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Levels 5-6  |  Put Yourself in the Eureka Story

Session outline
Dressing up as characters in the Eureka story, students re-create scenes of the key events of the Eureka Rebellion during which teachers can take photos to use back at school. *Digital camera required.

Classroom resources

Blank master for Picture Yourself in the Eureka Story book
Student reading: Littlejohn, M. Eureka Stockade, Black Dog Books, Newtown, 2013,
Bradby, D. The Seriously Weird History of Australia Vol 1, Seaview press, South Australia, 2007
Student/teacher reading: We Swear By The Southern Cross Investigations of Eureka and its legacy to Australia’s Democracy, Curriculum Corporation, 2004.
Eureka Resources.
Research notes from Sovereign Hill’s website: Eureka.
Sovereign Hill Education blog posts: The Eureka Rebellion, What we can and can’t ever know, Books for teaching history - Eureka The Unfinished Revolution, What Caused the Eureka Stockade?What Caused the Eureka Stockade? Part 2, What Caused the Eureka Stockade? Part 3
The Eureka Oath, A Statement to the Colonists of Victoria (Peter Lalor)
Websites: Culture Victoria has a section on Eureka Stories.

Victorian curriculum connections

From Colony to Nation

Levels 5-6:
Students study colonial Australia in the 1800s and the development of Australia as a nation. Students look at the founding of British colonies and the development of a colony. They examine significant events and people, political and economic developments. Students explore the experiences of democracy and citizenship over time. Students understand the significance of Australia’s British heritage, the Westminster system, and other models that influenced the development of Australia’s system of government.

Relevant key questions:

  • What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?
  • What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society.

Historical knowledge:

  • The effects of a significant development or event on a colony.

Civics and Citizenship
Levels 5-6: Curriculum introduces students to the key values of Australia’s liberal democratic system of government. Students expand on their knowledge of the law by studying how laws affect the lives of citizens. Students investigate the role of groups in our community and examine the rights and responsibilities of Australian citizens.

Levels 5-6:
The curriculum focuses on the concepts of place and interconnection. Students’ mental maps of the world are further developed through learning the locations of the major countries in the Asia region, Europe and North America. The scale of study goes global as students investigate the geographical diversity and variety of connections between people and places.

Ethical Capabilities
Levels 5-6:
The curriculum focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and understandings to evaluate the significance of ethical matters. Students explore the basis of a range of ethical principles and reflect on means and ends. Students consider decision-making approaches based on thinking about the consequences and duties. Students develop an understanding that a range of factors play a role in ethical decision-making.

Personal and Social Capability
Levels 5-6:
They identify the reasons for and the impact of conflict and suggest strategies to reduce or resolve conflict.

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