History / Year 8 / Historical Skills / Historical questions and research

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify a range of questions about the past to inform a historical inquiry (ACHHS150)

Elaborations
  • experimenting with different words/phrases/historical concepts, when drafting a question, to develop a research focus
  • posing a key question such as: ‘Why did Easter Island (Rapa Nui) society decline?’ and identifying related questions to inform the inquiry (for example, ‘What evidence is there?’ ‘What theories have been developed?’)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Historical inquiry,  Research questions

Interactive Resource

Syllabus Bites: Explore a source

This resource is a webpage with information, study guide and resources on the process of analysing and evaluating historical sources to support Stage 3, 4 and 5 HSIE and the Australian Curriculum: History.

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The end of Japan's isolation

Under the shoguns, Japan was deliberately isolated from the outside world from around 1600 CE. However, by the mid-19th century, Western imperialism was entering a new phase of expansion that no Asian state was able to resist. Discover what happened when the West came beating on the doors of a closed society. This clip ...

Teacher resource

Angkor Wat bas relief carvings

This is an online module consisting of teacher notes, three stimulus resources and student activities that explore images of life during the ancient Khmer Empire, including its dancers, using bas reliefs found on the walls of the temples of Angkor. The teacher notes provide background information about the ancient Khmer ...

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Exploring Angkor with Zhou Daguan

Angkor, located in northwest Cambodia, was one of the world’s most impressive cities in the years between 900 and 1431 CE. With its elaborate temples, canals, dependable agriculture and powerful military, Angkor supported three quarters of a million people, making it the most populous pre-industralised city in the world. ...

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Vikings: the north Atlantic saga - online exhibition

This is an online exhibition rich in historical information, animations and source material about the Vikings in general and their westward expansion in particular. The exhibition, developed by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, contains three elements, two intended for students and one for teachers. ...

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Defining moments in Australian History

This extensive web-based resource examines events, people and places of profound significance to the Australian people and their personal, community and national histories. The resource includes a list of 100 'defining moments' identified by historians supported by background information, images, video and links to the ...

Teacher resource

Forgotten heroes

This resource (an ‘education pack’) is a 29-page PDF about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who joined the Australian Armed Services during times of war. The education pack is introduced by background notes, and is organised in three main sections: Early Years; Primary Years; and Middle Years. Each section ...

Teacher resource

Teaching history

This resource provides comprehensive information on good teaching practice in History education. It is suitable for pre-service teachers or experienced educators new to the discipline of History. It introduces the structure and requirements of the Australian History curriculum and includes film clip interviews with leaders ...

Teacher resource

First Australians: telling our Indigenous stories

In this unit of work students are asked to consider how the National Museum of Australia’s First Australians gallery presents Indigenous cultures and history. The unit includes a number of activities that help students explore the stories and experiences of Australia’s Indigenous peoples.

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Australian Disaster Resilience Knowledge Hub: Australian disasters

This is a curated collection of articles, photographs and internet links related to natural, technological and human-caused events including bushfires, cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes, shipwrecks, urban fires, chemical and industrial events in Australia. Events included have posed a serious threat to a community or property ...

Teacher resource

A person in time

This downloadable zip file is part of the Adobe digital school collection of resources. It contains a PDF lesson plan on researching a person in time, as well as several folders containing technical guides for Adobe Photoshop Elements, digital photography guides and technical guides for Adobe Premiere Elements and Acrobat ...

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Japan's shoguns keep everyone in their places

What was the status of each social class in shogunate Japan? During the period from around 1600 to 1868, Japan was a feudal society. As in medieval Europe, each group had its place in a strict social order. Watch this clip to discover the roles of each group during the age when the Tokugawa shoguns ruled the country. This ...

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Syllabus Bites: The Polynesian expansion

This resource is a webpage with information, study guide and resources on Polynesian and Maori history.

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The spread of people to Australia

This is multilayered resource about the theories and evidence of how modern human beings reached Australia. It includes five sections: Origins of the first Australians; The Asian connection; Gateways into a new continent; The first Australians; and Important sites that hold archaeological evidence. The Related links section ...

Teacher resource

Voyage to the Pacific

This is a unit of work about the origin and spread of the peoples of the Pacific Island countries. Intended for years 7 and 8, the resource consists of four single- or multi-lesson activities, titled Pacific Islander people, Evidence of voyages, Alternative views, and Valuing knowledge. Student activities include mapping; ...

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Defeat of the Inca Empire Conquistador

Imagine a thriving society: food is abundant, roads connect cities replete with gold and silver, and large and powerful armies protect the rulers of millions of citizens. In this clip from the 1985 documentary 'Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon', reporter Jack Pizzey considers how such a successful society was subdued ...

Video

Charles Perkins: Institutions, 1999

In this video clip, Charles Perkins recounts the experiences that fuelled his great anger against white injustice and his determination to fight for Aboriginal rights. 'Charles Perkins: Institutions' is an excerpt from the program 'Charles Perkins' (26 min), an episode of 'Australian Biography Series 7' (7 x 26 min), produced ...

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Farming genius: the real wealth of the Inca

Discover the remarkable world of the Inca. Before Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 16th century, the Inca Empire was the largest in the Americas. In this clip from the 1985 documentary 'Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon', ABC reporter Jack Pizzey investigates the agricultural practices of the ancient Inca. He discusses ...

Assessment resource

Year 8 history assessment - Medieval eclipse

This is an assessment package that uses the Year 8 Australian Curriculum history achievement standard to gather evidence about how well students have demonstrated what they know, what they understand and what they can do for the depth study 'The Western and Islamic World: Medieval Europe' (c.590–c.1500). Students use researched ...

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How do we know about the Vikings?

This resource is about the Viking people and how we know about them. It describes all the known sources for the Vikings including physical evidence such as runestones and coins, and written evidence such as sagas, skaldic verses, monastic chronicles and letters. Place-names, language and DNA analysis are other sources of ...