The mystery of Narrabeen Man

Step 1: Develop any questions

  • What happened to Narrabeen Man?
  • What do you know?
  • What do you need to know?

According to the Australian Curriculum: History Year 7 students are required to pose a key question such as: 'How were the pyramids at Giza built?' and understand that there may not be a definitive answer (ACHHS207). An overarching question has been provided for this inquiry: What happened to Narrabeen Man?

For Task 1, refer to Investigation kit: the mystery of Narrabeen Man (PDF, 731 KB)

A newspaper headline announcing that an ancient skeleton has been found at a Narrabeen bus stop. A 2005 Sydney newspaper headline
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What happened to Narrabeen Man? (Task 1)

Task 1 is designed to help students develop their own inquiry questions for the investigation and develop a word list to help them understand new terms and concepts that will be introduced.

  1. Developing inquiry questions
    • Ask students to look at the newspaper headline about the discovery of Narrabeen Man.
    • Give students a few minutes to think about and discuss the topic with a partner or in small groups.
    • Ask what they think the topic might be about and what they would like to find out.
    • Students can work in groups or pairs to brainstorm and write down key ideas, then regroup to summarise ideas as a whole class.
    • Use the question scaffold in Task 1 to help students develop their own inquiry questions to structure their investigation.
    • Go back to these inquiry questions at the end of the learning sequence to determine what students have learned from their investigation.
  2. Understanding and using new vocabulary
    • The 'General capabilities: literacy' in the Australian Curriculum is a cross-curriculum capability that requires students to develop word knowledge.
    • This element involves:
      • understanding and using new vocabulary, including learning area vocabulary, to compose and comprehend texts in different learning areas
      • developing strategies to spell a range of subject-specific words.
    • See The Australian Curriculum General Capabilities.
    • Use the scaffold in Task 1 to help students create a word list of new terms and concepts which they can refer to and add to throughout the learning sequence.

Example of a table of new terms
New words Meaning
BP 'Before present', term used by prehistorians to describe events that happened thousands or millions of years ago compared to today. You can also use the term 'years ago'.