This is a short scheme of work (8 lessons) that investigates the most famous criminal in history.
It looks at various aspects surrounding the crimes (including looking at the victims, the police, why Jack was never caught and what was the impact).
It also includes an end of unit assessment in the style of the new GCSE (first to sit 2018).
This SoW features high quality resources (download 'Who was Jack the Ripper?' for free to see).
This took me many hours to put together so is a real bargain.
This lesson investigates the possible identity of Jack the Ripper. The pupils will look over the evidence and start to collate data to come up with a possible suspect. Pupils from this data can then try to draw a photo fit picture of Jack the Ripper. Very fun lesson which pupils found very interesting.
Jack the Ripper: The Infamous Letters
Designed for Key Stage 3, this is the fourth lesson in a unit on Jack the Ripper. Students explore each of the 3 famous letters that were supposedly sent by Jack the Ripper, ultimately leading to a detailed judgement following their investigation and discussions. Hyperlinked videos are included.
Complete in-depth set of lessons on Jack the Ripper!
Lesson 1 - Life in Whitechapel
- Exploration of what life was like in East End London and why this made Whitechapel the perfect place for ‘Jack’ to commit his murders.
Lesson 2 - Who were the Victims?
- Investigation of the murders and the different victims. Students try to identify any commonalities and form an idea of who the perpetrator was.
Lesson 3 - Who were the Suspects?
- Investigation of the different suspects believed to be responsible for the murders. Students reach a judgement after considering all the evidence.
Lesson 4 - The Infamous Letters
- Students analyse the 3 letters that were said to have been sent in to the police by Jack the Ripper. They will reach a judgement about whether they believe the letters, if any, were sent by the murderer or not.
Lesson 5 - Did the Press Make a Mess?
- Lesson examining evidence that suggests the press played a part in why the police were unable to catch Jack the Ripper.
This is a 6-lesson scheme of work which asks students to answer the question ‘Who was Jack the Ripper?’ using investigative and historical skills, such as usefulness and reliability of witnesses, understanding sense of place (Whitechapel), literacy and comprehension as well as making evaluative judgments about the killer. Students will be tested to use evidence and analysis to back up their theory of who Jack the Ripper was.
This pack includes the Powerpoints for each lesson and the 11-page workbook best printed as an A4 booklet. Students work through this, filling it in as they complete the investigation.
The 6 lessons are each explained below.
1) What Were the Conditions in Whitechapel in 1888?
This lesson allows the students to examine the conditions of Whitechapel and the lives led by those living there, including working men, women and children. We use an extract from Hallie Reubenhold’s ‘The Five’ for literacy reading, and students make a judgment about why Whitechapel was a ‘good place to kill’ and how the conditions would have made catching the ‘Ripper’ difficult.
2) Who Were the Victims?
This lesson is taught through the use of Rory Mcgrath’s Bloody Britain (relevant extracts provided). The students are given info on the victims and learn about how they met their fate. The students complete questions from the video and then independently make judgments so far what physical and emotional characteristics the ‘Ripper’ might have.
3) & 4) How Can We Interpret the Witness Statements and Letters?
This lesson is a double and allows students to examine witness statements from those who may have seen the ‘Ripper’ with the victims the night they died. Students use the descriptions to come up with a ‘profile’ of the killer, and can be challenged to asses the reliability of the witnesses themselves. Students will realise that it is hard to agree with each other on what the Ripper looks like. Students will also examine the 3 letters written by the ‘Ripper’ to assess his personality. They will break down the Dear Boss letter, examine the language used, then discuss the ‘From Hell’ and ‘Saucy Jack’ letters. They will make a judgment about what kind of person the Police should be looking for.
5) Who Were the Major Suspects?
This lesson will now examine 5 well known suspects (from real life). Students will study a short set of information and mind map the reasons for and against each person, from their professions, mental state, wealth, knowledge of Whitechapel and their deaths, which are very significant. Students will begin to take a side on who they think is the ‘Ripper.’ Students then study further evidence in a table and can connect different statements to the suspects, allowing them to re-assess their suspects.
6) Assessment Preparation & Writing
Students are asked ‘how far’ they agree with James Maybrick (suspect) being the ‘Ripper’. Students have a page to prepare before writing in class.
These are a set of resources used with year 8 pupils on the topic of Jack the Ripper. The pupils are introduced to the topic through the powerpoint and work in 6 groups to produce an information board one victim. Pupils then use all of the information boards to identify links between the victims, the killers methods and produce a profile of Jack the Ripper.
Complete lesson - All resources required for lesson are attached in the PowerPoint. This includes YouTube links in the notes and worksheets.
PowerPoint is self explanatory and lesson can be taught without adaptation.
AFL and differentiation throughout.
L/O To be able use evidence to decide whether or not the police were to blame for not catching Jack the Ripper.
I created this resource in order to use the documents from the National Archives
This is a collection of resources that can be used by KS2 children to investigate Jack the Ripper.
Set up your classroom as Whitechapel using the road signs, photos and victim information sheets.
The children can visit each 'road' to gather evidence and record it in their case note books. The pages for the notebooks are arranged so that 2 are printed per A4 sheet.
Finally they can create a profile for Jack the Ripper and identify his modus operandi.
The graphic details have been omitted to make it suitable for children.
Second lesson in a mini-SOW on Jack the Ripper. A good way to look at both causation and inference. Students consider a range of sources (image by Dore, documentary introduction, and huge assortment of information) to make inferences about why Whitechapel was such a good place for criminals. They can then attempt a scaffolded PEE paragraph on the subject.
A mini unit exploring the life of Jack the Ripper. Targeted at KS3 classes, each lesson is fully resourced with a range of activities to engage your students. Links to YouTube supporting material are included.
Lesson 1: Intro to Jack the Ripper
Lesson 2: The victims (could be a double lesson)
Lesson 3: The suspects
Lesson 4: Why the police failed
Lesson 5: Essay planning
A powerpoint and worksheet to enable students to explore the victims of the JTR casebook
Lesson based around group led activities to explore the 5 victims using the publisher fact sheet
Also a worksheet on possible suspects of the JTR casebook
Ideal to be used as part of a Jack the Ripper scheme of work, or crime and punishment over time. This bundle includes the effectiveness of the police force in the 19th century, how far the police were to blame for him not being caught, and why he was not caught,
Enclosed in the bundle is a Jack the Ripper mini scheme of work (4 lessons).
Next year I am intending to enhance this and make it into 6 lessons (jacks letters & source skills). Exam technique practiced is for the new spec (9 - 1) GCSE, AQA Paper 1 style questions.
Lessons include the following:
Lesson 1 - Introduction/Keywords/Literacy focus
Lesson 2: Victim profiles
Lesson 3: Suspects & exam technique 12 mark
Lesson 4: Why couldn't JTR be caught & exam technique 8 mark
All resources are produced to a high quality and attention to detail has been paid. Lessons follow the 4 part structure and follows the same consistency as my other lessons using familiar icons etc. Audio clips, video links etc are all embedded.
This is designed and has been taught to both Y7 &8 and has been their favorite lessons all year!
Excellent resource for study on Jack the Ripper, altered slightly to be appropriate and shows progress within a lesson. Great for an observation or interview. Can be tweaked in many ways to suit many classes. GCSE skills within.