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8HCC - TERM 1: Ancient civilizations

Term 1 - Democracy in action, Australian identity, law in action, history overview and the significance of individuals

Map of human migration

When humans first ventured out of Africa some 60,000 years ago, they left genetic footprints still visible today. By mapping the appearance and frequency of genetic markers in modern peoples, we create a picture of when and where ancient humans moved around the world. These great migrations eventually led the descendants of a small group of Africans to occupy even the farthest reaches of the Earth.

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Human migration

ClickView - Ancient civilizations

The ancient world - from 60,000 BCE to 650 CE - is the period in which early civilisations emerged. This program provides an introductory snapshot of eight of these civilisations, looking at what they had in common and how they were unique. We trace the rise, fall and legacy of the ancient societies of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Maya, India, China, Rome, Greece and Persia.

Agricultural Revolution

Online encyclopaedias - Sumer

Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and correct information. It is best to access these articles by opening the Online encyclopaedias page on the portal and then searching for the article you are interested in.



 
  • Variety of reading levels
  • Quality resources including text, images, videos and ‘Web’s Best Sites’
  • Read aloud facility
  • Size your font up or down
  • Ready-made citation


 
  • Easy-to-understand articles
  • Built-in research tool
  • Text-to-speech tool can read aloud

 

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Featured books - Sumer

Mesopotamia - The Sumerians

Crash Course - Mesopotamia

Sumer maps

Online encyclopaedias - Ancient Australia

Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and correct information. It is best to access these articles by opening the Online encyclopaedias page on the portal and then searching for the article you are interested in.



 
  • Variety of reading levels
  • Quality resources including text, images, videos and ‘Web’s Best Sites’
  • Read aloud facility
  • Size your font up or down
  • Ready-made citation


 
  • Easy-to-understand articles
  • Built-in research tool
  • Text-to-speech tool can read aloud

 

Suggested articles include:

Featured books - Ancient Australia

ClickView - Investigating History

Ancient Australia
This clip looks closely at sources of evidence for ancient Australia and what they reveal about Australia's past. Archaeologists and historians rely on sites, artefacts, and oral histories as the key sources of historical information. To highlight this importance, valuable archaeological discoveries in Australia, some dating back more than 40, 0000 years, are chronologically sequenced. The significance of human remains, rock art sites and artefacts at Lake Mungo in New South Wales and Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory is explored in detail. Sources of evidence from post-European contact, such as paintings and anthropological documents are also discussed.  This resource concludes by highlighting the importance of conserving the remains of the ancient past, particularly in Australia.

Reference Generator

It is important to provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards.

A sample bibliography for 3 resources suggested on these pages would look like:

Kinsela, A 2014, Ancient Australia unearthed, Plainspeak Publishing, Footscray, Victoria.

Sumer 2018. Britannica School. Retrieved 16 March 2018, from https://school.eb.com.au/levels/middle/article/Sumer/70297

TimeMapsTV 2013, World Civilizations History TimeLapse, 12 November, accessed 16 March 2018, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5h4GRF6eeA>.