How and why did Australia become a nation?

Case Study Overview

In 1901 Australia changed from being six separate colonies to being a new nation, containing 6 states.

In this unit we look at how and why this happened in 1901. We even give you the chance to see if you were a politician in 1901 if you would have been able to create Australia.

We also look at a lot of key ideas about the nation and lawmaking – including what ‘Federation’ is, what a ‘Constitution’ is, what is meant by ‘Parliament’ and  ‘Government’. We give you a chance to pass an Act of Parliament, and to create your own crossword puzzle to give to your friends and family to do.

Format
This unit of study is presented as a website which includes interactive elements, videos, PDF and worksheets (in Word Doc format). The unit is compatible with computers and iPads.

Case study unit of work inquiry structure

  • Activity 1 Video Activity: How did Australia become a nation in 1901?
  • Activity 2 Understanding Key Concepts: ‘Federation’ and ‘Constitution’
  • Activity 3 Can you create the Australian nation?
  • Activity 4 Where did the Constitution come from?
  • Activity 5 Understanding Key Concepts: ‘Parliament’, ‘Government’ & ‘Law-making’
  • Activity 6 What are the key features of the Australian system of law & government?
  • Activity 7 Can you pass an Act of Parliament?
  • Activity 8 Create your own crossword

For Primary Students

AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM:
HISTORY YEAR 6
• Australia as a Nation

Case Study Resources

  • Interactive website
  • Print Resources (PDF)
  • Worksheets (DOC)
  • High Quality Video
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