In ‘The Great Wall of China’ students develop knowledge of how and why the Great Wall was constructed and its impact on China in the 21st century. Students will use a range of primary and secondary sources to investigate its long history.
In ‘The Great Wall of China’ students will create an A-Z multimedia presentation using the information obtained during the research component. The unit provides opportunities for students to demonstrate achievement against the standards of: Humanities (History and Geography); Information and Communication Technology; Thinking; English; Personal Learning and Communication.




Discipline-based learning
English

Reading
· compose comprehend and respond to an expanding range of texts in print, audiovisual and electronic forms that contain increasingly unfamiliar concepts, themes, information and issues about the Great Wall of China.

Writing
· become more systematic in the use of strategies for writing (including note-taking, planning, editing and proofreading) and make decisions about appropriate structures and features of language in texts for different purposes and audiences
· speaking and listening
· participate in oral interactions for different purposes, including informing
· listen and practise identifying the main idea and supporting details of spoken texts and summarising them for others.

Humanities – History
· develop an understanding of the history of the Great Wall of China and its importance to the Chinese community living in Australia
· apply their understanding of culture by investigating the history of China
· investigate the Emperors of China and learn about daily life, religious traditions, customs and governance through the ages
· use a range of written, visual, oral and electronic sources to study the past
· research questions and plan their own enquiries using historical language and concepts, such as time, sequence, chronology, continuity, change, culture and tradition
· learn to develop explanations in a range of forms, such as timelines, oral presentations, posters, multimedia presentations, reports and narratives that will demonstrate their understanding of the rich history of China.

Humanities – Geography
· develop mapping skills and use conventional geographic language, alphanumeric grid references and legends to locate China and places within China
· begin to identify features on maps and satellite images and use maps of different scales to locate places.

Interdisciplinary Learning
Thinking
· make observations and pose questions about people and events beyond their experiences, demonstrating an understanding of the complex history of the Great Wall from inception to today
· use these questions as a basis to carry out investigations, independently and with others
· develop strategies to find suitable sources of information about the Great Wall and learn to distinguish between fact and opinion
· increase their repertoire of thinking strategies for gathering and processing information
· practise transferring their knowledge to new contexts
· carry out an investigation with a group.


Information and Communication Technology
Communication
· develop their skills in organising ideas and information logically and clearly to suit their purpose and the needs of the audience.