Chinese Contributions in Australian History

墨尔本唐人街

Origins: History of Immigration

http://www.asiaeducation.edu.au/curriculum_resources/history_cr/china_elearning_sequences/china_elearning_sequences_landing_page.html

This series of learning sequences for years 5,6 and 9  History engage students to explore  the contributions of the Chinese to Australia’s History in the 19th and 20th centuries. They support implementation of the  Asia and Australia’s engagement with Asia cross-curriculum priority of and the general capability of Information, Communication and Technology.

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

Learning Sequences

Year 5 Alignment to Australian Curriculum

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

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

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

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