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Anzac legend (or Anzac myth, as it is often called) is hotly contested in academic circles, but still presented largely as fact in the public domain. This resource set questions legend retold every year and evaluates different perspectives on the qualities of Anzacs and the role of Anzac history in forming Australian national identity. The first lesson focuses on understanding the legend as it exists today, while the subsequent lessons address the following questions:
a) To what extent do the qualities associated with the Anzacs and Anzac legend have their origins in the trenches of World War I?
b) Did the experiences of the Anzacs at Gallipoli and elsewhere forge the national identity in a way that Federation didn’t?
Resources include extensive sources (including a complete 2-page source sheet on Anzac qualities), source analysis worksheets, writing and arguing exercises as well as detailed lesson plans with additional ideas. Intended to take approximately three 60-minute lessons, this set has all you need to get the job done.