Quick summary: Students will complete a study of secondary sources about the ways in which Aboriginal people interacted with Tasmania’s river systems in past times. They will learn how to differentiate between primary and secondary sources, and will learn how primary sources provide us with clues about the past.
Activity developed in partnership with
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- Students begin thinking about different types of historical sources and ways they can interpret primary source material to better understand secondary sources.
- Students understand the importance and value of sustainable energy methods.
General capabilities: Literacy, Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding.
Cross-curriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures OI.5, OI.6.
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 7 History
- The range of sources that can be used in an historical investigation, including archaeological and written sources (ACDSEH029)
- The nature of the sources for ancient Australia and what they reveal about Australia’s past in the ancient period, such as the use of resources (ACDSEH031)
Year 8 History
- Identify the origin and purpose of primary and secondary sources (ACHHS152)
- Locate, compare, select and use information from a range of sources as evidence (ACHHS153)
- Draw conclusions about the usefulness of sources (ACHHS154)
Syllabus outcomes: HT4-1, HT4-5, HT4-6, HT4-9, HT4-10
Topic: Hydro Tasmania, Energy.
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – oversee activity.
Resources required: Internet access, Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet.
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework and extension.
Keywords: Aboriginal and Torres Islander peoples, river, history.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.