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History / Year 8 / Historical Skills / Explanation and communication

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Curriculum content descriptions

Use a range of communication forms (oral, graphic, written) and digital technologies (ACHHS157)

Elaborations
  • creating an oral presentation, supported by audiovisual material, to recount the life of Temujin (Genghis Khan) and to explain his contribution to the Mongol world
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • ICT capability Information and Communication Technology (ICT) capability
ScOT terms

Oral presentations,  Creating texts,  Report writing

Assessment

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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Living without alcohol

Do you think Australian society is partly defined by its attitude to alcohol consumption? 'High Sobriety' tells the story of journalist Jill Stark's experiences after her decision to stop drinking. Watch First Tuesday Book Club panellists discuss aspects of this account of sobriety and the effect it's had on them.

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The fall of Singapore, February 1942

Experience the shock and despair of Australian soldiers on the island of Singapore in February 1942, as Japanese forces invade what was held to be Britain's 'island fortress'. This video follows events from 8 February, when many thousands of Japanese launched attacks from the tip of Malaya, up to 15 February when the British ...

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Is writing a play different from writing a novel?

Have you ever thought about what it is like to be a professional writer? What different writing skills would you need to be a playwright or a novelist for example? Listen as novelist Chika Unigwe and playwright Bryony Lavery talk about the differences between writing novels and plays.

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Inspirational Teens

Have you ever made a big contribution to your local community? Heywire is a national competition that assists young people to make a difference in rural communities. Bridie Johnstone from Woodend, Victoria, was a finalist of the 2012 Heywire storytelling competition for young people. Listen to how she is using music to ...

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Credibility and the news

Have you ever heard the phrase, 'Don't believe everything you hear'? Well, it's true of things you see, too. Television news programs work hard to make their stories credible - this means that they appear honest and believable. In this clip, explore how credibility can be established and manipulated.

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Expeditions return home from 'New Holland'

Discover what happens when the expeditions of Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin return home. Both explorers brought back detailed maps and specimens, including live kangaroos and emus, from 'New Holland'. How will each explorer be celebrated and remembered? Watch this clip to find out.

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Where does honey come from?

Discover where honey comes from. Learn how and why honey is made and how we get different types of honey. See what daily life is like in a bee colony.

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Surfies, clubbies and a changing way of life

What effect did the rise of surfboard riding and its accompanying surf culture have on surf lifesaving? In the early 1960s, surf lifesaving was regarded as a model of the values that underpin the Australian way of life. This clip from 1964 explores the collision between the new surf culture and the traditions of the surf ...

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The Great Gatsby

How do authors develop their characters? In 'The Great Gatsby', F Scott Fitzgerald creates characters through others' impressions of them rather than by creating an inner, or 'interior', world of thoughts for them. We never really get to know Gatsby except by how others see him. Find out what the First Tuesday Book Club ...

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Using closed captions (TV text) to understand TV

It's difficult to understand what's going on in a TV program when we can't hear all or any of what is being said. Discover how closed captioning (text that you can turn on if you want to) can help.

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Outback House - bush Christmas

Imagine leaving your home to travel back to a time over 150 years ago, to live and work on an outback farm. Sixteen Australians take part in a reality TV show about life on Oxley Downs, a sheep station built to look and work like a real station of the 1860s. Join the Allcorn family and their workers as they celebrate Christmas ...

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Living in the outback, coping with boarding school

For Timmy Watson, living in a remote community in the Northern Territory is as good as it gets. But there's one drawback: the need to go to boarding school during the final years of secondary school. Find out more in Timmy's Heywire audio story. Could you write or record a story about yourself and/or your community? The ...

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Clause for concern in closing the gap

Clever speakers do more than just use well-known persuasive techniques such as rhetorical questions and emotive language. They shape the very structure of their sentences to focus the audience's attention on the ideas in particular clauses. It is a subtle but powerful technique to manipulate listeners. This clip is last ...

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Confabulating on 'Cold Comfort Farm'

Join in the debate about whether the 1932 novel 'Cold Comfort Farm' by Stella Gibbons should be considered a classic. The novel follows Flora Poste, a young woman who moves in with her country relatives in a village called Howling. It parodies other novels that represented rural life as woeful, and is filled with delightfully ...

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Dirty tricks in 1066

How was William of Normandy able to defeat the Saxon army of Harold Godwinson in 1066 and become the king of England? The Norman's victory at Hastings marked the beginning of their complete conquest of England over the following few years. Discover the tactics of both sides in the Battle of Hastings. This clip is the second ...

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Alice Pung's writing practice

Do writers write every day? Author Alice Pung does. In this clip Alice describes her writing practice. Why does she use a cheap notebook for capturing ideas? What sort of writing does she do to get the creativity flowing? Give Alice's techniques a try and see whether they work for you!

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Lt William Dawes refuses to kill

Imagine how you would react if you were a soldier ordered to commit an atrocity. Would you obey your orders or, risking severe punishment, obey your conscience? In this re-enactment discover how three senior officers dealt with such an issue in 1790 when Governor Arthur Phillip ordered the killing of Aboriginal men as a ...

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A welcome change in attitudes

Texts can reveal the values, attitudes and beliefs of the speaker. Consider this as you explore Prime Minister Tony Abbott's 2014 'Closing the Gap' speech. This annual speech is an important opportunity for the Prime Minister to direct the government's attention to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs. This clip ...

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Persuading a 'generous, open-hearted people'

The terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the USA reverberated throughout the world. As far away as Australia, they shaped national policies and the rhetoric used to promote them. Explore the influence of these events on the 2001 Liberal Party policy launch, delivered by former Prime Minister John Howard.