Continuum Exercise: Causes of the English Civil War

This outstanding lesson has been designed to help students assess the causes of the English Civil War by evaluating the decisions made by James and Charles I and how they affected their popularity. This popular lesson has been repeatedly graded as outstanding by Ofsted, LEA Consultants and SLT as it’s a fun and engaging way to develop students critical higher order thinking skills. This lesson is suitable for the full ability range.

Once students have worked their way through a selection of starters that you can chose from, they complete the living graph or continuum exercise. They can then colour code the information cards as either economic, religious or political causes. This is then consolidated by a thinking skills review triangle activity to decide which factor was the most important. Once these tasks have been completed, the final result could be used for an assessment or for an extended writing task.

When you purchase this resource you will be able to download a two page word document which contains the information cards and a twelve slide PowerPoint. The PowerPoint is designed to help facilitate the lesson and contains aims, objectives, differentiated outcomes, starters, plenaries, templates, tasks and activities. I have also included a lesson plan. Ideally, the continuum should be printed on A3 paper. For more detailed information, please see the detailed preview.

The aims and objectives of this lesson are:

Theme: Causes of the English Civil War
Know: Why did James and Charles I become increasingly unpopular over time?
Understand: What roles did politics, economics and religion play in causing the Civil War?
Evaluate: Which factor was the most important?
Skills: Cause, Consequence, Change & Continuity.

WILF - What Am I Looking For?
Identify and describe: Why did James and Charles I fall out with Parliament?
Explain: What roles did politics, economics and religion play in causing the Civil War?
Analyse: Which factor was the most important?

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Created: Apr 30, 2016

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

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