The Australian Conscription Debates Lesson


Learning objectives

In this lesson, students will gain an understanding of the debates about conscription in Australia during World War One. They will develop an awareness of the first and second referenda on conscription, including the role of prime minister Billy Hughes, the division within the Labor Party over this issue and identifying the groups who opposed conscription, such as trade unionists and Irish Catholics such as Archbishop Daniel Mannix, and the grounds for their objections. Students will have the opportunity to achieve this through choosing their own method of learning, from reading, source analysis, and research options, as well as the chance to engage in extension activities. This lesson includes a self-marking quiz for students to demonstrate their learning.

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Option 1: Reading

Step 1: Download a copy of the reading questions worksheet:

Conscription Reading Questions.docx
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Step 2: Answer the set questions by reading the webpages below:

Option 2: Using sources

Step 1: Download a copy of the source analysis worksheet below:

Conscription Source Analysis.docx
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Step 2: Answer the set questions by using the following sources:

Option 3: Internet research

Download a copy of the research worksheet and use the internet to complete the questions.

Conscription Research Worksheet.docx
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Extension activities

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