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History / Year 8 / Historical Skills / Historical questions and research

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Curriculum content descriptions

Identify a range of questions about the past to inform a historical inquiry (ACHHS150)

Elaborations
  • experimenting with different words/phrases/historical concepts, when drafting a question, to develop a research focus
  • posing a key question such as: ‘Why did Easter Island (Rapa Nui) society decline?’ and identifying related questions to inform the inquiry (for example, ‘What evidence is there?’ ‘What theories have been developed?’)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
ScOT terms

Historical inquiry,  Research questions

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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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Exploring Kamay

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Exploring Angkor with Zhou Daguan

Angkor, located in northwest Cambodia, was one of the world’s most impressive cities in the years between 900 and 1431 CE. With its elaborate temples, canals, dependable agriculture and powerful military, Angkor supported three quarters of a million people, making it the most populous pre-industralised city in the world. In ...

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Belonging

In this resource Thomas Keneally addresses the issues of belonging and of marginalised peoples.

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Thomas Keneally – more resources on Thomas Keneally

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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.

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Thomas Keneally – fascinating facts about Aboriginal people

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Our nation: then and now - teacher resource

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Year 8 history assessment - Medieval eclipse

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Sites2See: Explore the Lachlan and Elizabeth Macquarie Archive

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Old Government House Parramatta virtual tour

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Sites2See: Ancient History at the British Museum

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Sites2See: Celebrating the Mitchell Library Centenary

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Face2Face: Thomas Keneally

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The research process

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