fame as a poet; and emergence as a visual artist. The collection includes photographs, a pamphlet, a leaflet, interviews, ...

Interactive resource

Discovering democracy: people power

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the struggles for equal rights in Australia. Look in particular at the Eureka Stockade, 1891 Shearers' strike and the Freedom Ride. Complete a related task.

Interactive resource

Biography: Federation people: Louisa Lawson

IInvestigate the feminist Louisa Lawson's role in the move towards Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Lawson: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how she was visually depicted in her time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

Interactive resource

Discovering democracy: the women's story

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to examine the ways in which women campaigned for the right to vote in Australia. Investigate the library to find out more about the issues which women saw as significant in this campaign. Identify the women who were at the forefront of this campaign and how they conducted it. ...

Interactive resource

Biography: Federation people: Mary Lee

Investigate the suffragist Mary Lee's role in the move towards Federation. Examine two different types of biographies of Lee: one short and the other more detailed. Inspect examples of how she was visually depicted in her time. This learning object is one in a series of objects in the 'Biography: Federation people' series.

Teacher resource

The 1967 referendum

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a sequenced series of teaching/learning activities about the 1967 referendum to amend or repeal sections of the Australian Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Intended for teachers, the 13-page pdf resource focuses mainly on the 40th ...

Interactive resource

Discovering democracy: an Australian constitution

Identify the bases on which the Australian Constitution was founded and examine the influence of the British and US systems of government. Explore the nature of colonial governments prior to Federation and the beginnings of responsible government. Examine the responsibilities of each of the branches of government and the ...

Image

'Federated Australia' drawing, 1900

This is a black-and-white pen-and-ink drawing by H Cotton of the New South Wales politician Sir Henry Parkes holding back a curtain to reveal a woman standing on an outline of Australia. Underneath her are the words: 'FEDERATED AUSTRALIA'. She is holding the 'Federation flag', waving above a rising sun on the horizon. At ...

Video

A voice from the Stolen Generation

This clip is about the feelings of confusion and denial experienced by Gamilaroi woman Donna Meehan, one of the Stolen Generations, as she lived and worked with her adoptive white parents in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Meehan explains what it was like being the only Aboriginal person in her school, church and family ...

Interactive Resource

Making a Nation: changing the Constitution

This interactive resource looks at the creation of the Australian Constitution and then explores the process used to change it - referendum. Information on several referendums is presented (1910, 1937, 1967, 1984) but, in a case study, students investigate the 1951 anti-communism referendum in more detail. The seven activities ...