Stage 2 History Unit
Community & Remembrance
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- develop knowledge and understanding about the nature of history and key changes and developments from the past
- develop knowledge and understanding about key historical concepts and develop the skills to undertake the process of historical inquiry
Stage 2 - Historical Concepts
- Continuity and change: some things change over time and others remain the same, e.g aspects in the local community that have either changed or remained the same; changes to the lives of Aboriginal peoples with the arrival of the First Fleet.
- Cause and effect: events, decisions or developments in the past that produce later actions, results or effects, e.g how conditions and decisions in Britain resulted in the journey of the First Fleet; causes of change in the local area/state.
- Perspectives: people from the past will have different views and experiences, e.g views on the arrival of the British in Australia from a British and an Aboriginal point of view.
- Empathetic understanding: developing an understanding of another's views, life and decisions made, e.g developing an understanding of the life and attitudes of an early colonist or convict.
- Significance: importance of an event, development or individual/group, e.g the significance/importance of national days/holidays; the significance of the contributions of an early settler.
Stage 2 - Historical Skills
Comprehension: chronology, terms and concepts
- respond, read and write, to show understanding of historical matters
- sequence familiar people and events(ACHHS065, ACHHS081)
- use historical terms(ACHHS066, ACHHS082)
- locate relevant information from sources provided(ACHHS068, ACHHS084, ACHHS215, ACHHS216)
- Perspectives and interpretations
- identify different points of view within an historical context(ACHHS069, ACHHS085)
- explain how and why people in the past may have lived and behaved differently from today
- pose a range of questions about the past(ACHHS067, ACHHS083)
- plan an historical inquiry
- develop texts, particularly narratives(ACHHS070, ACHHS086)
- use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, written) and digital technologies(ACHHS071, ACHHS087)
Outcomes: A student
identifies celebrations and commemorations of significance in Australia and the world
describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time
applies skills of historical inquiry and communication
Key inquiry questions:
- Who lived here first and how do we know?
- How has our community changed? What features have been lost and what features have been retained?
- What is the nature of the contribution made by different groups and individuals in the community?
- How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the past?
The importance of Country and Place to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples who belong to a local area. (ACHHK060)
- identify the original Aboriginal languages spoken in the local or regional area
- identify the special relationship that Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples have to Country and Place
- respond to Aboriginal stories told about Country presented in texts or by a guest speaker
- using a range of sources, describe and explain how and why ONE area, eg transport, work, education, entertainment and daily life, has changed or ONE that has remained the same in the local area, region or state/territory since colonial times
- identify the various cultural groups that live and work in the local community
- focusing on ONE group, investigate their diverse backgrounds and outline their contribution to the local community using a range of sources, eg photographs, newspapers, oral histories, diaries and letters
- identify and describe local, state and national symbols and discuss the origins, symbolism and significance, eg the school logo, Australian and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags, coats of arms from states and Australia
- identify important Australian celebrations and commemorations and discuss their origins and significance in society
- identify global celebrations and commemorations, including those of the major world religions
- describe the origin of these celebrations
NESA Sample Unit
updated May 2019