Year 8 Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS)

Course and Assessment Overview 2019

Week Content Assessments
  History for 12 weeks  

Term 1

1

Revision and Introduction to Course

⦿ Revise Core Historical Concepts. Highlight and summarise.

⦿ Key terms revision quiz

⦿ Historical periods timeline/ ongoing Medieval timeline.

⦿ The spread of Christianity: Transition to state religion.

⦿ The Fall of Rome and the start of the Medieval Period.

⦿ Research: The Dark Ages- is it an appropriate name?

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Overview Content: The Medieval Period

⦿ Early Medieval Britain: Anglo- Saxons and the Celts.

⦿ The Vikings: Hygiene source analysis.

⦿ The Carolingian Empire: Charlemagne – personality and appearance source analysis.

⦿ The rise of Islam- the story of Muhammad. How did Muhammad die? Sources for Muhammad’s life.

⦿ The Muslim Golden Age research task.

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Overview Content: The Medieval Period

⦿ The Mongols: Genghis Khan/ Kublai Khan and the Mongolian peace.

⦿ Inventions of the Mongols research task.

⦿ The Byzantine Empire and the Ottomans: The Fall of Constantinople.

⦿ The Age of Exploration: the Aztecs Vs Hernan Cortez.

⦿ Trade: Land and Sea

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Task 1: Journal entry as a time traveller to a Medieval civilisation (20%).

4

Depth Study: Medieval Europe

⦿ The feudal system.

⦿ Social groups:

⦿ Daily life in Medieval Europe: lords, knights and peasants.

⦿ Living conditions

⦿ Manors and castles.

⦿ Castle design activity.

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Depth Study: Medieval Europe

⦿ Plan historical essay.

⦿ Complete historical essay in class.

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Task 2: Historical essay on roles and relationships in Medieval European society (25%).

6

Depth Study: Medieval Europe

⦿ Achievements of women: Joan of Arc study

⦿ New empires, kingdoms and rulers.

⦿ Rich task: The Battle of Hastings

⦿ Historical perspectives activity: William the Conqueror.

⦿ Significant person: Charlemagne

⦿ Charlemagne source analysis

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Depth Study: Medieval Europe

⦿ The dominance of Catholicism.

⦿ Rich task: Medieval architecture and the Catholic Church

⦿ The Crusades: Document study and Mapping. Crime and punishment in Medieval Europe

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Depth Study: Medieval Europe

⦿ Law and Rights: Document study on the Magna Carta.

⦿ Military and defence systems: How did castle design change over time?

⦿ Medieval warfare

⦿ Towns, cities and trade: Development, urbanisation and conditions.

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Depth Study: The Black Death

⦿ Life in Asia, Europe and Africa before the Black Death

⦿ Growth of trade and cities

⦿ Living conditions in cities

⦿ Rich task: Medieval London

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Depth Study: The Black Death

⦿ Causes and symptoms of the Black Death

⦿ Historical Storyboard: the spread of the Black Death

⦿ Medicine at the time of the Black Death

⦿ Rich task: Medieval Medicine.

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Term 2

1

Depth Study: The Black Death

⦿ Responses to the disease: Flagellants, plague doctors, quarantine and scapegoats.

⦿ Historical investigation: Different accounts of the impact of the plague.

⦿ Short term impacts of the Black Death

⦿ Long term impacts of the Black Death

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Depth Study: The Black Death

⦿ Rich task: the consequences of population loss

⦿ Revise and prepare for document study.

⦿ Complete document study assessment.

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Task 3: Document Study Assessment on the long-term effects of the Black Death (25%).

  Civics and Citizenship for 3 weeks  
3

Democracy in Action

⦿ Freedoms in Australian society and their limitations

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4

Democracy in Action

⦿ Participation in Australian politics.

⦿ Political Parties.

⦿ Activity: Create a political party

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Task 4: Australian democracy participation assessment (10%)

5

Democracy in Action

⦿ Perspectives on Australian identity.

⦿ Australian values

⦿ Australia Day

⦿ Rich task: #ChangeTheDate

⦿ Perspectives on multiculturalism.

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Democracy in Action

⦿ Why do we need laws?

⦿ Statutory law: roles in parliament.

⦿ Common law.

⦿ Civil and Criminal law

⦿ Australian Aboriginal customary law.

⦿ Rich task: drafting a bill

 
7-8 Examinations (Civics component)

Task 5:

Semester 1 Examination

(20%).

  Geography for 9 weeks  
8 Mapping Skills  
9-10

Mapping Skills

Mapping revision and assessment

Task 6:

Mapping (20%).

Term 3

1

Definition of a landscape and identify the 6 different main landscapes

Definition of a landform and explain the difference between a landform and landscape

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Task 7:

Natural hazards inquiry task 15% (Due wk 3)

2 Formation of mountain landscapes Oxford Big Ideas student book chapter 3
3

Uses associated with the mountain and mountain hazards

Topical Test

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Task 8:

Topical Test (15%)

4 Population growth Oxford Big Ideas student book chapter 5
5

Organisation of a city

Advantages and disadvantages of living in a city

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6 Managing growth in the city Oxford Big Ideas student book chapter 5
  Economics 9 weeks  
7

Topical Test (Urbanisation)

Economic concepts and terminology

Task 9:

Topical Test (10%)

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8 Concept of a market Oxford Big Ideas student book chapter 12
9

Interdependence in the market

Demand and supply curves

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9

Types of business

Role of government

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Term 4

1

Influences on the ways people work (e.g. technological change, outsourced labour in the global economy, rapid communication changes and factors that might affect work in the future) Oxford Big Ideas student book chapter 12
2 Influences on the ways people work (e.g. technological change, outsourced labour in the global economy, rapid communication changes and factors that might affect work in the future) Oxford Big Ideas student book chapter 12
3 Working conditions Oxford Big Ideas student book chapter 12
4

Working conditions

Topical Test

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Task 10:

Topical Test (20%)

5 Types of businesses (e.g. sole trader, partnership, corporation, cooperative, franchise) and the ways that businesses respond to opportunities in Australia Oxford Big Ideas student book chapter 13
6 The rights and responsibilities of both employers and employees Oxford Big Ideas student book chapter 13
7 Examinations Revision  
8 Examinations

Task 11:

Semester 2 Exams (20%)

9 To be advised  

 

This document is subject to revision. The Year 8 Syllabus for HASS can be found on the SCSA website. http://www.scsa.wa.edu.au/