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The Importance of Anzac Day and the Gallipoli Experience to Australians
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Description:

This learning element is designed to build on existing understandings of the Gallipoli campaign and its commemoration on Anzac Day. Cooperative learning activities have been used extensively to support underperforming students.

  • Discipline: English and Studies of Society and the Environment (SOSE)
  • Topic: This learning element builds on existing knowledge and develops deeper understandings about the experience of soldiers at Gallipoli and why it is important to all Australians.
  • Prior knowledge: Construction of PEC paragraphs, Text Analyst Role from Cooperative Reading, Visual literacy: use of colour and gesture (previous learning element The Island), Meaning of slang and of ANZAC Day
  • Age range: 12-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Flowers For Algernon Unit
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Description:

In this culminating unit, the students will integrate outside resources into their learning and reflection, while ultimately working towards synthesizing multiple experiences (literature, guest speakers, articles, personal experiences) into a reflective paper/project.  This unit will center itself around the novel Flowers For Algernon.

  • Discipline: English III--Junior level
  • Topic: Novel study
  • Prior knowledge: Essay writing, research skills, wide variety of discussion activities
  • Age range: 16-18
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Geology of ecosystems
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The students will explore the properties, composition and formation of sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks.  They will develop key understandings about geological features and their role in establishing and sustaining ecosystems.  They will also take an active role in analysing geological evidence, including the fossil record, in investigating ancient events, past environmental conditions and changes over time.

  • Discipline: Science
  • Topic: Geology
  • Prior knowledge: None
  • Age range: 13-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Tall Tales Today
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Students will read and examine selections from "Tall Tales" genre of American Literature.  They will use these examples to explore figurative language and to help them create their own tall tale characters and stories.

  • Discipline: Language Arts
  • Topic: Descriptive Writing/Figurative Language
  • Prior knowledge: Familiarity with American Tall Tales
  • Age range: 11-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Shadow Puppetry in China
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Students explore Chinese shadow puppets, woodworking techniques and the elements of design to create their own shadow puppets.

  • Discipline: Technology
  • Topic: Woodwork and Studies of Asia
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  • Age range: 12-14
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Creative Writing Through Short Stories
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Creative Writing Through Short Stories

  • Discipline: English
  • Topic: Creative Writing
  • Prior knowledge: None
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Chinese Power: Shi Huangdi to Harmony
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This unit is a study of ancient China and the links between the power of the ancient Emperors and that of modern China.

  • Discipline: History
  • Topic: The ways governments maintain power in ancient and modern China with links to democracy in Australia
  • Prior knowledge: Ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Losing Hearts and Minds: The Vietnam Conflict Fought at Home
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An analysis of why the Australian involvement in the Vietnam War occured with a particular focus upon anti-war sentiment and primary source material.

  • Discipline: History - part of the Society and the Environment stream
  • Topic: The Vietnam War: Australian involvement and anti-war sentiment in Australia and the United States of America
  • Prior knowledge: Basic geographical mapping skills
  • Age range: 15-16
  • Publisher: Lanyon Cluster of Schools
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Drug Use Issues
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This learning element is an adaptation of curriculum developed in Western Australia and modelled through Learning by Design for use within Lyneham High Schools PE curriculum.

This learning element has a drug use issues focus and content related to young people and utility knowledge about drug use. It includes student drug use statistics, myths associated with drug use, harms and consequences of cannabis and other illicit drug use.

  • Discipline: Health
  • Topic: Drugs
  • Prior knowledge: Nil
  • Age range: 14-15
  • Publisher: Self-published
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Earrings!
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Description:

A persuasive writing unit using the book, Earrings! by Judith Viorst.

 

  • Discipline: Language Arts
  • Topic: Persuasive Writing
  • Prior knowledge: Elaboration, Narrative Writing, Introductions and Conclusions
  • Age range: 11-13
  • Publisher: Self-published
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