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Year 10


Exploring rights and freedoms

Summary of task

Students were asked to investigate the role, actions and influence of an individual or group involved in the achievement of the civil rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. They were required to present their findings in the first-person and to demonstrate an understanding of attitudes and perspectives from the time. They were also given a choice of options for the format of their presentations: letter, speech, newspaper opinion piece, series of diary entries, historical narrative. The task was completed for homework over a period of three weeks.

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 10, students refer to key events, the actions of individuals and groups, and beliefs and values to explain patterns of change and continuity over time. They analyse the causes and effects of events and developments and explain their relative importance. They explain the context for people’s actions in the past. Students explain the significance of events and developments from a range of perspectives. They explain different interpretations of the past and recognise the evidence used to support these interpretations.

Students sequence events and developments within a chronological framework, and identify relationships between events across different places and periods of time. When researching, students develop, evaluate and modify questions to frame a historical inquiry. They process, analyse and synthesise information from a range of primary and secondary sources and use it as evidence to answer inquiry questions. Students analyse sources to identify motivations, values and attitudes. When evaluating these sources, they analyse and draw conclusions about their usefulness, taking into account their origin, purpose and context. They develop and justify their own interpretations about the past. Students develop texts, particularly explanations and discussions, incorporating historical argument. In developing these texts and organising and presenting their arguments, they use historical terms and concepts, evidence identified in sources, and they reference these sources.

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