Card Sort: Why did Spain go to war with England in 1585?

This outstanding card sort is designed to help students understand the political, economic and religious causes of the war between Spain and England in 1585. This fun and engaging lesson is suitable for the full ability range. On its own the card sort can be used as a starter, plenary,revision task, homework or main activity depending upon the ability of your class. However, I have also included a PowerPoint, with additional information, tasks and activities centered around the card sort so that it is a complete lesson.

When you purchase this resource you will be able to download a single page Word Document and a separate PowerPoint. The worksheet includes aims, instructions and sixteen statements to be sorted under three headings labeled ‘Political’, ‘Economic’ and Religious’, under which they can be sorted. The PowerPoint includes, aims, objectives, differentiated outcomes, starters, plenaries, information slides, links to video clips, tasks and activities to help support the card sort. Please see the detailed preview for more information:

The aims and objectives for this lesson are:

Theme: Elizabethan England
Know: Why did tensions between England and Spain increase in 1585?
Understand: What were the political, economic and religious causes of the war?
Evaluate: Which factor was the most important?
Skills: Source Analysis, Cause, Consequence & Collaboration

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: Why did tensions between England and Spain increase in 1585?
Explain: The political, economic and religious causes of the war with Spain
Analyse: Which factor was the most important?

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Created: Oct 22, 2019

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