Georgiana McCrae left a life of wealth and privilege in England when she migrated with her husband who was tasked with establishing the new colony in Australia. On arrival in Australia, Georgiana faced a harsh existence in very basic conditions but she was determined to bring a sense of class and social order to the new colony despite it being dominated by men. One way she did this was by painting the landscape and people. In this resource, Georgiana McCrae visits Miss Townsend’s class to share her story.
Miss Townsend isn’t your average teacher. She ensures her students are totally engaged in her lessons by transporting famous Australians to her classroom for the students to interview and learn from. Georgiana is one of these special visitors and your students will be as engaged as Miss Townsend’s class by her story.
The five activities included in this pack are:
- Georgiana McCrae’s visit with Miss Townsend’s class – Text
- Comprehension Flip Book
- Adjective foldable activity
- Vocabulary Vase
- A letter home writing activity
- Bonus: Georgiana McCrae Mini-unit title page
Australian Curriculum Links
This lesson and its activities have been created to help you meet the Australian Curriculum achievement standard outcome for Year 5 requiring that students “The nature of convict or colonial presence, including the factors that influenced patterns of development, aspects of the daily life of the inhabitants (including Aboriginal Peoples and Torres Strait Islander Peoples)”. (ACARA 2017) Content descriptor ACHASSK107 requires that students investigate colonial life to discover what it was like for inhabitants including the lives of women, children and small communities. Georgiana’s story is a great way for students to explore and discuss this topic.