Contestability of the past

A Year 11 learning sequence and assessment task, where students investigate problems relating to the contestability of the past, focusing on sources available to historians studying the the sinking of the Lusitania.

Students are contesting who was responsible for the sinking of the Lusitania and the deaths and injuries to all on board. The historical concepts and skills content is to be integrated as appropriate.

Focus questions

  • Who was to blame for the sinking of the Lusitania?
  • Were the Germans right in sinking the Lusitania?
  • How have primary and secondary sources assisted our understanding of the Lusitania?
  • How did perspectives change when looking at the sinking of the Lusitania?


Student assessment task to examine primary and secondary sources and then structure an extended response.


Please note:

Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Modern History Extension Stage 6 Syllabus (2017) © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2017

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