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HistoriCool is the coolest mag in History! Published since 2013, HistoriCool engages and entertains 8-14 year olds with stories from the past, and helps teachers to deliver curriculum content with our coinciding teaching resources.

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HistoriCool is the coolest mag in History! Published since 2013, HistoriCool engages and entertains 8-14 year olds with stories from the past, and helps teachers to deliver curriculum content with our coinciding teaching resources.
Indigenous Civil Rights Resource Bundle
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Indigenous Civil Rights Resource Bundle

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How were Australia's Indigenous people once treated by the white public, the government and the law? Use the Indigenous Civil Rights Resource Bundle to answer this question and engage your students in a study of how Aboriginal Australians experienced democracy in decades past. Australian Curriculum Links: ACHASSK135 This resource is delivered as a 12 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging 600-word article entitled Indigenous Civil Rights targeted at a 11-14 year old audience. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above story to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- and Post- reading quiz to assess reading comprehension. ✓ Tri-level question guide about the above article. ✓ KW Chart to determine questions for inquiry. ✓ Treatment of Victimised Peoples comparison activity. ✓ Events in Indigenous Civil Rights sequencing activity. ✓ An Important Event in the Civil Rights Movement worksheet asks students to research one event from the above sequencing activity and describe its significance to the civil rights movement. Purchase Issue 08 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Bastille Day Resource Bundle
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Bastille Day Resource Bundle

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Fireworks, food and festivities... Sounds awesome right? But what is Bastille Day really all about? To answer that, we have to go back to a time when France was, well, a little less awesome... Use the Bastille Day Resource Bundle to introduce students to Bastille Day and to contextualize it with the national holidays celebrated in your country. Australian Curriculum Link: ACHASSK065 This resource is delivered as a 12 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ 500-word engaging and entertaining article entitled Bring On Bastille Day! targeted at 9-12 year-old readers. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above article to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Understanding the Text Tri-Level Question Guide asks students 'Does the text say this? Does the text suggest this? Do you agree with this statement regarding the text? ✓ French Revolution Image Analysis encourages students to look at two iconic images associated with Bastille Day for clues about the event and the people involved. ✓ The Fall of the Bastille Sensory Worksheet ✓ Bastille Day Quiz ✓ National Day Venn Diagram Template to compare Bastille Day with a national holiday celebrated in your country. ✓ A list of other teaching ideas for utilising Bring On Bastille Day! in your classroom. Purchase Issue 09 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Ned Kelly Resource Bundle
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Ned Kelly Resource Bundle

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Who was Ned Kelly? And why were opinions about him so mixed in the colonies? Use the Naughty Ned Kelly Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of the bushrangers who roamed the Australian colonies and the impact Ned Kelly made on his society. Australian Curriculum Link: ACHASSK110 This resource is delivered as a 14 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging 900-word biographical article entitled A Tale of Ned's Head targeted at readers in Years 4 to 6. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above article to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- and Post- reading quiz to assess reading comprehension. ✓ KW Chart template to find out what students know, and what they would like to know about Ned Kelly. ✓ A tri-level question guide asks students 'Does the text say this?' 'Does the text suggest this' and 'Do you agree with...' ✓ Storyboard template to help students to visually represent an event in Ned's life ✓ Ned Kelly: Hero or Villain worksheet ✓ Wanted Poster template Purchase Issue 01 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Trojan War Resource Bundle
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Trojan War Resource Bundle

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Does any truth lie beneath the myth of the Trojan War? Use the Trojan War Resource Bundle to ponder this question and engage your students in a wider study of ancient Greek beliefs and practices. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH036 This resource is delivered as a 12 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Entertaining 650-word article entitled A Horse for Troy targeted at 11-14 year old readers. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above story to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Myths, Legends, Fairytales & Fables worksheet ✓ Character Concept Map worksheet ✓ Trojan War Story Board template Purchase Issue 13 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
The Printing Press & Renaissance Inventions Resource Bundle
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The Printing Press & Renaissance Inventions Resource Bundle

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Was the printing press the most important invention to come out of the Renaissance? Use the Printing Press & Renaissance Inventions Resource Bundle to debate this question and engage your students in a study of the Renaissance and its important developments. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH056 This resource is delivered as a 11 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging 750-word article entitled The (Slow) Sprint to Print targeted at 12-15 year-old readers. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above article to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Understanding the Text Tri-Level Question Guide asks students 'Does the text say this? Does the text suggest this? Do you agree with this statement regarding the text? ✓ Renaissance KW Chart helps to determine questions for inquiry ✓ Renaissance Invention Profile worksheet ✓ Renaissance Invention Flow Chart worksheet Purchase Issue 04 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Mongol Empire Resource Bundle
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Mongol Empire Resource Bundle

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If anyone Khan, Genghis Khan. And that he did in the 13th century, building one of the strongest empires the world has ever seen... Use the Mighty Mongol Empire Resource Bundle to engage your students in the Mongol Empire and a wider study of Asian cultures. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH014, ACDSEH077, ACDSEH078 This resource is delivered as a 12 page PDF in A4 size, in addition to an A3 printable boardgame. So, what's included? ✓ 650-word engaging article entitled The Mongol Empire & its Master Warriors targeted at 11-14 year-old readers. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above article to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Understanding the Text Tri-Level Question Guide asks students 'Does the text say this? Does the text suggest this? Do you agree with this statement regarding the text? ✓ KW Chart to determine questions for inquiry. ✓ Mongol Empire Timeline of Events ✓ The Mighty Mongol Army: a unique 2-player boardgame complete with instructions, printable playing cards and gameboard. ✓ A list of other teaching ideas for utilising The Mongol Empire & its Master Warriors in your classroom. Purchase Issue 05 of HistoriCool Magazine in digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
The Terracotta Army & the First Emperor Resource Bundle
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The Terracotta Army & the First Emperor Resource Bundle

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Was the Terracotta Army Emperor Qin's greatest legacy? Use The Terracotta Army & the First Emperor Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of Emperor Qin and the beliefs and customs of Ancient China. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH042, ACDSEH132 This resource is delivered as a 15 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging article entitled What the Emperor Wanted, about Emperor Qin and his Terracotta Army. ✓ Comprehension questions about the above article to assess student understanding. ✓ 'Help! I'm a Teenage Ruler' worksheet asks students to think about what they would do if thrown into power at the age of thirteen, like Emperor Qin. ✓ Emperor Qin's Legacies worksheet ✓ Question Dice template, for developing questions for inquiry. ✓ Terracotta Army: Excavation and Conservation worksheet. ✓ Emperor Qin's Tomb Debate Planner ✓ A Warrior of the Terracotta Army worksheet Purchase Issue 26 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Hatshepsut Resource Bundle
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Hatshepsut Resource Bundle

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Who were the female rulers of ancient Egypt? Use the Hatshepsut & Other Female Pharaohs Resource Bundle to answer this question and engage your students in a study of the key figures of ancient Egypt. Australian Curriculum Link: ACDSEH129 This resource is delivered as a 12 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging 600-word article entitled Hatshepsut: The Female King of Egypt targeted at 11 to 13 year old readers. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Understanding the Text Tri-Level Question Guide asks students 'Does the text say this? Does the text suggest this? Do you agree with this statement regarding the text? ✓ Female Pharaoh Profile worksheet. ✓ Cartoon Analysis worksheets asks students to think critically about a humorous cartoon relating to the article. ✓ Story Board Template to help students plan a short play about Hatshepsut's rise to power. Purchase Issue 08 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Gold Rush Resource Bundle
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Gold Rush Resource Bundle

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What is the historical significance of gold? And what impact did it have on the development of Australia? Use the Gold Rushes Resource Bundle to answer these questions and engage your students in a study of the Australian gold rushes and the importance of gold throughout history. Australian Curriculum Links: ACHASSK108 This resource is delivered as a 15 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging 1100-word article entitled Gold: How One Metal Shaped the World targeted at a 10-13 year old audience, which not only looks at the Australian gold rushes, but the importance placed on gold throughout history. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above story to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- and Post- reading quiz to assess reading comprehension. ✓ Tri-level question guide about the above article. ✓ Gold Rush KW Chart helps to obtain questions for inquiry. ✓ How to Pan for Gold video response worksheet. ✓ The Gold Rush by S. T. Gill image analysis activity. ✓ Gold Rush Towns Wordsearch. Purchase Issue 07 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Medieval Fashions Resource Bundle
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Medieval Fashions Resource Bundle

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What do the fashions of the time tell us about the class-based society in which the people of the Middle Ages lived? Use the Medieval Fashions Resource Bundle to answer this question and engage your students in a study of Medieval society and hierarchy. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH008 This resource is delivered as a 12 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging and entertaining 700-word article entitled My Medieval Suitcase targeted at 11-15 year-old readers. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above article to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Understanding the Text Tri-Level Question Guide asks students 'Does the text say this? Does the text suggest this? Do you agree with this statement regarding the text? ✓ Social Hierarchy in Medieval Europe worksheet ✓ Medieval Art Object Analysis worksheet ✓ A second article entitled Beneath the Emperor's New Clothes which looks at the popular fairytale based in medieval times. Purchase Issue 02 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
The Ottoman Empire Resource Bundle
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The Ottoman Empire Resource Bundle

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The Ottoman Empire was one of the largest in the world... Use the Ottoman Empire Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of the people, places and events that make up this important period in world history. Australian Curriculum Link: ACDSEH009 ACDSEH055 This resource is delivered as a 15 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Entertaining article entitled Interpreting the Dragomans takes an in-depth look at the role of translators in the Ottoman Empire. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms in the above article. ✓ Pre- and Post-reading Quiz gauges student comprehension. ✓ Mapping the Empire activity. ✓ Ottoman Empire Glossary Builder for students to add definitions of new words they come across during their study of this topic. ✓ Changing Territory activity. ✓ Design a Turkish Rug worksheet. Purchase Issue 24 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Feudal Japan Resource Bundle
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Feudal Japan Resource Bundle

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What were the social classes that made up Feudal Japan, and what was life like for those living within them? Use the Feudal Japan Resource Bundle to answer these questions and engage your students in a study of this era. Australian Curriculum Link: ACDSEH012 This resource is delivered as a 14 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Entertaining and informative 600-word article entitled Characters of Feudal Japan targeted at readers in Years 6-8. ✓ KW Chart template to find out what students know, and what they would like to know about Feudal Japan. ✓ Shogunate Japan Timeline worksheets asks students to match the period with the time span and to list key characteristics of each. ✓ Cartoon Analysis worksheets asks students to think critically about a humorous cartoon relating to the article. ✓ Feudal Classes: Japan vs. Europe Comparative worksheet ✓ Feudal Classes PNI Chart worksheet ✓ Feudal Society: Japan vs. Europe Comparative worksheet ✓ Haiku Poem Planner worksheet Purchase Issue 21 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Bog Bodies Resource Bundle
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Bog Bodies Resource Bundle

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When an ancient body is found preserved in a bog, what happens next!? Use the Bog Bodies Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of archaeological mystery-solving. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH001, ACDSEH029, ACDSEH030, ACDSEH148 This resource is delivered as a 13 page PDF in A4 size. So, what’s included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging article titled So… You Found a Bog Body walking readers through the steps they should take if they ever stumble upon a bog body! ✓ Understanding ‘So… You Found a Bog Body’ comprehension questions ✓ Bog Body Profile worksheet ✓ Bog Bodies: Drawing Conclusions activity ✓ ‘Uncovered’ TV series activity instructions Purchase Issue 30 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag.
Animals of Ancient Egypt Resource Bundle
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Animals of Ancient Egypt Resource Bundle

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What was the significance of animals to the beliefs of ancient Egyptians? Use the Animals of Ancient Egypt Resource Bundle to answer this question and engage your students in a study of the ancient Egyptians, their values and their customs. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH033 This resource is delivered as a 15 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging & entertaining 900-word article entitled Animals of Ancient Egypt targeted at 11-14 year-old readers. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above article to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Animals: Then & Now comparison worksheet. ✓ Egyptian Beliefs KW Chart helps to determine questions for inquiry. ✓ The Religious Significance of Animals in Ancient Egypt informative text. ✓ Ancient Egyptians & their animals primary sources. ✓ Cartoon Analysis. ✓ Ancient Egyptian Gods & Goddesses Matching Activity Purchase Issue 16 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Multiculturalism in Australia Resource Bundle
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Multiculturalism in Australia Resource Bundle

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What does vegetable soup and fruit salad have to do with multiculturalism in Australia? Students will answer this question and more in this HistoriCool resource bundle! Use the Multiculturalism in Australia Resource Bundle to engage your students in a wider study of Australian immigration, multiculturalism and the White Australia Policy. Australian Curriculum Links: ACHASSK109, ACHASSK135, ACHASSK136 This resource is delivered as a 11 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ 700-word engaging and entertaining article entitled The Menu of Multiculturalism targeted at 11-15 year-old readers. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above article to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for analysing prior knowledge and reading comprehension (answers included). ✓ Understanding the Text Tri-Level Question Guide asks students 'Does the text say this? Does the text suggest this? Do you agree with this statement regarding the text? ✓ Discussion Questions to get students thinking about the White Australia Policy, its purpose and its repercussions. ✓ Immigration Sequencing Activity for ordering Australia's immigration history (answers included). ✓ Events in Immigration Worksheet to get in depth about one factor of Australia's cultural past. ✓ A list of other teaching ideas for utilising The Menu of Multiculturalism in your classroom. Purchase Issue 09 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Greek Gods Resource Bundle
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Greek Gods Resource Bundle

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Who were the deities worshipped by the ancient Greeks? And what is their relevance today? Use the Greek Mythology Resource Bundle to engage your students in an entertaining study of ancient Greek gods and goddesses - from Apollo to Zeus. Australian Curriculum Link: ACDSEH036 This resource is delivered as a 18 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Hilarious tongue-in-cheek article entitled Apollo - Zeus: An A-Z of Greek Gods & Goddesses targeted at readers in Years 6-8 which is sure to spark student interest and curiosity! ✓ Pre- and Post- reading quiz to assess reading comprehension. ✓ KW Chart template to find out what students know, and what they would like to know about Greek Mythology. ✓ Godly Brands worksheet asks students to look at brands that are named after Greek deities and consider the attributes each brand wanted to 'borrow' from its namesake. ✓ Folklore, Myth, Legend & Fairytale comparison activity to familiarise students with different types of cultural stories ✓ The Olympian Gods worksheet ✓ Characters of Greek Mythology worksheet ✓ Art Object Analysis worksheet Purchase Issue 20 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Natural Disasters Resource Bundle
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Natural Disasters Resource Bundle

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Disasters: they rock our world, and they shape our history! Use the Natural Disasters Resource Bundle to engage your students in a study of natural disasters and their impacts on Australia and the world. Australian Curriculum Link: ACSSU075, ACSSU078, ACSSU096, ACHGK053 This resource is delivered as a 15 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging and detailed article entitled Australian Natural Disasters. ✓ Pre- & Post-Reading Quiz for assessing reading comprehension. ✓ Natural Disasters Glossary Builder encourages students to grow their disaster vocabulary each time they come across a new term in their study. ✓ Natural Disaster: Cause & Effect worksheet. ✓ Natural Disaster Investigation worksheet. ✓ Disaster-themed spot-the-difference. ✓ Disaster word search. Purchase Issue 25 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Mabo & Indigenous Land Rights Resource Bundle
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Mabo & Indigenous Land Rights Resource Bundle

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Who was Eddie Mabo? And what did he have to do with the land rights of Australia's indigenous population? Use the Mabo & Indigenous Land Rights Resource Bundle to answer these questions and engage your students in a study of the experiences of democracy of Aboriginal people after Federation, and the contribution that Eddie Mabo made to Australia and its history. Australian Curriculum Links: ACHASSK135, ACHASSK137 This resource is delivered as a 14 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging 700-word article entitled It's Mabo, It's Justice targeted at a 11-13 year old audience. ✓Indigenous Rights Glossary worksheet for students to add to during their topic study. ✓ Understanding 'It's Mabo, It's Justice' worksheet assesses comprehension of the text. ✓ Mabo: Who, What, Where, When, Why, How? worksheet asks students to consider questions from all angles and select one for deeper study. ✓ Government Policies: Indigenous Rights worksheet. ✓ Cartoon Analysis activity on the subject of terra nullius. ✓ Australian Flag Redesign activity Purchase Issue 22 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Gallipoli Resource Bundle
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Gallipoli Resource Bundle

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What was it like to participate in the Gallipoli campaign? Use the Gallipoli Resource Bundle to encourage students to approach this topic with empathy and respect, and gain an understanding about the where, who and why of the Gallipoli campaign. Australian Curriculum Links: ACDSEH095 This resource is delivered as a 18 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Emotive article entitled Stories from Gallipoli targeted at a 12-15 year old audience, compiled from real diary entires and letters by ANZAC and Turkish soldiers and nurses who were involved in the campaign. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above story to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- and Post- reading quiz to assess reading comprehension. ✓ Gallipoli KW Chart helps to obtain questions for inquiry. ✓ Mapping World War I guide includes a number of maps to help students locate and visualise where the war took place. ✓ Why Gallipoli? activity. ✓ Gallipoli Sensory Chart asks students to put themselves in the shoes of a soldier at Gallipoli. ✓ Gallipoli Terrain activity. ✓ Gallipoli/World War I Inquiry Planning Chart. Purchase Issue 14 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au
Irish Potato Famine Resource Bundle
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Irish Potato Famine Resource Bundle

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What was the Irish Potato Famine and why was it a major push factor for immigrants coming to Australia? Use the The Irish Potato Famine & Migration Push/Pull Factors Resource Bundle to answer these questions and engage your students in a study of early migration to Australia. Australian Curriculum Links: ACHASSK109 This resource is delivered as a 14 page PDF in A4 size. So, what's included? ✓ Dozens of ideas to introduce the topic, dig a little deeper and get creative with it! ✓ Engaging 900-word story entitled Rotten Potatoes: Escaping the Great Irish Faminetargeted at readers in Years 4 to 6, written as a letter from an Irish girl to her cousin in Australia. ✓ Glossary of unfamiliar terms found in the above story to build understanding and vocabulary. ✓ Pre- and Post- reading quiz to assess reading comprehension. ✓ Tri-level question guide about the above article. ✓ Celebrations Brought by Migrants research activity. ✓ Immigrant Group Profile research activity. ✓ In My Backpack worksheet asks students to determine what items they would pack if they had to leave their home and their country in a hurry. ✓ Immigration Restriction Act information and example test. Purchase Issue 11 of HistoriCool Magazine in print or digital format to use this resource alongside the coinciding mag: www.historicool.com.au