Industrial Revolution - Inventors and Inventions

KS3 History resources: 50 mins-1 hour PP, worksheets, well differentiated.

These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last between fifty minutes and one hour each.

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A Key Stage 3, Year 8 observation lesson designed to test students’ understanding of the historical concept of significance by deciding which Industrial Revolution inventor’s face should be on the next banknote.

Differentiated learning objectives:

Gold: Argue why one inventor is more significant than another, justifying your choice.
Silver: Assess how significant an inventor was using Partington’s model of historical significance.
Bronze: Describe the key inventors of the Industrial age, explaining their impact on Victorian Britain.

A ‘hook’ starter designed to get students engaged with the topic, asking about the most important inventions in their lives.

An information gathering activity using five sources giving information about five key Industrial Revolution inventors.

A speech writing activity on the most significant inventor, with differentiated learning objectives.

A plenary for student-led sharing of ideas and a class vote.

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  • Inventors-PRESENTATION.pptx
  • Inventors-TABLE.pdf
  • Inventors-WORKSHEETS.pptx

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Created: May 9, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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