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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