History / Year 7 / Historical Skills / Analysis and use of sources

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify the origin and purpose of primary and secondary sources (ACHHS209)

Elaborations
  • responding to questions about photographs, artefacts, stories, buildings and other sources to explain the past such as: ‘Who wrote/produced this?’ ‘When?’ ‘Why?’ ‘What does it show about the past?’
  • discussing the difficulties in identifying the origin and purpose of some sources (for example, the Kimberley Bradshaw paintings)
  • differentiating between primary sources (those from the time of the event/person/site being investigated) and secondary sources (those that represent later interpretations)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Historical sources,  Composers (Texts)

Teacher resource

Ancient Roman empire

This is a collection of digital resources including image galleries, short videos and computer-generated re-creations for year 7 history. It has been designed specifically for depth studies on Investigating the ancient past and The Mediterranean world (Rome), with an emphasis on investigating primary and secondary sources. ...

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.

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.

Teacher resource

Ancient China: staff room

This is a rich teacher resource about ancient China. It contains 15 background information sheets; 11 lesson plans for whole-class discussions to introduce particular topics; four inquiry grid worksheets for gathering information; and nine follow-up lesson plans for activities that extend the content. The staff room resource ...

Assessment resource

Year 7 history assessment - Investigating the ancient past: A history mystery

This is an assessment package that uses the Year 7 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 'Investigating the Ancient Past' (between 60 000BC–c.650 AD). Using the context ...

Text

Ancient Greece: geography

This is a rich online resource about the geography of Greece. It consists of four sections: a Geography section that introduces Greece's geographical features, seafaring tradition and establishment of colonies around the Mediterranean; a Story section that recounts 'The Odyssey' in an illustrated abridged version; an Explore ...

Collection

Oodgeroo Noonuccal

This collection of 13 digital curriculum resources focuses on Oodgeroo Noonuccal (1920-93), renowned Indigenous poet, activist and artist. It is organised into four categories - her life; role as an activist; fame as a poet; and emergence as a visual artist. The collection includes photographs, a pamphlet, a leaflet, interviews, ...

Interactive resource

Making a difference: David Unaipon

Explore perspectives on Australia’s Indigenous heritage through photos and text about David Unaipon. Trace his story, including his work as an inventor, writer and public speaker. Examine how he promoted reconciliation between Indigenous peoples and other Australians. Investigate barriers he faced and how people reacted ...

Interactive Resource

Ancient Egypt

This is an online interactive resource about ancient Egypt developed by the British Museum. The resource has ten sections: Egyptian life; geography; gods and goddesses; mummification; pharaoh; pyramids; temples; time; trades; and writing. Each section contains three elements: 'Story', 'Explore' and 'Challenge'. The 'Challenge' ...

Text

Indigenous Science: shell middens and fish traps

This is an article about Aboriginal shell middens along the Queensland coast and the information they provide about Aboriginal food collection practices. Written by Kudjala/Kalkadoon Elder from Queensland Letitia Murgha and intended mainly for teachers, it describes how shell middens were created over thousands of years ...

Moving Image

Discoveries at Lake Mungo

Visit the site of a discovery of human remains that are so old they make Egyptian mummies seem recent. In this ABC documentary a reporter visits Lake Mungo in the Willandra Lakes region of western NSW to view the site of the discovery of ancient human remains and the ongoing work of archaeologists.

Interactive Resource

Death in Rome

This interactive resource is a game in which students have until dawn to discover who has murdered Tiberius Claudius Eutychus in his Rome apartment. The clues are in the room where he was found. Students work with physical evidence, interrogate eyewitnesses and interview modern-day experts, but each interview will cost ...

Moving Image

Archaeology and Macassan visitors to Australia

Experience the excitement of a team of archeologists conducting research about whether people from Indonesia could have visited Arnhem Land in northern Australia centuries earlier than such visits are generally believed to have begun. In this Stateline program from 2008, ABC reporters interview the archaeologists and record ...

Image

Australian Indigenous children at 'the Bungalow', 1928

This is a black-and-white photograph of a large group of Australian Indigenous children and some adults at an Indigenous children's institution or 'home' known as 'the Bungalow' in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. A row of small children sit on the ground with two rows of older children and adults standing behind ...

MovingImage

The significance of Bennelong

In this resource Thomas Keneally speaks about the significance of Bennelong and contrasts him with Pemulwuy.

Video

Neville Bonner, 1991: change

This clip shows Aboriginal activist and politician Neville Bonner talking about the need to change the way in which issues concerning Aboriginal people are addressed. He says that all the decisions concerning Aboriginal people have been 'made for us by non-Aboriginal people', based on non-Aboriginal perspectives, priorities ...

MovingImage

The significance of Bennelong Point

In this resource Thomas Keneally speaks about the significance of Bennelong Point and the relationship between Governor Phillip and Bennelong. Learncast video.

MovingImage

Thomas Keneally – fascinating facts about Aboriginal people

In this resource Thomas Keneally speaks about the extraordinary things he discovered about Aboriginal people from a archaeological dig at Brewarrina.

Interactive Resource

Hunt the ancestor

This is an interactive game about an archaeological dig or quest. The object is to find an ancient burial site and protect it from being destroyed by local quarry owners who want to extract chalk from the field. Students are given an amount of money and have to locate where the burial site is using a variety of research ...

Image

Aboriginal shell midden at Weipa in 1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of a shell midden, a mound of mollusc and crustacean shells piled high, taken at Weipa in Queensland in 1958. It shows a man standing on the sloping side of the midden.