Jackie French, popular children’s author, Australian Children’s Laureate and 2015 Australian Senior of the Year, has joined with the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka (M.A.D.E) to engage a new generation of students with reading and the history of the Eureka Stockade.
French’s novel ‘The Night They Stormed Eureka’ which won the 2010 Young People’s History Prize in the NSW Premier’s History Awards, has formed the basis for the creation of a fresh, new learning and teaching resource developed by M.A.D.E.
Discussing the new resource Jackie French has said “Did we lose Eureka? Or did we win, even though the stockade fell? Was Eureka just a ten minute fumble, or far more? Every time you peer into history you find something new, as well as understanding who we are.”
Strongly aligned with the requirements of Level 5 of the Australian Curriculum for History and English, the package consists of ready-to-use classroom worksheets, a PowerPoint presentation and several video clips featuring author Jackie French talking about her book.
It explores descriptive writing, grammar and sentence structure and also reveals Jackie French’s experiences at uncovering the history behind 1850s Ballarat and the significant events that took place there.
‘The Night They Stormed Eureka’ curriculum resource was created with the support of the Victorian Department of Education via their Strategic Partnerships Program.
M.A.D.E is one of Australia’s newest museums and is dedicated to democracy. M.A.D.E commemorates the role of the Eureka Stockade in shaping our nation and offers an opportunity for all to stand on the site where young people stood up for their rights, and to contemplate our future roles and directions.
It is located on the site of the historic 1854 Eureka Stockade uprising in Ballarat. M.A.D.E explores both the evolution of democracy and how it has shaped cultures and countries around the world and also looks to its future. Using art installations and immersive, interactive content M.A.D.E gets people to contemplate what contemporary democracy means to them today.
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