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The Jacaranda Retroactive NSW Ac series is designed to support the huge variety and range of approaches and styles for successfully teaching history, providing a rich set of tools and activities that every teacher can use to bring history to life in their own way.
A rich suite of stunning new images, videos, interactivities – to spark students’ curiosity and imagination.
A diverse range of activities to help teachers teach history their way and give teachers the best possible experience regardless of technology constraints and platform choices.
Activities organised from lower to higher levels of complexity plus challenge opportunities for those thirsting for more.
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Topic 1: Investigating the ancient past
Topic overview 1: The ancient world
Topic 2a: Ancient Egypt
Topic 2b: Ancient Greece
Topic 2c: Ancient Rome
Topic 3a: Ancient India
Topic 3b: Early Imperial China
Topic overview 2: The ancient to the modern world
Topic 4a: The Vikings
Topic 4b: Medieval Europe
Topic 4c: The Ottoman Empire
Topic 4d: Renaissance Italy
Topic 5a: The Angkor/Khmer empire
Topic 5b: Japan under the Shoguns
Topic 5c: The Polynesian expansion across the Pacific
Topic 6a: Mongol expansion
Topic 6b: The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa
Topic 6c: The Spanish conquest of the Americas
Topic 6d: Aboriginal and indigenous peoples, colonisation and contact history
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Topic overview 1: The making of the modern world
Topic 1a: The Industrial Revolution
Topic 1b: Movement of peoples
Topic 1c: Progressive ideas and movements
Topic 2a: Making a nation
Topic 2b: China and the world
Topic 3a: World War I
Topic 3b: World War II
Topic overview 2: The modern world and Australia
Topic 4a: Rights and freedoms
Topic 5a: Popular culture
Topic 5b: The environment movement
Topic 5c: Migration experiences
Topic 6a: The Holocaust
Topic 6b: Australia in the Vietnam War era
Jarrod Hall from St. Dominic’s College shares how the Jacaranda Retroactive NSW Ac series has supported his teaching, simplified assigning student work, saved time marking and reviewing work and offered a range of engaging multimedia to support learning.
Maureen has taught history for over 30 years, including periods as department Head at Kambala, Rose Bay and Rosebank College, Five Dock. She has contributed to syllabus writing for the NSW Board of Studies and taught within the Teacher Education Program at Macquarie University.
Ian taught history for 30 years, including 25 years as a head teacher. He is a co-author of Retroactive 1 ; Retroactive 2 ; Retrospective: Year 11 Modern History and Medieval Quest for the New South Wales syllabuses; and the Retroactive Australian Curriculum for History 7–10 series. Ian has also contributed to the Macquarie Study Dictionary and has published journal articles, chapters in books and online articles on a range of history and education topics.
Anne has taught History and English for over 30 years, including two years in Papua New Guinea, and is currently at Freshwater Senior Campus. She has worked on secondment to Training and Development for the Department of Education.
Kate has taught History for over 30 years, with teaching qualifi cations from the University of Sydney and Sydney Teachers’ College. She has taught in high schools in Australia and Northern Ireland, including St Mary’s Cathedral College, Sydney.
Brian was a Head of History in Queensland secondary schools before joining the Education faculty at QUT in Brisbane, where he taught History, History curriculum and SOSE curriculum. He subsequently worked for the National Centre for History Education and is now an independent consultant. Brian has written syllabus and curriculum documents at state and national levels and was an adviser in the development of the Australian Curriculum: History.
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