The Mail Coach to Doncaster, 1829

If you are looking for a lesson to inspire and engage your students, then this play designed to be read out or performed in lesson on the challenges facing a small group of travellers on the mail coach from Lincoln to Doncaster in 1829. During their adventure they discuss a number of topics from Catholic Emancipation to the joys of travelling by coach as well as Doncaster Races and the birth of the railways. This play provides run and engaging way of looking at how the Transport Revolution from 1750 to 1850, was changing British society. The play and the support materials that have been uploaded are suitable for the full range of ability in a mainstream secondary or high school.

Using drama role play or the medium of a play to explore detailed and complex ideas and historical situations can be a particularly effective tools for engaging students of all abilities. This resource was written to be used in a history lesson, but it is also suitable for use in an English or Drama lesson. To this end, I have created additional tasks and activities that could be used in those subjects.

When you purchase this resource you will be able to download a ten page Word Document which contains the play, as well as a eighteen slide PowerPoint Presentation. The PowerPoint includes aims, objectives, differentiated outcomes, information slides, historical sources, pictures, diagrams, links to appropriate video clips as well as starters, plenaries, tasks and activities to help support the delivery of the play. Please see the preview for more information.

The aims and objectives of this lesson are:

Theme: Transport Revolution 1750 - 1850
Know: What was it like to travel on a mail coach in 1829?
Understand: How was British society changing at this time?
Evaluate: How were these changes linked to the Transport Revolution?
Skills: Change, Continuity, Cause, Consequence & Collaboration

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: The positive and negatives of travelling by mail coach?
Explain: How was British society changing at this time?
Analyse: How were these changes linked to the Transport Revolution?

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Created: Oct 20, 2019

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