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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify the origin and purpose of primary and secondary sources (ACHHS152)

Elaborations
  • explaining how clues within a source can be used to identify where it was made or who it was made by (for example, the place where it was found, the materials used, the condition of the object, decorative features)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Historical sources,  Composers (Texts)

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Zhou Daguan's account of Medieval Angkor

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Andy Griffiths on writing songs and stories

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What's in a name? Book title dilemmas

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Sculpting ideas into stories with Andy Griffiths

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Andy Griffiths' tips for starting your story

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Story development and plot holes with Andy Griffiths

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Tom Keneally on belonging

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Michael Gow on dealing with loss

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The seeds of independence in British-ruled India

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