Oxford Big Ideas History 8 Australian Curriculum Teacher obook assess

Teacher digital licence: For life of edition

Mark Easton, Bernie Howitt, Denis Mootz

Oxford Big Ideas History 8 Australian Curriculum Teacher obook assess

Teacher digital licence: For life of edition

Mark Easton, Bernie Howitt, Denis Mootz




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1 Nov 2012




Oxford Big Ideas History

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What is…Oxford Big Ideas History?
Using Oxford Big Ideas History Australian Curriculum: History 8—Scope and sequence


1.0 The ancient to the modern world: an overview
1.1 How did societies change from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern age?
1.2 What key beliefs and values emerged and how did they influence societies?
1.3 What were the causes and effects of contact between societies in this period?
1.4 Which significant people, groups and ideas from the period have influenced the world today?

Depth studies

The Western and Islamic world

The Ottoman Empire [obook only chapter]
1 How was society organised during the Ottoman Empire?
2 What were the most significant achievements and developments of the Ottoman Empire?
3 How did the policies and power of the Ottoman Empire change other societies?

Renaissance Italy [obook only chapter]
1 How were societies in Renaissance Italy organised?
2 What developments and achievements characterised Renaissance Italy?
3 How did Renaissance culture spread and what is its legacy?

2.0 The Vikings
2.1 How was Viking society organised?
2.2 What developments and achievements led to Viking expansion?
2.3 How did Viking conquests change other societies?

3.0 Medieval Europe
3.1 How was society in medieval Europe organised?
3.2 What developments and achievements influenced life in medieval Europe?
3.3 How and why did society in medieval Europe change?

The Asia–Pacific world
4.0 The Khmer Empire
4.1 How did the Khmer Empire rise to power and what were its greatest achievements?
4.2 How was society organised during the Khmer Empire?
4.3 How and why did the Khmer Empire come to an end?

5.0 Japan under the shoguns
5.1 What was life in Japan like before the rise of the shoguns?
5.2 How did the rise of the shoguns change the way Japanese society was organised?
5.3 How did life change under the rule of the shogun and why did this period come to an end?

The Polynesian expansion across the Pacific [obook only chapter]
1 How did Polynesian settlers spread across the Pacific?
2 What was life like in Maori societies?
3 What were the most significant Maori cultural achievements?

Expanding contacts
6.0 Mongol expansion
6.1 How was Mongol society organised?
6.2 How did Mongol conquests and expansion change other societies?

7.0 The Black Death in Asia, Europe and Africa
7.1 How were societies organised at the time of the Black Death?
7.2 How did the Black Death spread and what were its effects?

The Spanish conquest of the Americas [obook only chapter]
1 How were societies in the Americas organised before the arrival of the Spanish?
2 Why did the Spanish colonise the Americas?
3 What were the effects of the Spanish conquest in the Americas and around the world?

*assess is available for selected chapters (not available for o book only chapters).


Mark Easton has taught Geography, History and English for over 20 years and during the last 15 years has been a contributing author to many geography, humanities and atlas titles. In 2010 he joined Oxford as a geography consultant to work on a range of titles and to support the use of these resources in the classroom. Mark continues to teach geography part-time at St Margaret’s School and to develop exciting new classroom resources for Oxford University Press.

Bernie Howitt is currently President of the NSW History Teachers’ Association, and has been teaching History since the 1970s. Bernie has worked on syllabus development for both the NSW Board of Studies and ACARA.  He has won two NSW Premier’s History scholarships, an excellence in teaching award, and taught in England as a Commonwealth Exchange teacher. He has been a contributor to the Oxford Big Ideas History Australian Curriculum series.

Denis Mootz is currently Secretary of HTAA and a Director of the NSW Professional Teachers’ Council and has taught History, Ancient History and Modern History in NSW secondary schools for 40 years. He is a past President of HTA NSW and has chaired the NSW Board of Studies History Curriculum Committee and worked on other projects at the NSW Board of Studies. Recently he has worked as a museum educator at the Museum of Ancient Cultures at Macquarie University. He has been associated with the Australian History Channel as an educational consultant since 1998.