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Australian Nation Builders School Price:
Single CDs $27.50 each. - Set of all 12 CDs $199.00. - Postage & handling $10.00 per order.

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Australian Nation Builders 1-6
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Australian Nation Builders 7-12
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Australian Nation Builders is a series of twelve dramatized audio CDs that tell the story of some of the important people and significant events in Australia's history.

The Australian Nation Builders narratives are each approximately 30 minutes in length, 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.

Australian Nation Builders 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 Australian Nation Builders dramatized 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

The Australian Nation Builders are centered on the lives and achievements of some remarkable people in Australian history. Rather than a catalogue of facts the characters are presented as "whole" human beings with strengths and weaknesses.

The Australian Nation Builders aim is to stimulate students to develop concepts, interests, values, feelings and action patterns essential for modern society.

Scripted and dramatized to maximise student interest and develop listening skills, the twelve titles in this program have playing times of approximately 30 minutes each, and were specifically designed to provide source material for Australian history studies.

The titles in the series are:

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Australian Nation Builders 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. Australian Nation Builders 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.

The preparation work required of the teacher is minimal.

Each title has a teacher's guide which lists objectives, rationale, teaching suggestions and vocabulary of difficult words and phrases.

Included also is a student's listening-aid sheet and a post listening developmental work sheet.

All back-up material can be accessed and printed from the CDs using a Windows 95 or later computer.

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Australian Nation Builders 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 Australian Nation Builder 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.

Title

Year Levels

Key Content Areas

John Macarthur

Year 5

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Governor Macquarie

Year 5

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Caroline Chisholm

Year 5

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John Batman

Year 5

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William Light

Year 5

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Cobb and Co.

Year 5

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Peter Lalor

Year 5

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Paddy Hannan

Year 5

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C.Y. O'Connor

Year 5 / Year 6

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Daisy Bates

Year 5 / Year 6

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John Flynn

Year 6

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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Year 6

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