Digging up the Past: WW1

Anzacs at night

How did Mark Greenwood and Frane Lessac bring the story of Simpson and his Donkey (Walker Books) to life?

Examine how historical narrative is researched and constructed. Understand the role of primary sources in the creation of such narratives.  Look closely at primary sources from the State Library collection and identify how the information from these sources may have been used to bring the story of Simpson and his Donkey to life.  In this hands-on workshop, students closely examine primary source materials relating to WW1 and learn how to search for sources to construct a narrative of their own.

This guided workshop is 1-hour duration.

Download the Pre and Post Activity Sheet [PDF] [needs updating ] 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: (ACHASSK064), (WAHASS27), (WAHASS28), (WAHASS30), (WAHASS32), (ACELA1478), (ACELT1599), (ACELA1483), (ACELY1675), (ACELY1678).

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: 6 February 2020