Card Sort: Causes of the English Civil War

This interactive lesson has been designed by experienced teachers to fun and engaging to help students understand and analyse the causes of the English Civil War, through the medium of a card sort. It has been extensively field tested in the classroom with middle and upper ability students aged 11 - 18. We have also included a short PowerPoint with additional tasks and activities so that this activity could be used as the key focus for a lesson. If this resource isn’t suitable for your students, please do check out our other lessons on this topic.

When you purchase this lesson, you will be able to download a two page Microsoft Word document which includes a lesson objective, instructions, three heading cards labeled ‘Political’, ‘Economic’ and ‘Religious’ as well as 24 information cards that can be cut out and sorted by your students. I usually give out page one to my middle ability students and give out page two extended my middle and higher ability students. Page two also includes a thinking skills review triangle to help students prioritize which factor was the most important as well as a consolidation extended writing activity. The PowerPoint includes aims, objectives, differentiated outcomes, starters, plenaries and instructional slides for the activities in the card sort.

The aims of this lesson are:

Theme: The Causes of the English Civil War
Know: Why did the English Civil War break out in 1642?
Understand: What were the political, economic and religious causes?
Evaluate: Which cause was the most important?

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: Why did the English Civil War started in 1642?
Explain: What part did political, economic and religious factors play?
Analyse: What was the most important cause of the English Civil War?

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Created: Aug 13, 2016

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

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