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Year 11: Ancient History

Activity name: A prepared response

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Grade Student work samples
Grade A Drew
Grade B Bobbi Bailey
Grade C Dom Jamie
Grade D Dale Nicky Mike
Grade E No samples

Description of activity

Students construct an extended response in class to present an argument for the significance of an event, a place, a person or group in Ancient History. 

Question:  How is an event, place, person or group historically significant?


Students have been:

  • engaging in the research process
  • investigating ancient cultures and civilisations over the course of their studies
  • developing concepts of significance in relation to ancient historical people and events

Area(s) of learning

  • Knowledge and understanding of people, places, societies, and events in the context of their time.
  • Analysis, evaluation and synthesis of historical information.
  • Historical inquiry and research.
  • Communication of historical understanding in appropriate form.


  • P 1.1 describe and explain the contribution of key people, groups, events, institutions, societies and sites within the historical context
  • P 2.1 identify historical factors and explain their significance in contributing to change and continuity in the ancient world
  • P 3.1 locate, select and organise relevant information from a variety of sources
  • P 3.6 plan and present the findings of historical investigation, analysing and synthesising information from a range of sources
  • P 4.1 use historical terms and concepts appropriately
  • P 4.2 communicate knowledge and understanding of historical features and issues using appropriate oral and written forms

Criteria for assessing learning

These criteria would be communicated to students with the activity:

  • explain historical significance
  • plan and conduct historical investigation
  • comprehend from archaeological and written sources
  • locate, select and organise relevant information from a variety of sources
  • identify different perspectives and interpretations evident in sources
  • use historical terms and concepts appropriately
  • synthesise information to develop and support historical argument
  • present and communicate the findings of an historical investigation using appropriate and well-structured written forms
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