Thursday, July 24, 2014

The past: A world but not as we know it!

Image above: This is one of the most famous photographs from the Second World War. The soldier and the nurse are unknown but people have come forward to claim the fame. Apparently the nurse slapped the soldier immediately after. The event was the celebration of the end of the war and it was taken in Times Square by Alfred Eisenstaedt.

Sites related to Windows to the past

World War 1 encyclopedia sites for the class
Just real interesting 

Getting a start with history

Welcome to Windows to the past, the blog for Stage 1 History at Thebarton Senior College. The blog is your resource for the class and hopefully beyond! Over coming months I will post materials to support your learning and stimulate your thinking about history.

As mentioned today, History, or rather Humanstory is the study of the past, with a focus on the present and an eye to the future. 

The attached Youtube about the nature of history is a great starting point for our discussions. To help you get started here ar esome questions on the video:

Watch the video and select a scene from the video showing an event in history that you wish to find out more about. Do a screen capture (Snag it) of the scene and then do some research using the Internet, before you answer the following questions:

1.  When did the event happen?

2.  Where did it happen?

3.  What happened?

4.  Can you identify the historical characters involved in the event?

5.   What is the significance of the event in World History? Why do you think it was selected to be shown in this video?

Background to the course – just read and think about what the subject will involve!

Please read this summary from the SACE curriculum document re: Stage 1 History:

1.     History involves the investigation of human experience over time. By studying past events, actions, and phenomena, you will gain an insight into human nature and the ways in which individuals and societies function. History encourages inquiry into the activities of people in order to gain an understanding of their motivations and the effects of actions in particular places at particular times; make comparisons; and draw conclusions.

2.     The learning requirements summarise the knowledge, skills, and understanding that students are expected to develop and demonstrate through their learning.

In this subject, you are expected to:

1.   explain how particular societies in selected periods and places since 500 AD have been shaped by both internal and external forces

2.   identify and explain historical concepts

3.   apply hypotheses and/or focusing questions to guide historical inquiry

4.   analyse and evaluate sources

5.   understand and appreciate the role of particular individuals and groups in history

6.   communicate informed and relevant arguments, using subject-specific language and conventions.


                The course will comprise two in-depth studies (time duration in brackets)

a. Australia’s involvement in World War 1 (Term 3 Week 1-8).

b. The Pacific War 1939-45 (Term 3, Week 9 –Term 4, Week 6)

4.     The assessment for Stage 1 History involves four pieces of work. 

They are:
Two Folio pieces of work, worth 20% each (a text or film analysis and an essay, oral or computer presentation on an historical question). One to be on Australia’s involvement in the First World War and the other on The Pacific War 1939-45.

A Sources Analysis worth 30%, involving the use and analysis of original letters and photographs from World War 1.

An Investigation worth 30% involving an investigation of a student developed historical question on The Pacific War 1939-45.

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