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 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.
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.
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
||'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'.