Teacher guide Voyage to the Pacific

TLF ID M017768

This is a unit of work about the origin and spread of the peoples of the Pacific Island countries. Intended for years 7 and 8, the resource consists of four single- or multi-lesson activities, titled Pacific Islander people, Evidence of voyages, Alternative views, and Valuing knowledge. Student activities include mapping; questioning; discussion; viewing and reading sources; evaluating evidence; and creating tables, timelines, presentations and explanations. The resource provides links to video clips, websites, information on people of the Pacific, and a range of other resources about cultural diversity and globalisation.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is an excellent resource for the Polynesian expansion across the Pacific depth study and for the Historical skills strand in the year 8 history curriculum. It concentrates on the content description in the depth study that refers to theories about the origin and spread of Polynesian settlers throughout the Pacific, providing a comprehensive range of sources not only for the topic but also for student use in developing their historical skills. The skills emphasised connect closely to content descriptions about using information from a range of sources as evidence, drawing conclusions about their usefulness, identifying the points of view they contain, and developing explanations using evidence.
  • Alternatively, the resource, particularly its second and third activities, is of considerable value for the Investigating the ancient past depth study in the year 7 history curriculum. It provides a fascinating context for content descriptions that refer to how historians and archaeologists investigate history, the range of sources that can be used in an historical investigation, and the methods and sources used to investigate a historical controversy that has challenged historians or archaeologists.
  • The range of student activities in the unit of work helps students' development of a number of the general capabilities, particularly Literacy and Critical and creative thinking. They are especially relevant to the organising elements of comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing, and composing texts through speaking, writing and creating in Literacy and to the inquiring - identifying, exploring and organising information and ideas element in Critical and creative thinking.
Year level

7; 8

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Organization: Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
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  • Organization: Education Services Australia
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  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Commonwealth of Australia
  • Organization: Commonwealth of Australia
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  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
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