Market Place Activity - Short Term Causes of the English Civil War

This fun and engaging market place activity is just the thing you need to develop your student’s higher order thinking skills on the short term causes of the English Civil War. This lesson has been robustly field tested in the classroom. It is suitable for the full range of ability and to add a bit of additional differentiation, appropriate slides have been ‘Ragged’ and you can also chose from a series of follow up tasks to suit the ability of your students. If you don’t fancy a market place activity, we have a number of different style lessons on this topic you can also download from our TES shop.

Once students have worked their way through one of the starters, the market place activity begins by looking at the challenges facing Charles I and setting the scene n 1640. Students can then review one of six information slides on the short term causes of the English Civil War. They can make notes into their exercise books or the summary tables that I have included as templates to be photocopied back to back.

Once students have completed the market place activity, they can then use the information that they have sumarised to complete a mind map activity. This can be followed up by completing a priority task in the form of a thinking skills triangle and an extended written answer which could be easily used for assessment. Or if you prefer, your students can use the templates that have also been included to write a speech for the MP John Pym, explaining why he was upset with Charles I in 1642. The choice is yours and this resource includes everything that you will need to look amazing.

When you purchase this resource, you will be able to download a twenty four slide Microsoft PowerPoint which includes aims, objectives, differentiated outcomes, tasks, activities, starters, plenaries, information slides and templates to help students summarise their learning. It also includes feedback sheets and a homework task. Please see the detailed preview for further information, but I have included everything that you would need to produce a fun and engaging lesson. Please see the detailed preview which includes most of the slides.

The aims and objectives of this lesson are:

Theme: The Causes of the English Civil War
Know: What problems faced Charles I in 1641 - 1642?
Understand: What were the short term causes of the English Civil War?
Evaluate: Who was to blame for starting the war?

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: What problems faced Charles I in 1641 - 1642?
Explain: What were the short term causes of the English civil War?
Analyse: Who was to blame for starting the war?

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Created: Nov 19, 2019

Updated: Jan 24, 2020

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