Understanding migration experiences: Introduction

Key learning area: Studies of Society and Environment

Year level: Middle Secondary

Curriculum links

Links to the Australian Curriculum

Lesson duration: 5 hours (4 lessons)

Unit topic: Multicultural stories

Lesson topic: Understanding migration experiences

Lesson's overall aim

Students will undertake a study of migrant stories as they explore multicultural Australia. They will identify the reason/s why people left their homelands, explore the social, cultural, economic and/or political contribution/s migrants have made to Australia and abroad and consider the possible motivations for those contributions. Students will then consider these contributions and motivations in light of the history of Australia’s immigration and multicultural policies.

Intended student learning objectives/outcomes


  • Examine the development of multiculturalism in Australia.
  • Explore ways in which government policies on immigration have changed over time.


  • Research
  • Hypothesising
  • Evaluation


  • Doing your best
  • Fair go
  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Understanding, tolerance and inclusion


Note to teachers

Access to digital content is through The National Digital Learning Resources Network via the digital resources portals for each jurisdiction.

Please be aware that the digital resources may contain references to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have passed away. This may cause distress to some Indigenous students.

Introduction | Activity One | Activity Two | Activity Three

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