This KS3 unit of work should take around 3 lessons to complete. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying resources included.
Aims and Objectives:
- To know the key facts about Oliver Cromwell- who he was and what he did.
- To use sources critically to learn more about opinions on Oliver Cromwell.
- To use our evidence to reach a balanced judgement on whether he was a hero or a villain.
Activities include a starter which uses the Monty Python Oliver Cromwell song to recall key facts. Students are then unknowingly issued with a set of either positive or negative sources to create a quick thought-shower and feedback before exploring the reasons why their ideas about Cromwell are so different. We then colour-code Cromwell’s actions into “hero” and “villain” before analysing a range of sources to consider whether they show him in a positive or negative light and how far we trust them. Students then complete an assessed piece of writing, using these sources and their knowledge to answer the key question “Oliver Cromwell: Hero or Villain?”. A writing frame is including, along with a mark scheme which assesses their knowledge/understanding, use of sources and judgement.
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The Stuarts: Full Unit of Study
This KS3 unit of study should take around 15 hours to complete. There is a Power Point included for every lesson which leads students through the activities and provides advice and guidance where required. In teaching/loose chronological order, the lessons include: - King James I, witchcraft and science - The Gunpowder Plot - Causes of the English Civil War - Events of the civil war and Charles' defeat - The execution of Charles I - Oliver Cromwell: Hero or Villian? - The Plague in London - The Great Fire of London, 1666 There are a great range of activities including discussion, speech writing, pamphlet making and formal assessments. The two formal assessments are the essay on the causes of the Civil War and a source investigation into Oliver Cromwell. Writing frames and mark schemes are included for these. For more details, please refer to individual lesson summaries.
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