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Lest We Forget

How can we honour and remember the sacrifices made during WWI?

WWI had a profound impact on Australia and played an important role in shaping the country in its early years. Though students might not realise it, those that served in the war were therefore crucial in helping to create the Australia that we know and love.  


Across the unit students, will explore how WWI started, how Australia (and Australians) got involved, and what the war was really like for those who served on the front line and for those left at home. 


Using what they have learned, students must identify a story from the Great War that more people should know about. They must tell this story and help more people of their generation remember the sacrifices that a past generation made. 


Key tasks

  • Immersion in WWI. Amongst other things, students will create a propaganda enlistment poster, reimagine a WWI battle to secure victory for the Allies without a huge human cost, write a letter home from the trenches, and re-negotiate the Treaty of Versailles to forestall the onset of WWI 

  • Create a WWI memorial. Students must create a memorial which commemorates Australia’s involvement in WWI. The memorial must focus on one aspect of the war or a change the war caused in Australian society. As part of the memorial, students must tell a story about that aspect of the war through the eyes of someone who experienced it firsthand ​

Key facts:

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Curriculum information

History – Making the Modern World - World War I

ACDSEH021, 095-097 | VCHHK139-144 | HT 5-1, 5-2, 5-4, 5-5, 5-7, 5-9, 5-10



15 - 20 lessons

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