Discussion / Thinking Question – Back in Time

Let’s link in with our Inquiry topic and study for this week’s thinking question. Our focus this week will be on:

  • making links between the past and the present (and identifying what is different)
  • including historical fact in a fiction piece of writing
  • describe a scene
  • writing in the first person.

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You are Marty McFly, and have just travelled in the DeLorean back to the year 1912. Describe where you have arrived and what the world is like. Try to include facts about the era to make it seem real.

Prezi: Australian Federation

This week we will be beginning our decades research project, which we will be presenting using the tool Prezi. On Thursday we will learn how to use Prezi. To show you how it can be done, I had a go at making this Prezi project on the holidays. It also gives you a chance to learn about Australian Federation, which occurred in our decade.

Summarising the 20th Century

Over the past two days we have been working on researching the different decades of the 20th Century in preparation for choosing a decade to study as our inquiry unit. Everyone has been working with a partner to investigate a decade and create a mindmap using the program Inspiration. You can see each of the mindmaps here or by clicking on the links below. When we were complete, we shared our information and combined all of the mindmaps together in to one giant mindmap, which you can see below. In order to view the detail on the mindmap, you will need to save the map by right clicking this link and selecting “Save As…”.

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What do you think was the most important event in the 20th Century?

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Check out the mindmaps for each decade; 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s.