[Episode 7 | 1948 : Jen]

Jen and her friends are fantasising about the attractiveness of movie stars and royalty and rating them between one and ten. The girls only rate Wal as a three or four, which makes Jen feel that her friends would not approve if she told them about her mother's affection for him. She realises the inevitable when she sees her mother's engagement ring.


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: Changes
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Subtheme(s): Gender roles and stereotypes; Relationships
  • Jen has experienced many changes in her family. She lost her war-hero father, is living with her extended family and is getting a new stepfather. Her mother also experiences considerable changes; she is now a young widow with a child to support, relies on her family for help, and has to share her house. Following the war, it was common for young war widows to remarry.

  • As a class, discuss the changing roles of women in post-war Australia and the effects this had on society. Students could investigate women's roles in the 1940s compared with the roles of women today. They should look at women's responsibilities in the home, at work and in the community. Then the class can create a Venn diagram to visually represent this comparison.


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