Group A: The history of Australia



Subtopic: The Aborigines


 

It is almost unbelievable: Australia has got the oldest inhabitants of the world!

It is your task now to find out more about these people and to collect the most important and interesting facts about their culture and history.

These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

 

1. Who are the Aborigines? What does the word “Aborigine” mean?

2. What are their beliefs and way of life in the past?

3. What happened to their way of life when the first European settlers arrived?

4. What is their current situation now?

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group 1: The history of Australia

Subtopic: The Aborigines

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoIe7dOI8_Y http://www.infoplease.com/ce6/society/A0805377.html

http://www.orac.net.au/~mhumphry/aborigin.html

http://www.culture.gov.au/articles/indigenous/

http://www.crystalinks.com/aboriginals.html

http://www.culture.gov.au/articles/indigenous/sorry/

 

Subtopic: Colonization


Now there are millions of people living in Australia and not all of them are Aborigines.

Your task is to learn more about the time when foreign people started to colonize Australia.

These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

 

1. Who discovered the continent (except for the Aborigines)?

2. Who where the first settlers of Australia?

3. Why is this continent called “Convict Australia”?

4. When and how was the Commonwealth of Australia finally formed?

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group 1: The history of Australia

Subtopic: Colonization

http://www.hunterian.gla.ac.uk/collections/museum/cook/cook.shtml

http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/convicts/

http://www.culture.gov.au/articles/convicts/

http://www.dfat.gov.au/aib/history.html

http://www.australianhistory.org/colonisation.php

 

Subtopic: Australia at War


In the last century there have been two World Wars in the world’s history and it is interesting how Australia reacted to the outbreak of these wars.

It is your task to learn about which role Australia played in these wars. These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

 

1. On which side did the Australians fight in both wars?

2. Who were the ANZACs?

3. Why is the ANZAC- day still celebrated?

4. What effects did the wars have on Australia? How many (Australian) soldiers died in both wars?

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group 1: The history of Australia

Subtopic: Australia at War

 

http://www.anzacday.biz/

http://www.dfat.gov.au/aib/history.html

http://www.worldwariihistory.info/in/Australia.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/australia_01.shtml

http://worldatwar.net/article/australiaswar/index.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/australia_01.shtml

 

Subtopic: Australia today


After several wars in the last century there is the question where point Australia stands now.

It is your task to pick any topic which is of interest for the current situation of Australia and to examine it deeply. Tell your group in which way this topic is important for the Australia of today.

You are free to choose which topic you would like to learn about, but remember the topic has to refer to the actual situation of Australia.

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group 1: The history of Australia

Subtopic: Australia today

 

Politics: http://www.abc.net.au/ra/australia/pdf/aus_politics.pdf

Education: http://www.abc.net.au/ra/australia/pdf/education.pdf

Environmental problems: http://www.abc.net.au/ra/australia/pdf/environmental.pdf

Sports: http://alldownunder.com/oz-k/sports/index.html

 

Group B: The geography of Australia



Subtopic: The size, population, capital of Australia


 

 Australia has got a unique flora and fauna with various landscapes and a variety of animals.

In the following subtopic get informed about the Australian states and territories, population and capital of Australia. These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

1. How large is Australia?

2. What is the size of its population?

3. What is the capital of Australia?

4. In how many states and territories is Australia divided? Present a map of Australia showing its states and territories!

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group 2: The geography of Australia

Subtopic: The size, population, capital of Australia

 

http://www.iexplore.com/dmap/Australia/Link

http://www.about-australia.com/welcome.html

http://www.smallguide.com.au/maps.html

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/94713ad445ff1425ca25682000192af2/1647509ef7e25faaca2568a900154b63?OpenDocument

http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/d3310114.nsf/home/population pyramid preview

 

Subtopic: Climate


Australia is located in the southern hemisphere (the hemisphere south of the Equator) so that the weather and the time of seasons are different from those of Europe.

Your task is to find out more about Australia’s climate. These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

 

1. Which climate zones can be found in Australia?

2. What kind of weather disasters do you have to expect when living in Australia?

3. What are the current temperatures in Australia?

4. How will the climate change affect Australia’s weather?

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group 2: The geography of Australia

Subtopic: Climate

 

http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/environ/travel/map.shtml

http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/weather/index.htm

http://www.weatherzone.com.au/

http://www.cultureandrecreation.gov.au/articles/naturaldisasters/

 

Subtopic: Australian animals


There are many different species of wildlife living in Australia and the kangaroo has become Australia’s symbol. But apart from kangaroos there are a lot more indigenous animals.

 Your task is to learn more about Australian animals. These questions should guide you in your search for more details on Australian animals:

 

 1. What is the translation for the aboriginal word “koala”?

2. Why are the kangaroo and the emu Australia’s symbols on the coat of Arms?

3. What kind of animal is the Tasmanian devil?

4. Do you know any other popular Australian Animals? Create a collage with all Australian animals you know!

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group 2: The Geography of Australia

Subtopic: Australian animals

 

http://www.culture.gov.au/articles/fauna/

http://www.australianfauna.com/koala.php

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Australia

http://australian-animals.net/

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_are_kangaroo_and_emu_pictured_on_Australian_coat_of_arms

http://www.ozshots.com/animals

http://library.thinkquest.org/28994/animals.html

 

Subtopic: Australian plants


Australia has got a wide variety of plants and Eucalyptus is only one of the plants typical for Australia. However, there are many plants which soon will be extinct.

That is why your task will be to explore some more indigenous plants and find out if they are threatened. These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

 

1. There are several very common plants in Australia. Make a table of at least 4 common plants, including a picture and a short description.

2. Each of Australia’s states has a flower which grows in this region as a symbol. 3. 3. Name and print out the flowers and match them to the states.

4. Which Australian plants are nearly extinct? Why? How many different species of plants still exist in Australia?

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group 2: The geography of Australia

Subtopic: Australian plants

http://www.culture.gov.au/articles/flora/

http://asgap.org.au/sgap1a.html

http://www.australiaplants.com/au_plants_a-b-c.htm

http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/pubs/plants.pdf http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/publications/plants.html

 

 Group C: Australia’s culture



Subtopic: Australia’s holidays


 

 Similar to Germany, Australia has got its own holidays. Besides the “normal” holiday we celebrate in Germany like Christmas and New Years there are a few “special” holidays which only are celebrated in Australia.

Your task is to get informed about Australia’s holidays. These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

 

1. Find at least three holidays which are only celebrated in Australia.

2. Find out why, when and what is celebrated on these holidays.

3. Try to learn about the background and the history of these holidays.

4. Surf the web and find pictures of the holidays you described.

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group C: Australia’s culture

Subtopic: Australia’s holidays

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Australia

http://www.australiaday.vic.gov.au/history.asp 

http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/the-melbourne-cup

http://www.culture.gov.au/articles/melbournecup/

http://www.slwa.wa.gov.au/federation/fed/034_comm.htm

http://www.awm.gov.au/commemoration/anzac/anzac_tradition.asp

http://goaustralia.about.com/cs/eventsfestivals/a/queensbirthday.htm

 

Subtopic: Australian food and drinks


Although Australia’s kitchen offers not as famous dishes as the French or Italian kitchen, there are nevertheless several interesting dishes which are worth to try.

With the help of the links below your task is to find out more about the Australian cuisine. These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

 

1. What is the food of the native Australians, the Aborigines, like?

2. What is special about the Australian kitchen nowadays?

3. Has the immigration in the past changed the eating habits of the Australians?

4. Draw a mind map of famous Australian dishes and fill it with pictures.

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group C: Australia’s culture

Subtopic: Australian food and drinks

 

http://www.culture.gov.au/articles/foodanddrink/index.htm

http://www.aussie-info.com/identity/food/

http://www.teachers.ash.org.au/bushtucker/

http://www.inmamaskitchen.com/FOOD_IS_ART/places/Ausfoodarticle.html#recipes

http://alldownunder.com/oz-u/food-recipes/index.html

 

Subtopic: Famous Australians


 

Did you know that Kylie Minogue is originally from Australia? And what about Cate Blanchett? – Yes!? – Fine, then your task is to try and find out other famous Australian who have become famous in either the

a.) film

b.) sport or

c.) music industry

 

Find at least one person for each group and explain why he/she is famous and what he/she did to become famous. Also find pictures of these people.

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group C: Australia’s culture

Subtopic: Famous Australians

 

http://www.svl.ch/IanThorpe/

http://i.ixnp.com/images/v3.81/t.gif

http://www.indexoz.com/people/index.htm

http://cateblanchett.net/news

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0005132/

 

Subtopic: Racism as a social problem


As you might know, Australia was discovered and populated by Europeans and it is even now still a popular country for immigrants. That is why racism is considered one of the social problems of Australia. Another conflict exists between the “new“ and the “old“ Australians, that is the Aborigines and the white population .

 

Your task is to try to find out more information on Australia’s social problems with regard to the Aborigines and racism. These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

 

1. Explain the word racism.

2. Find out more about how the Aborigines have suffered from the White-Australia-politics? What’s behind the word “Stolen Generation”?

3. Has the situation of Aborigines improved?

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group C: Australia’s culture

Subtopic: Racism as a social problem

 

http://www.antar.org.au/node/221

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stolen_Generation

http://reconciliaction.org.au/nsw/education-kit/stolen-generations/

http://www.globalissues.org/HumanRights/Racism.asp#RacisminAustralia

http://www.culture.gov.au/articles/indigenous/reconciliation/index.htm

http://www.culture.gov.au/articles/indigenous/sorry/index.htm

 

Group D: Famous sights of Australia



 Subtopic: Ayers Rock


 

Considering its uniqueness it is no wonder that this rock is probably the most famous rock all over the world!

It is your task to find out some more details about it and to present them to the class.

These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

 

1. What is its aboriginal name?

2. Why is it so important to the Aborigines? What is the story behind the rock?

3. How old, how high and how large is it?

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group D: Famous sights of Australia

Subtopic: Ayers Rock

 

http://library.thinkquest.org/J002388/ayersrock.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOxVc2XVV7s

http://www.sacred-destination

http://www.crystalinks.com/ayersrock.html

 

Subtopic: The Great Barrier Reef

 

If you like to go diving, the Great Barrier Reef is the place you should go.

But what exactly is the Great Barrier Reef?

It is your task to find out more about this reef and to present the most important facts about it.

These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

 

1. What is the size of the reef? Visualize the size on a map.

2. How many species of fish, corals and other marine animal does it contain?

3. Is the reef in danger of dying?

4. What are the plans to protect the reef?

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group D: Famous sights of Australia

Subtopic: The Great Barrier Reef

 

http://wwf.org.au/ourwork/oceans/gbr/

http://culture.gov.au/articles/greatbarrierreef/

http://www.australianexplorer.com/great_barrier_reef.htm

http://www.nrm.gov.au/publications/factsheets/pubs/10-protecting-great-barrier-reef.pdf

 

Subtopic: Sydney

 

Sydney is Australia’s oldest, largest and most popular city.

Give us some information about its facts and figures and tell us more about why it is so popular for Australians and for tourists. These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

 

1.Where is Sydney situated?

2. How many people live there?

3. How old is Sydney? Tell something about its history.

4. What can you see and do in Sydney?

 

These are the websites to help you with your internet research:

Group D: Famous sights of Australia

Subtopic: Sydney

 http://www.sydney-australia.biz/history/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Sydney

http://wikitravel.org/en/Sydney

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/maps/pacific/australia/new-south-wales/sydney/

http://www.australianexplorer.com/sydney_information.htm

http://www.professionaltravelguide.com/Destinations/Sydney/See-and-Do/Sightseeing

 

Subtopic: The Gold Coast

What a beautiful name for a coast!

We would like to hear more about it from YOU. It is your task to find out as much as you can about this coast.

These questions should guide you in your search for more details:

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