Learning Sequences

For History teachers and students

Developed by HTAA (The History Teachers' Association of Australia)

Unit 2 - Investigating the 1852 Gundagai Flood


This unit introduces a student inquiry into the 1852 Gundagai flood.

It has a number of goals. Students will:

  • have the opportunity to investigate a major event in Australian social history which integrates a significant aspect of Indigenous history,
  • be introduced to Trove and encouraged to explore its potential as a resource for inquiring into Australia’s past,
  • complete a learning sequence that develops skills in historical research and communication,
  • be encouraged to explore issues around commemoration and significance in history,
  • be given a model that will assist their preparation for other tasks such as the National History Challenge.

This unit directly supports the Australian Curriculum: History, Years 9 and 10. However, it may be adapted for student research or extension work in any year or for primary years.

Unit Components

  1. Introduction (teachers)
  2. Learning Sequence (teachers)
  3. Research Using Trove (teachers)
  4. Historical Context — Background (teachers and students)
  5. Teacher Resource 1 (TR 1) — Learning Sequence Back Mapping (teachers)
  6. Teacher Resource 2 (TR 2) — Learning Sequence Program (teachers)
  7. Teacher Resource 3 (TR 3) — Feedback and Marking Templates (teachers)
  8. Student Resource 1 (SR 1) — Working with Sources (students)
  9. Student Resource 2 (SR 2) — Referencing Sources in History (students)
  10. Student Resource 3 (SR 3) — Student Use of Referencing (students)
  11. Student Resource 4 (SR 4) — Commemoration (students)
  12. Student Resource 5 (SR 5) — 5W Planning Scaffold (students)