James I: Source analysis of his personality and character

This outstanding lesson is designed to helped students develop their source analysis skills by studying a range of primary and secondary sources that look at James I’s personality and leadership skills as King of England. It can be used with a range of abilities and can easily be edited to customised to suit the needs of your own students.Along with the PP, I have included a higher and lower ability version of the same worksheet to aid differentiation.

When you purchase this resource, you will receive a a higher and lower ability version of a two page worksheet. The higher worksheet includes nine carefully primary and secondary sources which span two pages of the worksheet and with tasks and activities. Whilst the lower version includes seven primary and secondary sources, the same tasks but with more support. You will also be able to download a PowerPoint with aims, objectives, differentiated outcomes, a snowballing and buzz and go starter, information slides, links to appropriate video clips, differentiated activities, plenaries, primary and secondary sources.

This lesson has been designed to help set the scene for the conspiracy theory around the Gunpowder Plot by asking why was James I was so unpopular and would need a Catholic plot to help improve his public image as well as to lay the foundations for the longer term causes of the English Civil War.

The aims and objectives for this lesson are:

Theme: Causes of the English Civil War?
•Know: Who was King James I?
•Understand: What can we learn about him from the historical evidence?
•Evaluate: Why was James I unpopular with his people?
•Skills: Source Analysis

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
•Identify & describe: The personality and character of James I
•Explain: What can we learn about James I from the historical evidence?
•Analyse: Why was James I unpopular with his people?

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Created: Mar 13, 2018

Updated: Apr 6, 2018


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