Kelly Gang comic writing workshop – secondary

Secondary students analyse and question historical sources as they retell an incident in the life of the Kelly Gang in comic book form.

Ned Kelly by Pierre Lloga
60 minutes
Year level
Year: 9–10
$130 per group (up to 25 students)
25 students

New in 2017

In 2017 we'll be running a new Ned Kelly workshop and tour package. The 90-minute program will combine elements of the Kelly Gang comics workshop and the Life and times of Ned Kelly tour. The fee will be $150 per group (up to 25 students), with a program capacity of up to 100 students (four groups). For more details, call our education team on 03 8664 7555.

Secondary students put history to the test in this creative workshop, analysing and questioning historical sources as they retell an incident in the life of the Kelly Gang.

In their own words, and using the Comic Life app, students gather evidence for their historical narrative by looking at a range of sources.

Students also gain an understanding of the Library's role in collecting historic artefacts, and experience first-hand our heritage building's unique architecture and legacy.

Student experience

Students will:

  • learn how to create their own comic using the Comic Life app
  • write a historical narrative using digital storytelling techniques
  • question historical sources that inform their opinion of Ned Kelly
  • be inspired by the domed La Trobe Reading Room from the gallery level

Curriculum information

This program links strongly to the Victorian Curriculum, history and critical & creative thinking capabilities, and is relevant to Years 9–10.

Skills development

This program assists students to:

  • sequence significant events to create a narrative using a digital format
  • identify the origin, content features and purpose of historical sources
  • explain the significance of an event and an individual that influenced change
  • examine how different kinds of questions can be used to identify and clarify information, ideas and possibilities
  • explain different historical interpretations and contested debates about the past

Embark on a journey of discovery at the State Library

Held in the inspiring heritage setting of Australia's oldest public library, our school excursions offer students a uniquely immersive, enriching experience, encouraging return visits and life-long learning. The Library has provided free access to information and education since 1856, and we invite students to become part of history as they tour the breathtaking dome and view our historic collections. All tours and workshops are developed by experienced teachers, aligned to the Victorian Curriculum and facilitated by expert staff.