Author(s): John Barwick & Lauren O'Brien
History Now is an exciting new series which directly supports the Australian Curriculum History component. The information and supporting activities contained in the series will give students a sound understanding of the people and events that have shaped Australia's society, culture and landscape. The emphasis of the History Now series is Australian history in a world context. Students are introduced to a range of interesting characters and events, each of which has helped in some way to shape modern Australia. Students develop an understanding of the impact of major events on the nation as a whole, and on the lives of ordinary people. Information is presented in both textual and visual form. This enables learners to fully appreciate the information, and gives insights into the lives of people in the past. The stimulus texts include recounts of historical events, biographies, portraits, retrieval charts and tables, contemporary and modern maps, contemporary illustrations, photographs, timelines, breakout boxes, lists, journal entries and eyewitness accounts. Students respond to each text in a wide variety of ways. A mix of factual and inferential responses encourages students to think about the content in fresh ways and to relate the content to their own lives.