The lives of bushrangers have inspired many films, stories, poems and visual art, enhancing their mythical place in Australian culture. However, this view of bushrangers is in debate, with some arguing that bushrangers should really be portrayed as violent criminals rather than heroic outlaws.
- In pairs, ask students to create a vodcast from a famous bushranger. Ask one student to describe the life of the bushranger from the perspective of the bushranger or one of their friends. The other student should describe the bushranger from the perspective of one of the bushranger's victims or one of their grieving relatives. Ask students to use the student activity sheet to help them prepare their script.
- Ask students to create a wanted poster for their favourite bushranger.
- Play a hot seat role-play where the student pretends to be the bushranger that they have researched. The rest of the class asks questions about the bushranger's life. The student in the 'hot seat' responds in character from the information they have researched or based on how they feel the bushranger would respond.
Student Activity Sheet H18.6: Bushrangers