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AUSVELS YR 8 HISTORY – Medieval History

The AUSVELS History course at Year 8 focusses on Medieval England, beginning with the end of the Roman Empire through to and including the Age of Exploration.This is followed by the Spanish Conquest of the Americas (c1492 – c1572), the reasons for the movements of peoples and the effects of change on indigenous societies.The third Depth Study looks at Japan under the Shoguns (c 794 – 1867) evaluating the roles of different groups throughout this period.The AUSVELS History course at Year 8 focusses on Medieval England, beginning with the end of the Roman Empire. It follows through until the Age of Exploration with particular focus on the Spanish Conquest of the Americas (c1492 – c1572), the reasons for the movements of peoples and the effects of change on indigenous societies.

Areas of Study / Historical Knowledge and Understanding

  • Medieval Europe (c.590 – c.1500)
  • The Spanish Conquest of the Americas (c.1492 – c.1572)

Historical Skills

  • Sequence historical events, developments and periods
  • Use historical terms and concepts
  • Write clearly structured essays
  • Take notes in own words when researching
  • Identify the origin and purpose of primary and secondary sources
  • Locate, compare, select and use information from a range of sources as evidence
  • Identify and describe points of view, attitudes and values in primary and secondary sources
  • Develop texts, particularly descriptions and explanations that use evidence from a range of sources that are acknowledged
  • Use a range of communication forms (oral, digital, graphical, written)

Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 8, students recognise and explain patterns of change and continuity over time. They explain the causes and effects of events and developments, identify the motives and actions of people and explain the significance of individuals and groups and how they were influenced by the beliefs and values of their society. They describe different interpretations of the past and sequence events and developments within a chronological framework. When researching, students develop questions to frame an historical inquiry. They analyse, select and organise information from primary and secondary sources and use it as evidence to answer inquiry questions. When interpreting sources, students identify their origin and purpose, explain different points of view and distinguish between fact and opinion. Students develop texts, particularly descriptions and explanations, incorporating analysis. In developing these texts, and organising and presenting their findings, they use historical terms and concepts, evidence identified in sources, and acknowledge their sources of information.

Assessment

  • Group Newspaper
  • Medieval Model and Presentation
  • Document Study and Essay
  • Semester Examination