Inquiry Unit – Bushrangers/Week 3

Bushranging – living off the land and being supported by or stealing from free settlers – was either chosen as a preferred way of life by escaped convicts or was a result of the lack of supplies in the early settlements. Australia’s bushranging period spanned nearly 100 years, from the first convict bushrangers active from 1790 to the 1860s, through the outlawed bushrangers of the 1860s and 1870s who were able to be shot on sight, to the shooting of the Kelly Gang in 1880.

While many bushrangers had populist reputations for being ‘Robin Hood’ figures; some bushrangers were brutal and others harassed the gold escorts and diggers returning from the goldfields. The popularity of bushrangers and their ethos of ‘fight before surrender’ was commemorated in bush songs and folklore.

You will need to ensure you work very hard and focus on achieving the tasks that are below.

Today you will work on your timeline, mind-map/seed, begin drafting your historical fiction piece of writing and reflect on your new learning about Australian bushrangers.

TIMELINE

All groups started their timeline last week (some groups have finished). Remember we used Microsoft Word to make our timeline and we should have some pictures on our timelines to add to the presentation. Use the information that was written down in your books and ensure all of your events are in order. You may print a coloured copy of you’ve included pics.

MIND-MAP/SEED

Both group members will need to do their own mind-map. However you will need to research together and share ideas with each other. Use a A3 piece of paper for your draft mind-map.

Your mind-map/seed will based on your inquiry question and should include the following information:

  • What was a bushranger?
  • Why did bushrangers exist?
  • What type of crimes did bushrangers commit?
  • How did bushrangers affect Australia?
  • What were the punishments for being a bushranger?
  • Who were the most popular bushrangers?

Below are some links that may assist you in finding some information on bushrangers for your mind-map/seed.

http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/early-austn-bushrangers

http://www.nma.gov.au/exhibitions/irish_in_australia/bushrangers

http://www.australianhistory.org/bushrangers

http://www.wilmap.com.au/bushrangers.html

http://www.nedkellys.com.au/neds_history.html

http://www.dinkumaussies.com/BUSHRANGERS%2FNed%20Kelly.htm

HISTORICAL FICTION PIECE OF WRITING

A historical fiction piece of writing is a narrative story that is based on real life events. Today you begin to draft a historical fiction piece of writing, which may require you to research further into bushrangers.

Your piece of writing must be written with lots of powerful language, reflect the era of bushrangers and will be written from a bushrangers perspective like an open-minded portrait. Your piece of writing may end with some suspense and does not need to have a specific ending.

You may base your writing on an event listed below, or you could find your own historical event involving a bushranger to base your writing on.

  • The Kelly Gang > Stringy Bark Creek Murders
  • The Kelly Gang > Glenrowan shootout
  • A bushranger on the goldfields
  • A bushranger on the run

REFLECTION

On the post you need to leave a comment before you get your lunch. Your comment must include the following:

  • Two things you have learnt about bushrangers today.
  • What is your goal for next week?

21 thoughts on “Inquiry Unit – Bushrangers/Week 3

  1. 1)We learnt that bushrangers ate wild rabbits and native animals such as duck,pigeons and kangaroos.

    2)Another thing we learnt that when bushrangers were on the run it was hard to stop and cook food.

    Goal: To finish timeline because it was hard to fit everything in with out it getting squashed together.

  2. I learnt that the kellygang was shot in 1880 in the leg.
    i learmt that australian buh rangers has had alot of ideas.

  3. I learnt that the kelly Gang was shot in 1880 in the leg.
    I learmt that australian buh rangers has had alot of ideas.
    next weeks goal is to finish our mind maps off.

  4. Brielle
    I learnt that Ned Kelly died at the age of 25. The punishments were the cat of 9 tails which was a whip with 9 bits of leather strings and getting hanged and shot.

    Stephanie
    I learnt that Ned Kelly died at the age of 25. The punishments were the cat of 9 tails which was a whip with 9 bits of leather strings, getting hanged and shot.
    There were over 2000 bushrangers in the Australian bush.

    Our goal for next week is to finish our good copy of our mind map.

  5. What has Amy learnt about bushrangers today?

    That one of the most common punishment for a bushranger is to get whipped with the cat of 9 tails or get hanged.

    What has Steph learnt about bushrangers today?

    There were more then 2000 bushrangers in Australia.

    Our goal for next week is:
    To complete our Historical fiction writing and publish Stephanie’s mind map.

  6. Amy learnt that the most common punishment for bushrangers is the cat of nine tails or getting hanged.

    Steph learnt that there were more then 2000 bushrangers in Australia.

    Our goal for next week is to publish our mind maps and finish our historical fiction writing .

  7. We learnt that bushrangers affected Australia by making the people frightened and lived in fear. We also learnt that bushrangers were escaped convicts who had to keep moving.

  8. Chelsea learnt that the reward for Ned Kelly’s capture was £8,000 ($400,000)

    Loui learnt that Ned Kelly saved an 11 year old from drowning and a 14 year old from being shot

    Our goal for next week is to complete our mind maps

  9. We learnt that the bushrangers escaped the police on horses. We also learnt that the bushrangers ate wild animals like the kangaroo the wombats and lots more.

  10. Natasha learnt: that Ned Kelly has a younger brother named Dan Kelly.
    Nyalim learnt: That Ned Kelly had seven siblings and one of then was in his Kelly Gang named Dan Kelly.
    Our goal for next week is to draft mind map and our good copy of our mind map.

  11. Travis: I learnt that Ned Kelly died at the age of twenty six,
    Josh I learnt that Ned Kelly was a convict because he stall 2 pigs.

    We want to finish our historical history draft

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