Source Analysis - Charles I's Personality

This lesson is designed to helped students develop their source analysis skills by studying a range of primary and secondary sources that look at Charles I’s personality and leadership skills as King of England. It can be used with a range of abilities and can easily be edited to customised to suit the needs of your own students. I have included a higher and lower ability version of the same worksheet to aid differentiation.

When you purchase this resource, you will receive a a higher and lower ability version of a two page worksheet. The higher worksheet includes nine carefully primary and secondary sources which span two pages of the worksheet and with four tasks and activities. Whilst the lower version includes seven primary and secondary sources, but includes three additional questions to provide additional support. If you are interested, I have also produced a PowerPoint to accompany this lesson which can be purchased bundled separately with these sources for an extra £1.

This lesson has been designed to help prepare students and set the scene for the short term causes of the English Civil War 1642 - 1660.

The aims and objectives for this lesson are:

Theme: Causes of the English Civil War?
•Know: Who was King Charles i?
•Understand: What can we learn about him from the historical evidence?
•Evaluate: Why was Charles I unpopular with his people?
•Skills: Source Analysis

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
•Identify & describe: The personality and character of Charles I
•Explain: What can we learn about Charles I from the historical evidence?
•Analyse: Why was Charles I unpopular with his people?

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