Scaffolding tools for history

Tara Wright
31st January 2019
scaffolding tools,history,support,source evaluation,source analysis,essay plans,ks3,ks4,16+,secondary history skills

Support your students' history skills with these source analysis tips and essay plan ideas

Interpreting historical sources and answering essay style questions are two key skills that are essential when studying any period of history in order to adequately prepare for GCSE history. We’ve selected these templates, prompts question scaffolds and exam question technique resources to help you provide learners with the tools they need to demonstrate their understanding and accurately address exam style questions.

Source interpretation and analysis support

History Literacy Help Sheet

A basic worksheet to help KS3 & 4 history students to improve their writing and source evaluation skills.
By rob258

History - NOP Reliability Mat - (helping students to become confident when questioning reliability)

This resource can be used to help students write about reliability.
I have used this to help both KS3 and GCSE students to start thinking about the reliability of a source.
By jordanbatters

Introduction to Source Analysis

An introductory lesson into how to analyse sources, ideal for Year 7, or as a refresher/recap lesson for years 8-9.
By CNette

Dice for Source Analysis in History Lessons

Very simple but spices up source analysis skills. Students create their die from the template and throw - when the die lands they have to ask the person next to them the question which is face up.

By Daniel Guiney

GCSE Edexcel History Paper 1 and Paper 3 Source and Interpretation Mat.

This resource is useful to print off for students in your department as a training tool as to how they should answer the source and interpretation questions in their Edexcel Paper 1 and Paper 3 exams.

I have produced two mats - one can be specifically used with the Crime and Punishment Whitechapel unit as it already includes options of evidence that students can use in the ‘follow up’ question. The other mat, this has been left blank so you can include your own list of evidence that students can pick from.

The other question types fit every topic for the following questions:
Inference [4]
Usefulness [8]
What is the difference between the two Interpretations? [4]
Why is there a difference between the two interpretations? [4]
How far do you agree with interpretation 2? [16]
How would you follow up? [4]

By RAResources

Source analysis grid

Source interpretation scaffold. Adapted and based on various different source grids.
By East Midlands History Teacher

Where to Start- History Writing Mat

A comprehensive writing mat for KS3 and KS4 History. Including help for students on extended writing, historical source work, historical interpretations, and teachers’ marking codes. This resource is useful used as a handout or stuck to the desks in a history classroom. Designed with the Eduqas GCSE specification in mind, but useful for all exam boards. Intended to improve literacy skills.

By NorthernHistorian

Source Analysis Scaffold and Checklist

This resource includes:

  • A writing scaffold to help guide students when writing a source analysis (including sentence starters)

  • Checklist to remind students of key information to include in their analysis

  • Three example sources (teacher to make question appropriate to student knowledge)

By tiarnacrichton

Supporting essay-style questions 

Edexcel IGCSE History writing frames

Used as an aid during revision sessions to assist some students who were struggling with how to structure their answers and which connectives to use.
By jonandwati

How to decode a history question

Guide for students to help them work out what is being asked in a history exam question and recognise the basic structure of the answer required.
[to help them write the answer, see 'how to help students write essays' on TES]
By anna jordan

History Essay Planning Template

This is a great resource that my teacher gave me to help plan my answer for those long 24 mark essays you get in the A level exams. It is brilliant because it ensures that you write a good quality essay (which I need practice with) so it has helped me a lot! Excellent essay planning resource:
By Lozzaa97

GCSE Edexcel British Medicine - Introduction to 16 Mark Questions

GCSE British Medicine Through Time
New Edexcel 2016 Specification

Full Lesson on introducing 16 Mark Interpretation/Statement questions
Lesson activities and resources included.
Part of Medieval Medicine topic as part of British Medicine

Please see my other lessons
Feedback welcome!
By MrThorntonTeach

AQA GCSE History (New Spec) - 16 Mark Exam Question

This lesson was created for a mixed ability Year 9 group studying the new AQA Paper 1D Specification, Conflict and Tension 1894-1918. It could very easily be adapted for other age or ability groups and alternate exam specifications.

Once you have this resource it will take literally just a few seconds to amend it for any 16 Mark Exam Questions you wish to use.
By katiekins1983

GCSE Edexcel 9-1 History Exam Technique Structures Booklet

A booklet which looks at each style of exam question on the Edexcel History specification. Alongside suggested timings, each question the following information:

  • introduction to the question
  • how to gain marks
  • example question
  • suggested structure
  • things to remember

It is based on the options that I teach, but it would be easy to change to other units.

By Lcu

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