Teaching and Learning Proforma -
(Big idea - The history of European settlement in Australia began with the establishment of a penal colony. the convicts it held were transported as punishment for their crimes. the first Australian bushrangers were runaway convicts. When the gold rushes began a different bushranger emerged.)Intended Outcomes:
Children will -
Discuss what the children know about bushrangers - Who were the bushrangers? Why did men become bushrangers? What type of crimes did they commit? What happened to them if they were caught?
Discuss how other countries had their own hero worshipping thieves and murderers. England had famous highwaymen, Ireland had tobymen, other countries had bandits and state coach robbers.
Refining (students questions, ideas and teachers intentions):
Children will need to be made aware that there were two periods of history when bushranging occurred. Discuss -
Children complete the cloze sheet Bushrangers.
Children will be given bushrangers to research. These will be divided into the early period -
and from the second period
The following questions will be answered -
Other activities in which all students will participate -
Design a wanted poster for the bushranger you have researched.
Compile a word list and meanings.
Match and organise information about bushrangers.
Comprehension and cloze activities.
Pretend you are a free farmer on a small farm near Glenrowan, vic in the year 1880. Write a letter to Ellen Kelly telling her how you feel about what is happening in her family and how it is effecting others.
Discuss - If a person feels robbed of their rights, are they justified in having contempt for the rights of others?
You are a journalist for the Melbourne Argus covering the trial of Ned Kelly. Write a report of the trial including some background on the charges, sentence, and words spoken by trial witnesses including Police Constable McIntyre, Ned's family, Judge Barry and Ned Kelly himself. (This could be incorporated in using the Publisher wizard).
In groups of five to six, choose one of the famous incidents in the history of Australian Bushranging and write a screenplay for it. Video the final production.
Read some of the folksongs and poems on Australian Bushranging. Listen to some of the folk songs.
Reflecting on what we have learnt
Discuss - Why did the number of bushrangers increase in
Why do you think the bushrangers were able to escape from the police so easily?
Ben Hall http://www.lisp.com.au/~canowinh/Bushrang.htm
Ned Kelly http://www.netspace.net.au/~bradwebb/
Australian Bushrangers http://www.bushnet.qld.edu.au/schools/herberton_primary/pages/bushranger.html
Educational Kits -
Ned Kelly - the legend and the man
Bushrangers: 7 - 10
Brown, Doug & Monoghan, Bob Comprehension 6
Longman Cheshire Pty Limited Melbourne 1994
Eshuys Guest Phelan Discovering Australian History Macmillan Education Australia Pty Ltd South Melbourne 1996
Fletcher, Helen Cloze in on Themes Book 1 Holding Educational Aids (Australasia) Pty. Ltd.
Walters, Lynley Non-fiction Cloze and Comprehension Activities Book 3 Longman Cheshire Pty Limited Melbourne 1993
Woods, Andrew J English Still Matters Books 3 & 4 Addison Wesley Longman Australia 1994
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