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Invasion – Stage 3 Unit Early White Settlement

Subjects:

Art, Language Arts, Social Studies  

Grades:

5, 6  

Title – Early White Settlement or Invasion of Australia?
By – Helen Whitechurch – Argot Library of Educational Resources
Subject – Social Studies, Art, Language Arts
Grade Level – Years 5 and 6
Early White Settlement or Invasion of Australia?
Unit Overview:
KLAs: Creative Arts, English, Human Society, Mathematics and Science and Technology
Timeframe: 10 weeks
Literary Text Types: Observation; Literary Description; Personal Response
Factual Text Types: Factual Description; Exposition; Discussion

This unit investigates the different land management techniques practiced by the indigenous inhabitants and the first white colonists in Australia.
Students examine the life of Aboriginal people before colonization; early white explorers; the First Fleet; and consequences of colonization for Aboriginal people.

Early White Settlement or Invasion of Australia?

Unit Overview      Assessment Tasks      Resources      Word Lists
Key Learning Areas
Unit Overview
KLAs: Creative Arts, English, Human Society, Mathematics and Science and Technology
Timeframe: 10 weeks
Literary Text Types: (This unit focuses on the underlined texts. Follow the link for details.)
Narrative; Literary Recount; Observation; Literary Description; Personal Response; Review
Factual Text Types:
Factual Description; Information Report; Procedure; Procedural Recount; Factual Recount; Explanation; Exposition; Discussion

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This unit investigates the different land management techniques practiced by the indigenous inhabitants and the first white colonists in Australia.
Students examine the life of Aboriginal people before colonization; early white explorers; the First Fleet; and consequences of colonization for Aboriginal people.
Studentshave two major and four minor tasks to complete:Major Tasks

  • a written exposition from the point of view of either an Eora person, a convict or a soldier – My life is better now than it was previously.
  • a written discussion on the differences between Aboriginal and white techniques for land management

Minor Tasks

  • an oral observation about the life of Aborigines before colonization
  • an oral literary description about the life of convicts on the First Fleet
  • an oral personal response to a reading text
  • a written factual description of Old Sydney Town

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English
Talking and Listening: Student outcomes

  • communicates effectively
  • expresses well-developed and well organized ideas
  • uses effective oral presentation skills
  • listens attentively
  • discusses how spoken and written language differ in various contexts
  • evaluates organizational patterns of spoken texts
  • and discusses some characteristic language features
  • These activities also develop topic vocabulary and field knowledge

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Reading: Student outcomes

  • reads more difficult texts
  • responds to more complex themes and issues
  • critically analyses techniques used by writers to create effects, position the reader, and construct different interpretations of events
  • identifies text structure in complex text types
  • discusses how grammatical features can be used to influence readers’ and viewers’ understandings of texts

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Writing: Student outcomes

  • produces well-structured and well-presented texts on challenging topics
  • uses a knowledge of sentence structure, grammar and punctuation to edit their work
  • spells common words accurately and use a range of strategies to spell unfamiliar words
  • produces texts in fluent and legible styles
  • uses computer technology to present texts in a variety of ways
  • critically analyses their own texts
  • critically evaluates how their own texts can be structured to influence an audience

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