'It's a long way to Tipperary' was a famous celebratory song from the First World War and is the background audio for this episode. This song was one of many propaganda and sentimental songs used to encourage soldiers to do their duty, remember home and families and commemorate achievements. Anzac Day became a special event for commemorating the campaigns of not only the First World War, but for all wars Australians have been involved in.
- Find out more about Anzac Day and how it has shaped the Australian nation.
- What do the letters 'A', 'N', 'Z', 'A' and 'C' stand for?
- What is the importance of the Gallipoli campaign?
- What is the symbol of Anzac Day?
- When does Anzac Day occur?
- What happens on Anzac Day?
- Why is Anzac Day so important for Australians?
- Use the following websites as a guide to class discussions:
Australian War Museum, http://www.awm.gov.au
ANZAC DAY, http://www.anzacday.org.au
- Students create a commemorative booklet about the Anzac campaign. The booklet should include the following:
- introduction, including brief historical facts, timeline, and diagrams of the campaign
- images and annotations
- statistics about injuries and the loss of life
- how the event is commemorated in Anzac Day marches and celebrations
- symbols of the campaign
- personal story or recount about a family member who was involved, or the retelling of a researched soldier's bravery
- personal response to the importance of remembering the Anzacs.
- Each pair of students could prepare a booklet as a school resource to celebrate Anzac Day. The booklet could be published or be in digital form.