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Australia's Yesterdays
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Australia's Yesterdays is a series of six dramatised audio CDs that tell the history of Australia in cronological order, form the arrival of the First Fleet, to Australian federation.

The Australia's Yesterdays narratives are from 45 to 60 minutes in length each, and are presented in child appropriate language that can be readily understood by middle and upper primary age students.

The program assists in the development of student’s historical knowledge, understanding and skills to meet the requirements of the F-10 National History Curriculum for Australian schools at Year 5 and Year 6.

Australia's Yesterdays also works with and complements other initiatives of history education in Australia within SOSE or HSIE in a range of school contexts, especially the work of the National Centre for History Education (NCHE).

About This Program

The National History Curriculum recommends the use of 'story' as a key strategy for developing young people's historical thinking. Research has shown that young learners grapple with the past in much the same way as historians, they make sense of it by analysing, ordering and linking events in narrative form.

The Australia's Yesterdays dramatised narratives allow students to experience the story in Australia's fascinating history. The narratives introduce many of the people who were instrumental in establishing the early British colonies in Australia and the people responsible developing and molding those colonies into the Australian nation.

As well as the famous names Governor Phillip, Governor Macquarie, Caroline Chisholm, Edward Hargreaves, Ned Kelly, Alfred Deakin and the like, the ordinary people of the day are depicted; the squatters, the gold diggers, the convicts, the bushrangers and the lesser known founding fathers.

The dramatised stories stimulate students' imagination and helps them develope empathy for how the people lived and worked in early colonial Australia.

Reinforcing the dramatised stories are numerous traditional folk songs. The folk songs provide increased pupil identification and motivation; they can also be used by the teacher to increase the class’s repertoire of songs.

Each title is devided into chapters or tracks that alow teachers to use their discretion on how the narratives are presented to students.

The titles in the series are:

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Why was Australia settled? How did the first settlers, willing and unwilling, survive in this strange, new land? These and many other questions are posed and answered in the First Settlement.
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The brutality of the convict system has long scarred Australia's conscience.  What was the system really like?  Convicts examines all aspects of the convict system and those who participated in it.

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Australia's first taste of wealth and security came with the discovery that the continent was ideally suited to the rearing of sheep and cattle.  This program follows the story of the squatters, the men and women who tamed the inland wilderness and made a fortune.
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The story of the Australian gold rushes is full of spectacle and pathos.  From the viewpoint of the ordinary gold digger, the joys, the trials and the tribulations of these people are examined.

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Almost from the first settlement, bushrangers roamed the Australian outback.  This tape follows the development of bushranging from the early convict escapees to the wild colonial boys like Ben Hall and Ned Kelly.

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By 1901 Australia was federated into a single nation.  The decisions made by the founding fathers in the preceding years have irrevocably determined the subsequent growth of the nation.

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Australia's Yesterdays provides a valuable resource for busy teachers who may not necessarily have trained as historians, taking the hard work out of researching multiple complex periods of Australian history.

A great deal of discretion is given to the teacher as to how they use the program. Australia's Yesterdays can be used by individual students, by students working together in small groups, or by the entire class working on the same narrative.

The process of working on the narratives fosters debate among the participating students and enables them to exchange ideas, refine points of view and appreciate the ideas of others.

Australia's Yesterdays have comprehensive teachers' guides, student review sheets and a list of further learning activities.
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Reinforcing the dramatised stories are numerous traditional folk songs. 

The folk songs provide increased pupil identification and motivation; they can also be used by the teacher to increase the class’s repertoire of songs.

The words to the folk songs can be printed from the CDs.

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Australia's Yesterdays helps studenrs answer the key inquiry questions of the F-10 National History Curriculum for Year 5 - The Australian Colonies...

  1. What do we know about the lives of people in Australia’s colonial past and how do we know?

  2. How did an Australian colony develop over time and why?

  3. How did colonial settlement change the environment?

  4. What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped Australian colonies?
and Year 6- Australia as a Nation...
  1. Why and how did Australia become a nation?

  2. How did Australian society change throughout the twentieth century?

  3. Who were the people who came to Australia? Why did they come?

  4. What contribution have significant individuals and groups made to the development of Australian society?

Mapping Table

This mapping table shows the relationship of each Australia's Yesterdays title to the appropriate year level of the F-10 National History Curriculum, as well as giving a broad overview of the key content areas covered. This is highly useful for teachers in multi-level classes who may be required to teach content within a class at two or more different year levels.

Program Volume

Year Levels

Key Content Areas

First Settlement

Year 5

Why was Australia settled? How did the first settlers, willing and unwilling, survive in this strange, new land? These and many other questions are posed and answered in the First Settlement.

Convicts

Year 5

The brutality of the convict system has long scarred Australia's conscience.  What was the system really like?  Convicts examines all aspects of the convict system and those who participated in it.

Squatters

Year 5

Australia's first taste of wealth and security came with the discovery that the continent was ideally suited to the rearing of sheep and cattle.  This program follows the story of the squatters, the men and women who tamed the inland wilderness and made a fortune.

Gold

Year 5

The story of the Australian gold rushes is full of spectacle and pathos.  From the viewpoint of the ordinary gold digger, the joys, the trials and the tribulations of these people are examined.

Bushrangers

Year 5

Almost from the first settlement, bushrangers roamed the Australian outback.  This tape follows the development of bushranging from the early convict escapees to the wild colonial boys like Ben Hall and Ned Kelly.

Federation

Year 4 / Year 5

By 1901 Australia was federated into a single nation.  The decisions made by the founding fathers in the preceding years have irrevocably determined the subsequent growth of the nation.

Australia's Yesterdays School Price:
Single CDs $27.50 each. - Set of all 6 CDs $99.00. - Postage & handling $10.00 per order.

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