Oxford Big Ideas History - Australian Curriculum: Year 8 - Workbook (Print)

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Availability: Available Usually Dispatched In: 3 - 7 Business Days ISBN: 9780195575736 Brand/Publisher: Oxford University Press Categories: Australian CurriculumHistoryHumanities and Social Sciences (HASS)History

Part of the series Oxford Big Ideas History Australian Curriculum - Year 8.

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The exciting Oxford Big Ideas History series will motivate and engage students. Its wide range of activities and sources will allow students to be successful in the history classroom and support their independent study.


Oxford Big Ideas History:

  • promotes deep learning of historical knowledge, understanding and skills while supporting multiple learning styles
  • sorts content into meaningful inquiry-based big questions, and is written specifically for the appropriate reading level
  • organises learning around the big ideas of history and revisits these ideas with increasing complexity
  • features structured inquiry sequences to enable students to monitor their own progress
  • is highly illustrated to help visual learners engage with historical inquiry
  • is supported by a workbook, obook and teacher kit to offer the complete teaching package at each year level
  • offers innovative digital resources, including an interactive obook with Oxford’s new Virtual Site Studies that bring history to life


This workbook provides extra practice of key skills and encourages an inquiry-based approach to learning—perfect for in-class work or homework.


  • Write-in, full colour workbook
  • Key historical literacies and skills are reinforced progressively
  • Answers available for teachers in the Oxford Big Ideas History 8 Teacher Kit

Sample Pages

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Chapter 3: Medieval Europe - Workbook



1.0 The ancient to the modern world: an overview

  • Activity 1.1 Explore the spread of technology: gunpowder
  • Activity 1.2 Evaluate a historical source: The Battle of Maldon
  • Activity 1.3 Create a display on the developments in boat building
  • Activity 1.4 Understand different perspectives
  • Activity 1.5 Crossword: the ancient to modern world

Depth studies

The Western and Islamic world

2.0 The Vikings (c. 790–c. 1066)

  • Activity 2.1 The advantages of Viking longboats
  • Activity 2.2 Viking facts versus Viking fiction
  • Activity 2.3 Set up a museum display
  • Activity 2.4 Interpret and create an artist’s impression
  • Activity 2.5 Investigating Viking mythology

3.0 Medieval Europe (c. 590–c. 1500)

  • Activity 3.1 Analyse the Bayeux Tapestry
  • Activity 3.2 Medieval church windows
  • Activity 3.3 Castle construction
  • Activity 3.4 Medieval recipes
  • Activity 3.5 Compare significant medieval women

The Asia–Pacific world

4.0 The Khmer Empire (c. 802–c. 1327)

  • Activity 4.1 Retell a Hindu myth
  • Activity 4.2 Analyse a photograph
  • Activity 4.3 Conduct a historical inquiry: who are the apsaras?
  • Activity 4.4 Continuity and change: village life in Cambodia
  • Activity 4.5 Examine the impact of tourism at Angkor

5.0 Japan under the shoguns (c. 794–c. 1867)

  • Activity 5.1 Continuity and change: the Emperor’s new clothes
  • Activity 5.2 Significant individuals: ‘Who am I?’
  • Activity 5.3 Design a Japanese palace
  • Activity 5.4 Analyse The Tale of the Heike
  • Activity 5.5 Compare warrior cultures: the samurai vs European knights

Expanding contacts

6.0 Mongol expansion (c. 1206–c. 1368)

  • Activity 6.1 Cause and effect: why did the Mongols expand their territory?
  • Activity 6.2 Analyse film stills
  • Activity 6.3 Conduct a historical inquiry into the changing nature of Mongol warfare
  • Activity 6.4 Describe the impact of Mongol rule: China under Kublai Khan
  • Activity 6.5 Evaluate a historical source

7.0 The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa (14th century plague)

  • Activity 7.1 Cause and effect: the Black Death and feudalism
  • Activity 7.2 Identify attitudes and values in primary and secondary sources
  • Activity 7.3 Create a flow map
  • Activity 7.4 Medieval quarantine
  • Activity 7.5 Medieval herbal remedies

About the Authors

Maggy Saldais has been actively involved in a range of successful education publishing programs over the last 10 years.

Richard Smith is a history teacher at Melbourne Grammar School. He has worked in government and independent schools for over 35 years in both administrative and teaching roles. Richard is presently the Treasurer of the History Teachers Association of Victoria and is immediate-past president. He chairs the National History Challenge for the History Teachers' Association of Australia, of which he is a past vice-president and treasurer. In 2010, Richard was honoured with the presentation of the HTAV award for outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history and to the HTAV.

Associate Professor Tony Taylor has played a pivotal role in the shaping of history education in Australia. In 1999 he was appointed Director of the Australian Government’s National Inquiry into the Teaching and Learning of History and, from 2001–2006, he was Director of the Australian Government’s National Centre for History Education. Recently, Tony has been involved in the development of the Australian Curriculum for History.

Dr Carmel Young is a History consultant with Oxford and has taught History Curriculum and Methods at the University of Sydney. With Tony Taylor, she wrote History: A guide to the teaching and learning of history in Australian schools.

Clare Ridgway-Faye is a teacher of English, Humanities and Classical Studies, currently at Princes Hill Secondary College. She has worked at school level and with Oxford University Press on developing English and History curriculum resources for the Australian Curriculum.

Mark Easton has taught Geography, History and English for over 20 years and during the last 15 years has been a contributing author to many geography, humanities and atlas titles. In 2010 he joined Oxford as a geography consultant to work on a range of titles and to support the use of these resources in the classroom. Mark continues to teach geography part-time at St Margaret’s School and to develop exciting new classroom resources for Oxford University Press.

Bernie Howitt is currently President of the NSW History Teachers’ Association, and has been teaching History since the 1970s. Bernie has worked on syllabus development for both the NSW Board of Studies and ACARA. He has won two NSW Premier’s History scholarships, an excellence in teaching award, and taught in England as a Commonwealth Exchange teacher. He has been a contributor to the Oxford Big Ideas History Australian Curriculum series.

Denis Mootz is currently Secretary of HTAA and a Director of the NSW Professional Teachers’ Council and has taught History, Ancient History and Modern History in NSW secondary schools for 40 years. He is a past President of HTA NSW and has chaired the NSW Board of Studies History Curriculum Committee and worked on other projects at the NSW Board of Studies. Recently he has worked as a museum educator at the Museum of Ancient Cultures at Macquarie University. He has been associated with the Australian History Channel as an educational consultant since 1998.

ISBN 9780195575736
Publisher Oxford University Press
Product Type Student Books,
Year Level Year 8,
Author(s) Maggy Saldais, Tony Taylor, Carmel Young and Clare Ridgway-Faye.

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