Teacher guide Votes for women - unit of work

TLF ID M009604

This is a unit of work about the struggle for female suffrage in Australia. Intended for upper secondary students, the unit is organised around historical research into five questions: When did the struggle begin? What was the political and social background? What obstacles did women face? What were the links between the women's suffrage movement and the temperance movement? How and when did women achieve participation in the political process? The unit makes use of 'Australia's democracy: a short history' by John Hirst.

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Educational value
  • Although written for years 11 and 12, this unit is easily adaptable to and valuable for the year 9 history elective depth study 'Making a nation'. The unit's focus questions and use of John Hirst's compilation of sources make it particularly relevant to the depth study's content description about key events and ideas in the development of Australian self-government and democracy, including women's voting rights.
  • The unit's research-based approach is very useful in developing and enhancing year 9 students' historical skills. Students are given opportunities to sequence events chronologically to demonstrate the relationship between events in different places, to synthesise information from a range of sources to use as evidence in an historical argument, and to identify and analyse the perspectives of people from the past.
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