Agora 2018-2 Senior History

Senior History | Agora 2018-2 (vol. 53 no.2)

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by Katrina Burge

President's Introduction
by Rosalie Triolo


The Many Voices of Senior History Curriculum Enactment
by Rebecca Cairns
Who really decides what History students are taught? New research finds both pragmatism and surprising insights when teachers talk about this contested topic.


Peace and Future Cannon Fodder: The Armistice and The Treaty of Versailles
by Elisa Litvin
Will it change how you teach the Treaty of Versailles when you realise Germany didn’t think it had lost the First World War?

The Rise and Demise of the Soviet Russian Empire: The Nationalities Factor
by Andrew A. Pyrcz
Was the Soviet Union ever truly a union, or were numerous nationalities and languages subsumed under Russian communist imperialism that was as stifling as the tsarist regime?

The Black Jacobins: The Haitian Slave Revolt and the French Revolution
by Michael Adcock
The revolutionary government of France didn’t know how to react when the slaves of their Caribbean colony claimed liberty, equality and fraternity for themselves as well as their owners.

Rome: City and Empire
by Lily Withycombe
The ‘Rome: City and Empire’ exhibition in Canberra showcases over 200 Roman objects from the British Museum, from coins and statues to gladiator tourist merchandise.


'Why Isn’t This as Fun as Year 7?’ Managing Stress and Senior History
by Elizabeth Morgan
How to help students (and teachers) survive the stress and maintain their enthusiasm during the challenging and rewarding senior years.
Template - Cornell note-taking (Word document)
Template - Working collaboratively (Word document)
Template - Formative feedback (Word document)

VCAA Advice on VCE History School assessed Coursework
by Gerry Martin
Some common teacher concerns and questions about SACs are addressed by Gerry Martin, VCAA Curriculum Manager, History and Civics.

Historical Inquiry in the International Baccalaureate
by Ilja Van Weringh
In this article, an experienced IB teacher explores ways in which historical inquiry is used in the IB, and how these ideas could be used in VCE History studies.

Red, Green and In-Between: Using Political Conceptsto Drive Historical Understanding in VCE History
by Catherine Hart
Colourful ways to tackle students’ fear of big concepts.


Andrew Lemon and Marjorie Morgan. Poor Souls, They Perished: The Cataraqui, Australia’s Worst Shipwreck
Reviewed by Rachel Towns

Ann Howard. A Carefree War: The Hidden History of Australian WWII Child Evacuees
Reviewed by Kathryn Avery

Alexandra Roginski. The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery
Reviewed by Lauren Townrow

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