The Australian Stolen Generations - Crack the Code Source Analysis is a mini escape room activity designed to teach students about the Stolen Generations while developing source analysis skills.
This activity requires students to work in teams to examine a collection of sources and answer a series of questions regarding the date of publication, whether the sources are primary or secondary, and the content of the sources.
This resources comes with a set of 8 sources with a context and answer card, and a PowerPoint containing the challenge questions and points for discussion. If you wish to use actual 3 or 6 code locks you can, otherwise, you could simply require students to submit their answer card with the correct code.
This resource can be used in conjunction with other work on this topic.
How to use this resource
Divide students into groups and provide them with a copy of the sources, context card, and answer card. After providing students with the opportunity to read the sources, work your way through the PowerPoint and complete the discussion activities. Once students have created their four digit code, each group can try and crack into the locked box or safe. But what will they find inside?
ACARA Year 10 history performance standards
ACDSEH104: Background to the struggle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples for rights and freedoms before 1965, including the 1938 Day of Mourning and the Stolen Generations.
ACHHS183: Use historical terms and concepts.
ACHHS187: Identify the origin, purpose and context of primary and secondary sources.
ACHHS189: Evaluate the reliability and usefulness of primary and secondary sources.
ACHHS191: Identify and analyse different historical interpretations (including their own).