Inquiry-week 3 The Gold Rush

This week you are expected to complete the following-:

Synthesising wheel website


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.
But ask first and I shall print it from my computer.

Create a timeline
1.On the Insert tab, in the Illustrations group, click SmartArt.

2.In the Choose a SmartArt Graphic gallery, click Process, and then double-click a timeline layout (such as Basic Timeline).
3.To enter your text, do one of the following:
Click [Text] in the Text pane, and then type your text.
Copy text from another location or program, click [Text] in the Text pane, and then paste your text.

Note If the Text pane is not visible, click the control.


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 gold rush?
When did the gold rush start and end in Australia?
What type of citizens came looking for their fortune?
How did the gold rush affect Australia?
What impact did the gold rush have on immigration in Australia?
Who were the most popular ways to look for gold?
Were there any special requirements/laws the gold miners had to obey and who enforced these?
Describe how the miners lived.
Were there any famous miners or large amounts of gold found? Describe them.
On last weeks blog post are many links that could help you answer these questions.


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 life on the goldfields. You need to all complete this individually but can use some of the research found together with your partner to complete this task.

Your piece of writing must be written with lots of powerful language, reflect the era of the gold rush and will be written from a miners, or Wife’s, or Chinese workers, 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 actual event from the gold fields or on an actual miner, but be sure to put into your own words.


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