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'Special Non-Compulsory Research Topic'

This page is for any student at Lisarow High who is interested in perfecting or showing off his or her abilities. Read on to see some suggested research topics:

Whatever your class and/or talents - as an exercise in finding information,
show what you can find out about a particular topic.

You can use any books or internet resources to tell a story, do a biography, make up a newspaper, make a movie or cartoon, use mapping skills or whatever else appeals to you.

Have a chat with me if you need any help or ideas.

The format can be a Word Document, PowerPoint presentation, Printshop Magazine, brochure or whatever.

Not only will it be a very useful activity for your own knowledge but a way of refining skills that can be used elsewhere in your school career.

Credit will be given to any student prepared to attempt something that is not compulsory.

First Topic -"Genghis Khan":

Genghis Khan

Second Topic: "Witchcraft".

This is not compulsory but by golly gosh gee I would be impressed by the thought that
some of you had a go at fearlessly facing some stuff that shows how great you are .......

Third Topic: "Explorers"
There are many sources to draw on from ancient to modern times.

NOW - I thought only REAL KEEN students would be brave enough to face the

History Challenge:

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He Man Ready for Anything

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Xena About to Destroy the History Challenge

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Xena theme (long version)
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If you are Man or Woman enough for a Real Challenge then I have set some special tasks
If you have the necessary intestinal fortitude, try any of these:
At the moment, they can only be accessed at school at this site-
Please use your correct name and add your History class.
eg: JessicaAlba10H2

Each class winner gets a Good Note and the satisfaction of being The Best.


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History Challenge
For Year 8 Adventurers:

1066 Normans and Saxons
Death of Harold

Japan History Quiz
Samurai Archer
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Viking History Quiz
Viking Warrior
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Renaissance Quiz
The Mona Lisa
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For Year 9 Explorers
World War I Quiz
Diggers at Gallipoli
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Year 10 Heroes
World War II Quiz
Injured Kokoda Digger
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Year 11 Ancient History Archaeologists
Greek Drama Quiz
Tragedy and Comedy
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Year 11 Modern History Bandidos
World War I Quiz
Western Front

Year 12 Ancient History Desperadoes
Pompeii and Herculaneum Test 1
Pompeii and Herculaneum Test 2
Vesuvius Explodes 79 AD
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Below you will find some interesting Case Studies.

Case Study 1
Turkish Almanac

This is a page from a Turkish almanac to help people living in the Ottoman Empire work out what day it was.
There were Greek Christians, Muslims and Jews in this empire.
All of them used a different calendar to the rest of the world, which used the Gregorian calendar.

If the Europeans (Gregorian calendar) called the date 9th Dec 1898
The Greek (Greek Orthodox) date was 27th November 1898
The Jews calculated their date as 25th of Kislev, 5659
The Muslim year was in the 14th Century, the 26th Rajab 1316.
Find out the date for the entry above.The "Gregorian" date was the 20th April 1911.

You can use these sites to convert dates to other sytems :
For Muslim dates Convert dates to Islamic
For Jewish dates Jewish date converter

The Russian Orthodox Church used the Greek Orthodox dating system.
Why is the Russian October Revolution of 1917 some times called the November Revolution ?

Or, to calculate the year only, a mathematical solution may be possible. (Especially for the Greek date).

Answers to me, with your formula. You can use the discussion window at the top of the page
or the School "FaceTube" Thingy.

1st correct response for each year gets a Good Note and some Goodies from the Tuck Shop.
Plus The Glory !!!!!!!

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Case Study 2:

is the study of real Coins and what we can learn about the people and society of that particular time.

I will give you some examples and let's see what WE all can find out about them.
You will be able to add more information and help us build up as much knowledge as possible.

"It is the Journey not the Destination that has Value" - either Confucius or Mr Miyagi in "The Karate Kid"
(or I made it up)

Here are some hints on the study of historical coins:

1. See if the person on the coin can be identified . Often the name is on the coin or what makes it even harder ,
when it is partially evident from wear or erosion.
2. Remember that there are 2 sides to a coin -an obverse ,front or "Head" and a reverse, back or "Tail".
3. The dating scheme is often a problem . Not every society uses our modern dating scheme of BC and AD.
4. The way a ruler or monarch or emperor or whatever is shown can have some importance.
What type of image do you think they are trying to get across?
5. Many rulers like to give some of their many titles and what can be really difficult, just a letter or two that
hints at these titles.The people in those days knew what it stood for - but we can have problems.
6. Other prominent people such as co-rulers, wives, mothers and even good friends end up on coins.
In some cases these people end up the next ruler or are intended be the the next ruler.
7. Some images, especially on the reverse side of coins are symbolic of the nation or the person.
What type of images or values are they trying to get across?
8. The relative size of rulers, compared to other people is significant. Can you find any other examples of
coins that show the relative political importance of different people on the same coin?
9. What languages are the coins using? This can be important when one nation takes over another.
It is even harder if we don't know the particular language.
10. Are there any special identifying buildings, native animals or symbols of the capital city evident?
11. Are there any special religious significance to any images on coins?
12. What is the value of the coin? Usually coins rank in order of cheaper metals like copper or bronze to
more valuable ones like silver or gold.
13. Is this an "official" coin or not? Not all coins were "legal"
14. Coin collecting today is Big Business. Why do you think this has happened?
I was only looking at historical coins in this exercise and was amazed at the values of some rare coins.
eg: Why is an Australian 1930 penny such a treasure?
What examples can you find from much earlier times? Why? Here are a few sites that might prove helpful. You might find some better ones. Share what you learn.

Coin Terms
Coin terminology
Glossary of Terms
Coin World and Dictionary of Numismatics (obviously for collectors)
Some sites such as Ancient Coins are trying to sell reproductions of old originals or very
expensive real items.
Here is a site with a wide range of Roman Coins Roman Historical Coins

I hope this doesn't put you off but let's see how clever the students at Lisarow can be...

Put any information you learn next to the examples provided and be proud enough to give your name.
If you are a "shy person", that's ok - see me and I'll give you some code word or nickname.
Good luck and happy hunting!!!!!

Coin No 1
Augustus gold coin

No 2
Augustus and Augusta

No 3
Tiberius coin

No 4
Tiberius and Livia

No 5

No 6
Caligula 3

No 7

No 8
Claudius 2

No 9

No 10
Roman Coin

No 11
Roman coin 2

No 12
Roman Coin 3

No 13
Roman coin 4

No 14
Coenwulf Anglo Saxon

No 15
Saxon and Viking

No 16
Norman Coin

Case Study 3
a typical family tree

Case Study 4
Research Your Own Family Tree
A great place to start is the BBC site

"Getting Started on Your Family Tree" with some very useful starter

information at Family Tree Site

There are plenty of others , e.g. 'Geni'.
Ask your parents first if you get stuck as some of these sites can be time traps.
They can be expensive and promise superior searches of databases - mostly aimed at US citizens.

If you find a good (cheap) preferably free site - share it with us here!!!

Case Study 5: CarnoQuiz Trivia
(1st Correct answer gets a Good Note)

1) What battle had over 300,000 casualties on one side and almost none on the other?
Clue - a dam was deliberately burst to drown the enemy.
2) Name and nationality of biggest battleship in history

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Teach Me Something I Don't Know:
I know you guys are quite familiar with how to use computer technology .
If you have had a look at my site you can see how little I know about it compared to you, "the
computer generation".
Teach me something I can do or do better and not only will I be very grateful, I will give you at least a Good Note and
some other unspecified Credit.

(Postscript: this page has been proof-read & edited by David, Mr Carnovale's younger brother. You now owe me a bottle of wine.)