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Empathic Reflection: Captain Cook


Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 2 (end of Year 4)
Grade B Bobby   Robyn  
Grade C Ashley   Rania  
Grade D Terry   Chris  

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

Change and Continuity

Description of activity

Students compose an empathic reflection based on the life of Captain Cook. They introduce themselves as Cook and reflect on events in his life including his discovery of the east coast of Australia.

Prior learning

Students have been participating in a unit of work on the British colonisation of Australia. They have learnt about various aspects of contact and exploration. Students have investigated key historical events and sites, and explored the impact of British colonisation on Indigenous Australians. In class, they have read the book, ‘I Wish I’d Sailed with Captain Cook’, and they have discussed Cook’s discovery of the east coast of Australia. In Creative Arts, they have participated in role-plays about historical figures and events.

Board of Studies, HSIE K–6 Units of Work,pp 193–202

Outcomes

Change and Continuity CCS2.1
Describes events and actions related to the British colonisation of Australia and assesses changes and consequences.
Change and Continuity CCS2.2
Explains changes in the community and family life and evaluates the effects of these on different individuals, groups and environments.

Criteria for assessing learning

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • select and use historical sources to reconstruct the past
  • incorporate factual information
  • sequence and describe events and actions related to the British colonisation of Australia
  • demonstrate an empathic understanding of the experiences of an historical figure.
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