IDU Relationships in Time and Space

This IDU will integrate Individuals and Societies and Language and Literature. The purpose of the IDU is for students to synthesise historical research and source analysis to develop their creativity through the processes of writing historical fiction.


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Key Concept

Creativity - Language and Literature
Perspective - What is your character?
Time, place and space - What era are you writing in? What was society like? Where is your story placed?


Related Concepts

Perspective - Who's viewpoint are you writing from?



Global Context

Orientation in time and space - To understand where the fiction takes place (space), what the locations mean to the characters (place) and how the sequence of cause and effect (time) in the historical setting informs the story.



Statement of Inquiry

Creatively exploring setting and perspective changes understandings of time, place and space. This can augment or distort “historical truth”.




Inquiry Questions


Factual Questions: Remembering facts and topics  Conceptual Questions: Analysing big ideasDebatable Questions: Evaluating perspectives and developing theories 
  • What relevant historical events occurred before, during and as a consequence of the period investigated?

  • How did different people live during the period of study?

  • What world views did people have during the period of study?

  • What is imagery and how does it enhance descriptive writing?

  • How can the structure of writing evoke emotion in the reader?

  • How do we develop characterisation?

  • What are the conventions of the historical fiction genre?
  •  How did people perceive the places they inhabited?
  • How do we share experiences of the past?

  •  How far can we really understand what it was like to live in another age and place?
  • Should fact and fiction be blurred?
  • What is truth in history?