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World War I: The Australian Experience

History 7, 9
In this activity, students will learn about the experience of Australian soldiers during WWI including life in the trenches, the use of gas and rules of war.

90 minutes

Learning Goals

Students will learn about the places where Australians fought and the nature of warfare during World War I.

What you’ll need

Projector/ Smartboard Computer for media A copy of Dolce et Decorum Est by Wilfred Owen Notebook and Pens Computer or Devices for independent research

Year level

Year 7, 9



Cross Curriculum Priority

done Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Histories and Cultures

done Sustainability

done Asia and Australia's Engagement with Asia

General capabilities

done Literacy

done Numeracy

done ICT Capability

done Critical and Creative Thinking

done Personal and Social Capability

done Ethical Understanding

done Intercultural Understanding


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Rules of War

In this activity, students research the rules of warfare including what they are and why we have them. Students will also explore poisonous gases and other dangers in the trenches during World War I.