- This lesson aims to explain how the Spanish planning of the Armada was flawed from the start. An analysis of the Commanders involved shows a plethora of mistakes made and how Philip decided to combine the plans of Santa Cruz and the Duke of Parma to placate the two and massage his ego as a superior naval commander.
- The deteriorating relationship between Philip and Elizabeth is analysed and compared to a pressure cooker – students have to decide which events manipulated Philip’s anger between simmering, boiling and exploding.
- A thinking quilt aims to challenge assumptions and evaluate the major weaknesses of these Spanish plans and their impact on overall victory.
- Students are finally required to write a practice exam question using the worksheets supplied and tips are given how to make sustained line of argument rather than tell a story of the commanders and Philip’s decisions.
- The resource is differentiated and gives suggested teaching strategies. It comes in PDF and Powerpoint format which can be amended and changed to suit.
- If you like this resource, please click here for lessons I have created for Elizabeth 1569-1603. Part 1 can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-gcse-history-9-1-elizabethan-england-1568-1603-part-1-elizabeth-s-court-government-and-early-problems-11922038 and Part 2 here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-gcse-9-1-history-elizabethan-england-1568-1603-part-2-elizabethan-society-exploration-and-the-spanish-armada-11971844
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