History Skills

This unit consists of both teacher support materials and resources for students relevant to the development of historical skills in Years 9 and 10.

Teachers of other year levels will also find that these resources are highly valuable when considering framing an assessment task based on creating either digital or written accounts of history.

The videos provided in the student resources highlight how a variety of sources such as oral history interviews, objects and photographs can be used in developing narratives about the past. The expert videos explore themes of migration, memory and community life.

Teacher support

Watch: resource overview, classroom implementation and teacher reflection videos

Black and white image of a group of firemen with equipment outside a building

Teacher guide

An explanation of student resources and how they can assist with the development of applied historical skills in Year 9 and 10 students.

A black and white photograph of a man up a ladder outside a shop.

Curriculum links

An overview table showing links between student resources on this site and the content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum: History in Year 9 and 10.


Student resources

Watch: Objects as evidence

In this interview, Dr Moya McFadzean speaks about types of objects you can investigate and what stories we can infer from particular objects. Through an example of a prayer book, which was donated to Museums Victoria, Moya highlights how every object has a story to tell.

Watch: Photographs as evidence

Photographs are an important source of evidence in historical research. Through photographs we capture a moment in time, which can depict events, people or places.

View the interview with Michael Reason, who will provide you with some insights on how to use photographs when creating a historical account.

Watch: Community stories

How does an historian research and write community stories? This interview with Dr Paula Hamilton will reveal how an historian approaches researching and collecting stories from the past, and the role of memory in historical research.

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