AC History Units presents 8 units developed by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia to support teachers in the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: History
The development of these units has been guided by a number of ideas:
Unit 1, Teaching History, is a foundation unit, providing a brief introduction to the discipline of history. It ‘unpacks’ the skills and concepts, surveys approaches to teaching and provides an essential framework for the other units.
Units 2-8 focus on topics relevant to particular year levels and are designed to provide very practical support in the form of teaching programs, sample ‘learning sequences’, a wide range of resources and assessment ideas.
A learning sequence is a sequence of lessons (as opposed to separate learning activities) designed to give students an opportunity to develop skills and understanding in some depth. At the end of a learning sequence students should be equipped to demonstrate their learning by completing a substantial task, appropriate to their year level.
While there is consistency in the presentation of the units, no attempt was made to impose a particular teaching approach. A variety of valid approaches to teaching history is presented.
It is expected that these units will be used in different ways. Some teachers may put the programs and learning sequences to immediate use. Others may use the material more selectively. A particular feature of the units is the range of quality resources that have been developed – many will be easily adapted or put to wider use.
A major goal has been to provide the conceptual background (in Unit 1) and concrete examples (in Units 2-8) to assist teachers in designing their own programs and learning sequences for other topics and year levels.