History / Year 8 / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / Overview of the ancient to modern world

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Curriculum content descriptions

the emergence of ideas about the world and the place of people in it by the end of the period (such as the Renaissance, the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment) (ACOKFH010)

Elaborations
  • discussing the extent of knowledge about the world as indicated through changing world maps (for example, the Da Ming Hun Yi Tu world map (1389 AD/CE); and the Nova Totius Terrarum Orbis by Hendrik Hondius (1630))
General capabilities
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
ScOT terms

Renaissance,  Classical antiquity,  Concepts,  Knowledge

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How did change accelerate?

This 12 minute video is divided into two parts and presents an overview of the rapid development of the modern world. Part 1 presents reasons for the exponential growth in the world's population over the last 500 years including the development of global networks and commerce and the discovery of fossil fuel energy, which ...

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How did the world become interconnected?

This 10 minute video in 3 parts offers an overview of the growth of information networks through developments in the technologies of communication and transportation. Part 1 discusses how writing, inventions of paper and printing improved communication between societies and the development of transport and courier systems ...

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Shoguns rule Japan with iron fists

Who were the shoguns and how did they rule Japan? In Japanese history, the time from about 1600 to 1868 is called the Edo period. In 1600, after centuries of wars, Japan came under the control of shoguns from the Tokugawa clan. They continued to rule until 1868, when they were overthrown. View this clip to discover how ...

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Black Death: the disease

The resource is about the plague, the disease known as Black Death in 14th-century England. It describes the three variations of the disease: bubonic, pneumonic and septicaemic, and the causes and symptoms of the disease. It also considers the origins of the bacteria, the conditions needed for an epidemic to occur and the ...

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Systems of Exchange and Trade

This short (4 minute) video offers an overview of the history of world trade, focusing on the beginnings during the time of agrarian civilisations. The four great civilisations of the Romans, the Kushans, the Parthians and the Han Chinese were the key players, with their development of roads, ports and coin systems. The ...

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Black Death: the effect of the plague

This resource is about the effects of the plague, known as the Black Death, in rural England from 1348 to 1352. The resource describes deserted villages in rural England, uninhabited after the death of the population from the plague. It reports that the biggest effect of the plague was in rural areas because most people ...

Assessment resource

Year 8 history assessment - Effects of the Black Death: Source Response

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 'Expanding Contacts: The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa (14th century plague)'. ...

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Black Death

This resource is about the plague that broke out in England from 1348-49. It provides an overview of the plague in the British Isles beginning with the initial outbreak in Dorset, which then spread to England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The resource includes many contemporary descriptions of the plague, the death toll ...

Interactive resource

Secondary history: historical inquiry - research

These seven learning activities focus on research using a variety of tools (software) and devices (hardware), and illustrate the ways in which content, pedagogy and technology can be successfully and effectively integrated in order to promote learning. In the activities, teachers provide appropriate guidance and scaffolds ...

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Rebuilding a Shinto shrine

Witness the dedication of the followers of Shinto, Japan's ancient and unique religious tradition. Shinto means 'the way of the spirits', and it grew out of older beliefs that spirits inhabit mountains, forests and other natural places. Watch this clip from 2007 to see a 1,300-year-old Shinto tradition in central Japan.

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Show me the evidence: finding proof of the Inca

Do you have a time machine? If not, how can you be certain that your understanding of history is correct? In this clip from the 1985 documentary 'Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon', reporter Jack Pizzey considers what is known about the Inca Empire. He acknowledges there is much that we can't be sure of. This clip is ...

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Why did civilisations expand?

This short video offers an overview of why civilisations expanded, by looking at the past for commonalities and patterns. The need to expand is one such pattern with massive empires growing then collapsing. Expansion was necessary to pay for increasing infrastructure, government and the military, and internal resources ...

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Deir el-Medina, 2nd century BCE

This is a fly-through animation of the settlement, temple and tombs of Deir el-Medina in Egypt as they would have appeared in the New Kingdom and the Ptolemaic periods. Accompanied by a detailed commentary and interspersed with footage of the area today and cut-away diagrams, the animation shows the position of Western ...

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Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine in the Imperial age

This is a colour clip showing the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine in Rome. It begins with a fly-through animation of the Colosseum as it would have appeared in about 82 CE soon after it was finished. The animation is combined with sequences of the Colosseum today and images that recreate the amphitheatre's gladiatorial ...

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Theatre of Pompey, 52 BCE

This is a fly-through animation of the Theatre of Pompey in ancient Rome as it would have appeared in 52 BCE. It shows the theatre's location, its semicircular structure, tiers of seating, stage, the temple of Venus opposite the stage, and the surrounding complex of public amenities, gardens and displays of sculpture. Sequences ...

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Roman Forum, 315 CE

This is a fly-through animation of the Roman Forum as it would have appeared in 315 CE when the Basilica of Maxentius was completed. Interspersed with footage of the Forum today, the animation shows Rome's most important street, the Via Sacra, and the great temples and public structures of the Roman Forum including the ...

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Pantheon, 126 CE

This is a fly-through animation of the Pantheon in Rome as it would have appeared in about 126 CE soon after its reconstruction by the Emperor Hadrian. The animation is combined with sequences of the Pantheon today, architectural drawings and models of the building, and paintings from the 18th and 19th centuries. The voice-over ...

Teacher resource

Globetrotters' Japan: people - foreigners on the tourist circuit in Meiji Japan, 1890s

This is a collection of online materials focusing on 19th century photographs of 'traditional' Japanese people, many illustrating aspects of life in the feudal era of Japanese history before 1868. The photographs were intended for international tourists (globetrotters) in the late 1890s. The online materials consist of ...

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Palatine Hill and the Flavian Palace

This is a colour clip showing the Palatine Hill in Rome and the vast residential and administrative complex built there by Roman emperors. A fly-through animation shows the throne room of the Domus Flavia. The animation is combined with sequences of the complex today, showing the ruins of the Domus Flavia, the Domus Augustana ...

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Ottoman Empire (1301-1922)

This resource is about the rise and fall of the Islamic Ottoman Empire. It includes text and some images. The resource is organised under eight topic headings: Introduction; Why was the Empire successful?; Constantinople; Other religions; Sultan and court; Suleiman – a golden age; Decline; and Find out more. The images ...