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Chinese contributions in Australian history

 Teacher guide     |     ICT guide

 

This series of learning sequences for years 5, 6 and 9 engages students to explore the contributions of Chinese migrants to Australia's history in the 19th and 20th centuries. The learning sequences support implementation of the Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority of and the general capability of Information, communication and technology.

 

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Digital content has been incorporated into these learning sequences to support student learning.

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About the learning sequences

Learning sequences have been developed for year levels 5, 6 and 9 that incorporate the following activities:

  • Look to Learn – students develop sophisticated critical thinking skills when they engage in focused analysis of digital content

  • Knowledge Building – students delve more deeply into the topic through key resources

  • WebQuest Challenge – students extend and enrich their learning by transforming information into new understanding through creative problem-solving

Three key inquiry questions that support the learning sequences are:

  1. What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?

  2. Why did the Chinese migrate and what contribution did they make?

  3. What were the experiences of the Chinese in Australia prior to the 1900s?

 

Guides for teachers

Teacher guide provides information about the learning sequences and how they can be used depending on curriculum program, student achievement level and time available in class.

ICT guide provides information about a range of Web 2.0 applications to support these learning sequences. 

 

Learning sequences

Year 5: Alignment to the Australian Curriculum

Click to view the Chinese migrants and the gold rush

Chinese migrants and the gold rush

Students explore the founding of British colonies and the development of a colony. They learn about what life was like for different groups of people in the colonial period. They examine significant events and people, political and economic developments, social structures, and settlement patterns.

Key inquiry question: What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?

To access the learning sequences, select   Look to Learn   or  Knowledge Building      

 

History Year 5 China

Attitudes towards Chinese migrants

Students examine the Chinese who migrated to colonial Australia during the nineteenth century seaching for gold and the attitudes towards them at this time.

Key inquiry question: What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?

To access the learning sequences, select   Look to Learn  or   Knowledge Building

 

 

Year 6: Alignment to the Australian Curriculum

Click to view the Harvest of Endurance Scroll

Harvest of Endurance Scroll

Students learn about the way of life of Chinese people who migrated to Australia and their contributions to Australia's economic and social development.  They examine the Harvest of Endurance scroll that depicts the vast visual history of the Chinese experience in Australia.

Key inquiry questions: Who were the people who came to Australia? Why did they come? and What contribution did the Chinese make to Australian society?

To access the learning sequences, select

Look to Learn  or   Knowledge Building  or  Webquest Challenge 

 

Year 9: Alignment to the Australian Curriculum 

Click image to explore Chinese Migrants and the Gold Rush

Chinese migrants and the gold rush

Students explore through primary sources, why Chinese migrated to Australia in the nineteenth century and what life was like on the goldfields.

Key inquiry question: What were the experiences of the Chinese in Australia prior to the 1900s?

To access the learning sequences, select

Look to Learn  or  Knowledge Building  or  WebQuest Challenge 

 

Click to view Australian Attitudes toward Chinese Immigrants

Australian attitudes toward Chinese migrants

Students explore in greater depth what life was like for Chinese immigrants who travelled to Australia in search of gold through comparison and analysis of images, identification of goldfield locations and examining their local community connections with Chinese people. 

Key inquiry question: What were the experiences of the Chinese in Australia prior to the 1900s?

To access the learning sequences, select

Look to Learn  or  Knowledge Building  or  WebQuest Challenge

 

 

 

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