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Content description VCHHK119

History / Levels 7 and 8 / Historical Knowledge / Middle Ages and early exploration
Content description
The role and achievements of a significant individual and/or group
  1. Vikings Show elaborations
    • creating a biography of Leif Ericson and the significance of the establishment of the colony in Newfoundland
    • outlining Erik the Red’s development of Viking settlements in Eastern and Western Greenland in 985 CE
    • comparing the artefacts discovered at L’Anse aux Meadows in Newfoundland (Canada) with Viking artefacts as possible evidence that the Vikings had discovered America 500 years before Christopher Columbus
  2. Medieval Europe Show elaborations
    • explaining the influence and dominance of the Catholic church on society using visual sources such as the Medieval illustration of Hell in the Hortus deliciarum manuscript of Herrad of Landsberg (about 1180)
    • explaining why Charlemagne was a significant figure in Medieval Europe, such as his expansion of the Frankish kingdom and his support of the Church
    • explaining the causes and symptoms of the Black Death and the responses of different groups in society to the spread of the disease, such as the flagellants (those who would whip themselves to be free of sin) and the persecution of Jewish people
  3. Ottoman Empire Show elaborations
    • creating a biography of Selim I or Suleiman the Magnificent in maintaining the strength and influence of the Ottoman Empire
    • evaluating the achievements of individuals, for example, Selim I in establishing the empire and capturing Jerusalem, or Suleiman the Magnificent in expanding the empire to Belgrade in Europe
  4. Angkor/Khmer Empire Show elaborations
    • create a biography of Jayavarman VII (r. 1181 CE - 1215 CE) and his influence in expanding the empire, expelling the Chams, territorial expansion, scale of the construction program in Angkor
  5. Mongol Expansion Show elaborations
    • creating a biography of Genghis Khan or Kublai Khan and there significant achievement of Expanding the empire, military success, codification of laws
    • creating a Venn-diagram to compare and contrast the achievements of Genghis and Kublai
  6. Japan under the Shoguns Show elaborations
    • creating a biography of Tokugawa Ieyasu Shogun
  7. Polynesian Expansion Show elaborations
    • examining reasons why the Maori used rahui to restrict the use of land and sea resources by individuals and groups
  8. Renaissance Italy Show elaborations
    • explaining the influence of the Medici family in Florence as bankers and merchants, and their patronage of the arts.
    • creating a biography on the role and achievements of significant individuals such as Lucrezia Borgia, Galileo, Leonardo da Vinci, Niccolo Machiavelli
  9. Spanish Conquest Show elaborations
    • creating a biography or a jigsaw on the significance of Columbus, Balboa, Cortes, Montezuma II, Pizarro
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