Night projection

[Episode 15 | 1868 : Minna]

Minna and her friend Adelaide steal Mr Wong's lantern from his house. They use the lantern to frighten the neighbourhood boys by projecting an image onto the tent the boys are spending the night in.


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: The legend of Bloody Mary
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Subtheme(s): Beliefs; Entertainment and games
  • Superstitions such as the popular myth of Bloody Mary have been part of people's beliefs for many years. Ask the students to research the origins of the Bloody Mary legend.
  • The following websites may be useful:
  1. Museum Victoria, 'Australian Children's Folklore Collection',
  2. Woman's Day, 'Origins of 13 Common Superstitions',
  3. The Tudors, 'Bloody Mary Legend',
  4. Halloween Web 2011, 'Bloody Mary Legend',
  5. Scary for Kids, 'Bloody Mary Legend',
  • As a class, research the origin of other popular myths and superstitions such as breaking a mirror brings seven years bad luck, or stepping on a crack in the footpath brings misfortune. Each student could find another example of a superstition. These stories can be from the Victorian era or from other cultures.

  • In a small group, ask students to create a Kahootz 3 animation or a short stop-motion animation using plasticine or clay depicting a selected popular myth that explains the history of the superstition and its origin.
  • Students can use the storyboard outline in the student activity sheet to help organise their ideas.


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