History / Year 9 / Historical Skills / Analysis and use of sources

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Curriculum content descriptions

Evaluate the reliability and usefulness of primary and secondary sources (ACHHS171)

Elaborations
  • understanding that the reliability and usefulness of a source depends on the questions asked of it (for example, an account may be one-sided; however, it may still be useful in revealing past prevailing attitudes)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Historical sources,  Reliability

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Founders and survivors storylines: lifelines

This is a rich, multilayered resource about convicts transported to Van Diemen's Land. It is organised in 21 sections about male, female and/or child convicts, their families and descendants. Generally each section contains: a 'Songline' (a song about the convicts); a 'Landline' (maps of places in the peoples' stories); ...

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Moments in Time

Moments in Time is an interactive timeline presenting key events that occurred around the world between 650 and 1918 CE. This innovative digital resource enables you to see what was happening, in different locations around the world, at any moment in time – simply scroll the timeline to travel through time and explore when ...

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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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History skills

This is a collection of digital resources that contains teacher support and student learning resources designed to support the development of historical inquiry skills for year 9 and 10 students. The student resources consist of a series of expert videos and a step-by-step guide to creating a digital history. The expert ...

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Wedding cake survives World War I

When studying history, how useful are primary sources? For example, we may know from secondary sources how valued personal effects and mementos were to soldiers fighting in trenches overseas during World War I. What is the effect of having something like this wedding cake, a primary source, to validate this proposition?

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Research and adopt a veteran

This resource guides teachers through the process of researching the historical records of a Australian First World War veteran. School communities are encouraged to 'adopt' a local veteran. Part of the Bringing communities together series in response to the NSW State ANZAC Centenary.

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Chinese Anzacs

This is a website about the experiences of Chinese-Australian soldiers in World War I. It includes: historical facts; a collection of 12 story objects that tell the stories of individuals, events and artefacts; and a Chinese Anzacs Education kit. The kit is comprehensive. The learning activities are presented in five parts, ...

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Gallipoli: The First Day

Experience the events of the first day of the Gallipoli Campaign. Watch dramatic recreations of key moments in the battle of the first day. View 3D models of hardware, listen to diaries and view profiles of ANZAC and Turkish soldiers. Listen as expert commentators discuss the events of the first day in detail, and how the ...

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Invictus Games Sydney 2018 – HSIE/English Stage 5 – Veteran wellbeing

This Stage 5 HSIE/English resource examines Australia’s roles in war, including their involvement in WWI and WWII and highlights Australia’s role in the global context during the twentieth century. Students will examine the historical context of the wars and the perceptions that existed during the twentieth century regarding ...

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The photographer and the painter

This is a resource about three representations of Bourke Street in 19th-century Melbourne: an 1878 photograph by Charles Nettleton; the painting 'Allegro con brio: Bourke Street west', c1886, by artist Tom Roberts; and a pair of aerial street maps of inner Melbourne from 1838 and 1888. The resource revolves around a video ...

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Gallipoli: The First Day - app for Android

Experience the events of the first day of the Gallipoli Campaign. Watch dramatic recreations of key moments in the battle of the first day. View 3D models of hardware, listen to diaries and view profiles of ANZAC and Turkish soldiers. Listen as expert commentators discuss the events of the first day in detail, and how the ...

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Gallipoli: The First Day - app for iPad

Experience the events of the first day of the Gallipoli Campaign. Watch dramatic recreations of key moments in the battle of the first day. View 3D models of hardware, listen to diaries and view profiles of ANZAC and Turkish soldiers. Listen as expert commentators discuss the events of the first day in detail, and how the ...

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Archaeological evidence of Chinese miners

See the rugged outback around a small Northern Territory town and hear about the people who travelled from Asia to work there. In this clip from a 1981 episode of A Big Country, journalist Chris Masters visits Pine Creek's historic goldfields and encounters traces of Chinese goldminers who worked on the remote northern ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Making a nation - unit of work

This is an extended unit of work about how people decide to form a federation, how a federated nation works, how federations can break apart and whether Australia should become a republic. It comes from the 'Discovering democracy' series of units and contains several case studies from Australian and United States history ...

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Tour of NSW Government House

This resource is a YouTube playlist containing a series of videos taken as a group of senior high school students are given a guided tour of NSW Government House in 2010. The tour covers primary sources such as architecture, furniture and images significant to the history of Australia and NSW.

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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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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 ...

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Eureka stories

This is a website about the Eureka Stockade uprising and trials of 1854 to 1855. It uses primary and secondary source materials to explore some of the causes and actions that fueled the uprising. The resource is presented in three sections: Introductory information; Story Objects; and Story Education Resources. There are ...

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Off to war: Australia answers the call

This is a Stage 5 resource that looks at the reasons for World War I, the reaction in Australia and the messages promoted by enlistment posters. The resource will support the introduction of the new syllabus and will dovetail with the Anzac Centenary commemorative events and publications.