Work samples


Year 7


Research report: An Asian wonder

Summary of task

Students were asked to write a research report based on their investigation of a wonder of the Asian world as part of their study of the ancient past. They were required to develop appropriate inquiry questions and to support the findings in their report with specific detail, relevant images and source material. Students were supported in locating and collating their information by the teacher-librarian and class teacher, and were provided with time in class to plan, draft and edit their texts. The task was completed over three 50-minute lessons.

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 7, students suggest reasons for change and continuity over time. They describe the effects of change on societies, individuals and groups. They describe events and developments from the perspective of different people who lived at the time. Students explain the role of groups and the significance of particular individuals in society. They identify past events and developments that have been interpreted in different ways.

Students sequence events and developments within a chronological framework, using dating conventions to represent and measure time. When researching, students develop questions to frame a historical inquiry. They identify and select a range of sources and locate, compare and use information to answer inquiry questions. They examine sources to explain points of view. When interpreting sources, they identify their origin and purpose. Students develop texts, particularly descriptions and explanations. In developing these texts and organising and presenting their findings, they use historical terms and concepts, incorporate relevant sources, and acknowledge their sources of information.

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