Oxford Big Ideas History 8 Victorian Curriculum Student book + obook assess

Student book + 12-month student digital licence

Maggy Saldais, Richard Smith

Oxford Big Ideas History 8 Victorian Curriculum Student book + obook assess

Student book + 12-month student digital licence

Maggy Saldais, Richard Smith




Paperback + obook


3 Jan 2017




Oxford Big Ideas History

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$68.99 NZD

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Oxford Big Ideas History Victorian Curriculum is fully revised and updated for the Victorian Curriculum: History. It provides opportunities to discover, explore and connect with the past through engaging, inquiry-based units.

Key features:

  • Fully revised and updated to meet the requirements of the Victorian Curriculum: History 7–10
  • New topics added – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Cultures (Year 7) and Political Crisis (Year 10)
  • All topics and options offered in print and supported by additional worksheets, answers, teacher notes, tests, interactives and videos
  • Learning centred around meaningful inquiry-based units of work
  • Explicit focus on the acquisition of historical skills and key concepts at each year level supported by ‘The history toolkit’
  • Clear instructional language supports student understanding and stunning images, illustrations and source materials engage even the most reluctant learners
  • A range of self-marking quizzes mapped to VCAA content descriptors – offered FREE via obook assess – drive student progress and engagement.

The obook is a cloud-based web-book available anywhere, anytime, on any device, navigated by topic or by ‘page view’. assess is an indispensable online assessment tool, explicitly mapped to the Victorian Curriculum that drives student progress through tailored instruction. As well as containing the student text and study tools, this obook offers interactive timelines, interactives such as ‘drag & drop’ and ‘hot zones’, videos and virtual site studies.

Teacher obook assess gives teachers digital access to the resources they need in order to drive student progress and engagement. These include:

  • teacher notes (including lesson ideas, planning and programming tips, and assessment advice)
  • answers to all activities, worksheets and tests
  • additional student worksheets (printable)
  • complete digital access to student book content (both online and offline) including note-taking, highlighting and bookmarking functionality
  • ability to electronically assign worksheets, tests, videos and interactives to students, as well as monitor progress and results
  • clear links to VCAA content descriptors
  • access to a testbank (containing hundreds of additional randomised multiple choice, short answer and extended response questions) that allows you to create bespoke class tests simply and easily
  • student progress and class results dashboard.

Teacher obook assess now also offers Dashboard view – an online lesson control centre, allowing teachers to instantly preview, access and assign resources like videos, interactives, worksheets and tests to students. Click here for more information.


Concepts and skills

Chapter 1 The history toolkit

Unit 1 The European and Mediterranean world

Chapter 2 Introduction to the European and Mediterranean world

Chapter 3 The Vikings

Chapter 4 Medieval Europe

Chapter 5 The Ottoman Empire

Unit 2 The Asia-Pacific world

Chapter 6 Introduction to the Asia-Pacific world

Chapter 7 The Khmer Empire

Chapter 8 Mongol Expansion

Chapter 9 Japan under the shoguns

Chapter 10 The Polynesian expansion across the Pacific

Unit 3 Expanding contacts: discovery and exploration

Chapter 11 Introduction to Expanding contacts: Discovery and exploration

Chapter 12 Renaissance Italy

Chapter 13 The Spanish conquest of the Americas





Maggy Saldais brings fifteen years’ experience in educational publishing to her role as a History author. Maggy has a strong academic background in the discipline of History and a long-held commitment to engaging middle-years students in learning and discovery in her field of expertise.

Richard Smith is a history teacher at Melbourne Grammar School. He has worked in government and independent schools for over 35 years in both administrative and teaching roles. Richard is presently the Treasurer of the History Teachers Association of Victoria and is immediate-past president. He chairs the National History Challenge for the History Teachers' Association of Australia of which he is a past vice-president and treasurer. In 2010 Richard was honoured with the presentation of the HTAV award for Outstanding contribution to the teaching and learning of history and to the HTAV.

Sample Pages

Here are some sample pages for your reference.

Chapter 1: The history toolkit