We will understand the key people and events that lead to Australia’s Federation

I can explain the meanings of key words

I can use Cornell Notes to gather key information

I can create a brief timeline of people and events that lead to Federation

My timeline includes a date, an image/s and at least 3 sentences to describe the event.

BTN Federation-zd9jph  Please save a copy of this PDF as we will be referring to it as we learn about Federation.

A rubric for your letter

We will understand what a rubric is

We will understand how a rubric can be used


I can create a rubric to check my Sovereign Hill letter.

What’s a rubric, you say?

It can look a little like this:

Have you seen one before? The rows on the LHS are where you write in the elements that you will be checking yourself off against- to make sure that you have these things in your letter. What things would you put here?


The numbers are how you might score yourself- maybe a 4 is the very very best example, a 1 might be that you have barely included that element…

Why do you think you would use a rubric? Do you think it would be helpful to you?

What would you include in your rubric for your Sovereign Hill letter?


We will understand the elements of a Haiku poem

I can create a Haiku poem to commemorate ANZAC Day

I can recognise the syllables within each word

I can choose interesting vivid language


Some ANZAC haiku examples

How to write a Haiku

A BTN Video with good links on the RHS


When  you have written your poem, I would like you to post it on your blog. Once you have posted your poem, visit your LC and leave them some feedback on their poem.

What do you know?

We’re going to start having a look at the lead up to Federation, the actual event of Federation and then how Australia developed a ‘national identity’. But before we get too far into looking at this, you will need to do a good old bit of collecting what you already know for me….

It’s up to you how you choose to collect this information and present it to me. You could draw, write, make a quick video (nothing too fancy, mind you!), use book creator, Pic Collage or EE. You’ll need to keep what ever you create relatively short, as you will need to post what you create on your blog.

You must answer the questions below. Please put a little thought into your answers, spend some time thinking about each one. Some of them are simple one word or short sentence answers, others will require a longer response. Some you won’t know very much about yet, but I’m sure you would be able to have a guess.


Before Federation, Australia was divided into 6 separate……………………………..


Which other country might have been part of Australia?


Who was Henry Parkes?


Why were the initial attempts to become a Federation rejected?


What role did Alfred Deakin play in becoming a Federation?


In what year did Australia become a nation?


Who was Australia’s first Prime Minister?


How did Federation impact on Indigenous people and Chinese migrants?


What do you know about the Eureka Stockade?


What were some big events that have happened between 1901 and 1960?


Who were some important people between 1901 and 1960?

Planning and drafting your letter

I can plan and draft a section of my letter.

I can include appropriate historical language to make my letter authentic.

I can use the 7 steps technique of show don’t tell.

I can collect a range of interesting and historical language to include in my letter.


Have a look at these website:



Ensure you are using a range of dictionaries and thesauri to collect a range of interesting words.

Brainstorm the 6 senses to ensure you are including this language in your letter.


Copper Plate Handwriting

Develop a handwriting style that is legible, fluent and that can vary depending on context.

I understand that handwriting has evolved and changed over time for a variety of reasons.

Today we will have a look at the handwriting style you are expected to use for your good copy of your Sovereign Hill letter. Yes, it’s fancy. Yes, it’s a little bit tricky. But we will get the hang of it with a little practice.


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