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Many history teachers are taking the opportunity of the new standards to introduce new topics. 

The intent of the new curriculum is to introduce inquiry based learning and some schools are making progress with this in the junior school but adapting inquiry learning to the senior school has different challenges. Inquiry learning involves teachers 'frontloading' information to 'set the scene' as it were and then allowing students to inquire into aspects of the topic that are of interest to them. With NCEA we are constrained that although students can inquire into the topic they must all arrive at the NCEA exam with appropriate information for the exams.

School History Topics

School History has liaised with a neighbouring school over the list of preferred topics generated for 2012. To engage students we will frontload the 'Racism – a history' topic 2.1 (Carry out a planned inquiry of an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders) and lead nicely into the Nazis and the Holocaust topic for the 2.2 (Examine an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders) and Black Civil Rights 2.4 (Interpret perspectives of people in an historical event of significance to New Zealanders) and the total information will lead appropriately into the 2.5 (Examine causes and consequences of a significant historical event) and the 2.6 (Describe how a significant historical event affected New Zealand society). The Vietnam topic is an alternative for the 2.5 & the 2.6.

School History will have appropriate assessments available shortly.

The topics below are based on the following plan for Level 2:

The year starts with a background of racism and then the topic is studied through the two lenses,  "Nazis and the Holocaust" and then "Black Civil Rights".

  • Racism – a history 2.1 Carry out a planned inquiry of an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders - Research folder - Eugenics
  • Nazis and the Holocaust 2.2 Examine an historical event, or place, of significance to New Zealanders - Warsaw Uprising et al
  • Black Civil Rights 2.4 Interpret perspectives of people in an historical event of significance to New Zealanders - Birmingham, USA
  • NCEA EXAMS 2.5 Examine causes and consequences of a significant historical event 2.6 Examine how a significant historical event affected New Zealand society
  • The Vietnam topic is an alternative for the 2.5 and 2.6 or 'extra' if time permits.

See also Year 11: "Origins of WWII, Black Civil Rights" pages and Year 12 old topics of "The Weimar Republic and the Nazi state" and "Vietnam" for more resources and learning and teaching ideas.