Making a Nation History Lesson Plan – Yr 9 Australian History


Summary of Lesson Plan:

In this lesson, students compare what has happened in Europe to what has happened in Australia towards becoming a nation. They compare historical maps and respond to questions posed by the teacher. This is the first lesson in a series of lesson in the Yr 9 Australian History Unit.

Australian Curriculum Links:

  • The extension of settlement, including the effects of contact (intended and unintended) between European settlers in Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (ACDSEH020)

Learning Outcome:

Understand the landscape in terms of the Aboriginal population in Australia before 1788.

Lesson Plan Sequence:

Sequence of lesson:

  1. Take 5 minutes to introduce new unit of work to students and outline next 6 weeks of work on the whiteboard. (5 minutes) See Australian History Unit
  2. Hand out blank map of Europe to students. Have them colour map according to following three criteria; Language spoken, Religion and Conflicts with nations around them. Discuss results when finished. (20 minutes)
  3. Hand out map of aboriginal language groups in Australia ( Have students write a 75 word response comparing this map with their own maps of Europe. (20 minutes) Stick both maps in workbooks.
  4. Think pair share activity between students comparing their maps. Eventually create bigger groups with the class until you manage a whole class discussion. (15 minutes)


Internet research task of one of the language groups around your own area. Be prepared to discuss this in the next class.


Web resources:

(map of Australian aboriginal language groups)

Equipment needed:

  • Coloured pencils/ textas
  • Blank map of Europe
  • Aboriginal language map of Australia (link provided)



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  1. Sorry for the late reply. I like to have the students work in pairs and just use their prior knowledge and then compare their knowledge of Europe to their knowledge of Australia before European settlement. This allows you to draw connections between what knowledge students see as being important and to also ask questions as to why students know things about Europe that they don’t know about Australia. Google maps is also a good resource as you can look around Europe in more detail.