Digging up the Past: Early Colonial

Digging up the Past

What are the facts behind the fiction? How do authors research their narratives?

Digging up the Past: Early Colonial helps students develop research skills as they do some ‘digital digging’ to uncover historical facts from historical photographs and newspapers.  Teachers can choose to focus on one of two Western Australian stories: The Legend of Moondyne Joe by Mark Greenwood (Walker Books) or Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck by Sonia Martinez (Fremantle Press), as students are shown how to identify key words and search online to find the primary source materials that would have inspired both the narrative and illustrations of the chosen text.

This guided workshop is 1-hour duration.

Download the Pre and Post Activity Sheet [PDF] for ideas on how to use primary source materials to develop historical narrative back in the classroom.

Students will:

  • Engage with primary source materials.
  • Understand the role of the Library in preserving stories from the past.
  • Compare and contrast primary and secondary source materials.
  • Identify how historical narrative relies on reliable sources for authenticity.
  • Identify basic key words.
  • Search for primary source materials online.
Curriculum Links

HaSS and English:  (WAHASS51), (WAHASS52), (WAHASS55), (WAHASS54), (WAHASS56), (WAHASS62), (ACHASSK110), (ACELT1608), (ACELY1698).

Bookings are essential for all school visits. If you would like to book an educational experience for your students, complete a workshop request form, call 9427 3202 or email ed@slwa.wa.gov.au  All education visits are free of charge.

Last updated on: 7 February 2020