Work samples


Year 7


 Research report: Qin Shi Huangdi

Summary of task

Students investigated the life, achievements and influence of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi as part of their study of life in ancient China. Supported by the class teacher and the teacher-librarian, students identified and located sources of historical information, created a timeline of Qin Shi Huangdi’s life and created a written account of his contribution to ancient China. The task was completed over three 50-minute lessons.

Achievement standard

By the end of Year 7, students explain the role of groups and the significance of particular individuals in past societies. They suggest reasons for change and continuity over time. They describe the effects of change on societies, individuals and groups and describe events and developments from the perspective of people who lived at the time. 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 significant questions to frame a historical inquiry. They identify and select a range of primary and secondary sources and locate, compare and use relevant information and evidence to answer inquiry questions. They analyse information and evidence to determine their origin, purpose and usefulness and to identify past and present values and perspectives. 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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