Speaking the language

[Episode 5 | 1968 : Sofia]

Sofia and her friend Mareka are watching Professor Julius Sumner Miller's television science show, Why is it so? Janice arrives and meets Sofia's mother and grandmother. She needs Sofia to translate the conversation and Sofia deliberately tells each party the wrong translation.


The Australian curriculum: History

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The Australian Curriculum: History aims to ensure that students develop: 

  • interest in, and enjoyment of, historical study for lifelong learning and work, including their capacity and willingness to be informed and active citizens 
  • knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the past and the forces that shape societies, including Australian society 
  • understanding and use of historical concepts, such as evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability 
  • capacity to undertake historical inquiry, including skills in the analysis and use of sources, and in explanation and communication.

History activities [1]

Activity 1: Why is it so?
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Subtheme(s): Historical events; Inventions and electronic media

  • Each student should elect to research one scientific or technological event. Ask students to address the following questions in their report:
  1. What was the invention or event?
  2. When did it happen?
  3. Who was involved?
  4. Why was it important to the world?
  5. What awards did it win?
  6. What aspect of this invention is relevant today?
  • Students should also source images to highlight the key aspects of the report.


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