Education Activities

This booklet of educational activities is designed to encourage students to engage with sites that commemorate Australia’s wartime history in their local area and launch into further research to broaden their historical knowledge and skills. These activities are also available for free download from the Anzac Portal – Education and Community Awareness for the Anzac Centenary at www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au

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Australian Curriculum Links

Most activities within this booklet are aligned to the Australian Curriculum: History for Year 9 and 10. Teachers are encouraged to adapt the activities to suit their own purposes for use with other levels and curriculum areas including the primary grades.

Year 2 History The Past in the Present HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
  • The history of a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and what it reveals about the past (ACHHK044)
  • The importance today of an historical site of cultural or spiritual significance; for example, a community building, a landmark, a war memorial (ACHHK045)
Year 3 History Community and Remembrance HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
  • The history of a significant person, building, site or part of the natural environment in the local community and what it reveals about the past (ACHHK044)
  • The importance today of an historical site of cultural or spiritual significance; for example, a community building, a landmark, a war memorial (ACHHK045)
Year 9 Depth Study 3: World War I HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
  • The impact of World War I, with a particular emphasis on Australia (ACDSEH096)
  • The commemoration of World War I, including debates about the nature and significance of the Anzac legend (ACDSEH097)
Year 10 Depth Study 1: World War II
Depth Study 2: The globalising world
HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING:
  • The experiences of Australians during World War II (ACDSEH108)
  • The impact of World War II, with particular emphasis on the Australian home front, including the changing roles of women and use of wartime government controls (ACDSEH109)
  • The significance of World War II to Australia’s international relationships in the twentieth century, with particular reference to the United Nations, Britain, the USA and Asia (ACDSEH110)
  • The impact of at least ONE world event or development and its significance for Australia, such as the Vietnam War and Indochinese refugees (ACDSEH146)

NOTE:
At the time of the First World War, modern Turkey did not exist. Britain’s declaration of war was against the Ottoman Empire, which had been in existence since the 1300s. Although the Ottoman military was ethnically diverse it was commonplace to call all Ottoman soldiers Turkish soldiers, a practice that this work will follow. If viewing these education activities on the Remembering Them App please be advised that in order to access all components download the PDF or RTF using the download links.

Disclaimer:
This resource encourages students to explore and interpret a range of historical sources. The Department of Veterans’ Affairs cannot be assumed to agree with or endorse any content or opinions expressed in websites or other publications quoted or referred to in this document.

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Overview of activities

This educational resource has six discrete sets of inquiry questions with activities and sources, relating to key themes of the commemoration and understanding of Australia’s wartime history.

  • Acitivty 1

    Conserving Australia’s wartime heritage

    Students analyse objects of Australia’s wartime heritage and examine their purpose and significance. Students are encouraged to complete an audit of the objects relating to wartime heritage in their local community.

  • Acitivty 2

    Exploring a war memorial

    Students compare and contrast war memorials from different countries as well as analyse a memorial in their local community. Students design their own war memorial using their understanding of war symbols and emblems.

  • Acitivty 3

    Researching a name on a war memorial

    Students examine the many online resources that can be used to research Australian servicemen and servicewomen. Students investigate a name from a war memorial and develop a profile of their service using primary and secondary sources.

  • Acitivty 4

    Creating a wartime heritage trail

    Students identify and select commemorative sites in their local community to develop a heritage walking trail.

  • Acitivty 5

    Analysing a wartime heritage exhibition on the Vietnam War

    Students analyse nine sources that could be used in an exhibition about Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War to explore the factors that can influence how an audience interprets an exhibition.

  • Acitivty 6

    Sharing stories of Australia’s wartime history

    Students are encouraged to share stories of Australia’s wartime history using different modes of communication. A research template is provided as a guide.

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