When we ask students to suppose something about events in history, we engage them in conjecture - theory-building, wondering and considering possibilities. These are challenges that call for the imagination envisioned by the Australian National Curriculum.
- Why do you suppose so many people in Britain signed contracts as indentured servants to work in Australia and America?
- Why do you suppose so many people in Britain were able to go to church, believe in the Bible but also support the slavery system?
- Why do you suppose people like Matthew Flinders and Robert Bligh chose to spend so much of their lives exploring the uncharted regions of the world?
- Why do you suppose some historians twist the truth?
Work with your partner to make a list of 5-6 "Why do you suppose?" questions like those above that would go well with the content focus of the Australian National Curriculum.