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Assessment Resource Centre (ARC)

  1. Years 7-8
  2. History (Mandatory)
  3. Activities
  4. Nile River Descriptive Report
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Nile River Descriptive Report

Grade Work Samples
End of Stage 4 (end of Year 8)
Grade A Kerry   Indra  
Grade B Frances   Lesley   Jo   Ashley  
Grade C Robyn   Chris   Shannon   Jamie  
Grade D Riley   Courtney  

Description of activity

Students are to write a one-page descriptive report of life along the Nile. They are an Egyptian official working for the pharaoh and have returned from a sailing trip down the Nile. Students have been issued with a descriptive report scaffold. The report should include paragraphs on the following: introduction, farming, wildlife, leisure activities, conclusion.


This activity is part of the Mandatory Stage 4 syllabus, Topic 2: Societies and Civilisations of the Past. Students are learning about the main features of civilisation in Ancient Egypt. They have investigated the Nile River as part of their study of the daily life of the men and women of ancient Egypt. The teacher has issued the class with a descriptive report scaffold and has explained the purpose of the task to the class.


A student:

4.1 describes and explains the nature of history, the main features of past societies and periods and their legacy
4.9 uses historical terms and concepts in appropriate contexts
4.10 selects and uses appropriate oral, written and other forms, including ICT, to communicate effectively about the past

Criteria for assessing learning

(These criteria would normally be communicated to students with the activity.)

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • describe the main features of the Nile River and surrounding activities
  • use historical terms and concepts appropriately
  • use the descriptive report scaffold to structure their answer.

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