Starter Packs

Starter Packs for History Teachers

If you are new to teaching, taking on a new history subject or year level, or just want to enhance your understanding of a particular subject area, HTAV offers some key resources to get you started. All of these texts have been recommended by experienced teachers, academics and experts to give you the best start.

We recommend the packs below, or you can put together your own.

All new History teachers should start with The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts by Seixas and Morton.

Starter Pack: History Teaching

Book cover for the Big Six.

The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts, Seixas and Morton

Front cover of Historical Thinking for History Teachers.

Historical Thinking for History Teachers, Allender, Clark and Parks

Front cover of Place and Time: Teaching History, Geography and Social Sciences, second edition.

Place and Time: Teaching History, Geography and Social Sciences (2nd ed.), Taylor, Fahey, Kriewaldt and Boon

Book cover for Why Study History?

Why Study History?, Collins and Stearns

Book cover for Thinking Historically.

Thinking Historically: Educating Students for the Twenty-First Century, Stephane Levesque

Subject Starter Packs

These starter packs have been designed to offer broad and well-rounded snapshots of different subject areas in the History curriculum. So, whether you’re new to teaching the subject or need to brush up on your skills, these starter packs are for you!

Starter Packs for VCE

Starter Pack #1: Revolutions: Russia

Front cover of Reinventing Russia, second edition.

Reinventing Russia, second edition

Front cover for Reinventing Russia, third edition.

Reinventing Russia, third edition

Book cover for The Russian Revolution: A Very Short Introduction.

A Very Short Introduction: The Russian Revolution, S. A. Smith

Book cover for The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Russian Revolution.

The Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Russian Revolution, Harold Shukman

Book cover for Reaction and Revolution: Russia, 1894 to 1924.

Access to History: Reaction and Revolution: Russia, Michael Lynch

Book cover for the Big Six.

The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts, Seixas and Morton

Starter Pack #2: Revolutions: France

Front cover of Liberating France, second edition.

Liberating France, second edition

Front cover for Liberating France, third edition.

*COMING SOON! Liberating France, third edition

Book cover for A Short History of the French Revolution.

A Short History of the French Revolution, Jeremy D. Popkin

Book cover for The French Revolution: A Very Short Introduction

A Very Short Introduction: The French Revolution, William Doyle

Book cover for the Big Six.

The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts, Seixas and Morton

Cover for Liberty or Death: The French Revolution

Liberty or Death: The French Revolution, Peter McPhee

Starter Pack #3: Revolutions: America

Front cover of Forging America, second edition.

Forging America, second edition

Front cover for Forging America, third edition.

Forging America, third edition

Book cover for The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution.

The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, Bernard Bailyn

Book cover for The American Revolution, Writings from the Pamphlet Debate 1764-1772

The American Revolution, Writings from the Pamphlet Debate 1764–1772, Gordon S. Wood

Book cover for American Revolutions, A Continental History.

American Revolutions, A Continental History, 1750–1804, Alan Taylor

Book cover for the Big Six.

The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts, Seixas and Morton

Starter Pack #4: Revolutions: China

Front cover of China Rising, second edition.

China Rising, second edition

Front cover for China Rising, third edition.

China Rising, third edition

Book cover for Modern China.

Modern China (3rd ed.), Edwin E. Moise

Book cover for the Big Six.

The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts, Seixas and Morton

Book cover for China, 1839 to 1997.

Access to History: China 1839–1997, Michael Lynch

Book cover for China: From Empire to People's Republic.

Access to History: China: From Empire to People’s Republic (2nd ed.), Michael Lynch

Book cover for the Search for Modern China.

The Search for Modern China (3rd ed.), Jonathan D. Spence

Starter Pack #5: Australian History

Book cover for Girt.

Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, David Hunt

The Colonial Experience – Port Phillip District Victoria 1834-1860,
Richard Broome

Book cover for Welcome to Country: Youth Edition.

Welcome to Country: Youth Edition, Marcia Langton

Book cover for Aboriginal Australians.

Aboriginal Australians (5th ed.), Richard Broome

Book cover for A Concise History of Australia.

A Concise History of Australia (4th ed.), Stuart Macintyre

Book cover for the Big Six.

The Big Six Historical Thinking Concepts, Seixas and Morton