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Year 9 lesson - Hyperinflation and Chaos in Germany
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Year 9 lesson - Hyperinflation and Chaos in Germany

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Lesson for year 9 which looks at the consequences of World War One, with a focus on the complex issue of Hyperinflation. Lesson continues from classwork on the Treaty of Versailles and explores what hyperinflation is and how/why it happened in Germany. This is a complicated issue to explain, especially to year 9 pupils and I have tried to include examples in the PPt to help do this, along with a video clip. This worked very well this year (this version is about my twelfth!) and worked for top, middle and bottom sets. The lesson finishes with source work exploring the wider situation Germany was in during the early 1920s. Sources are included in the powerpoint but easily substitute-able if required. Also attached is a source table for the pupils to fill in. Included are: Powerpoint Sources (within ppt) Source table I HOPE THIS IS USEFUL TO YOU. PLEASE LEAVE FEEDBACK OF SOME SORT, EVEN IF IT IS ONLY ONE LINE (!) AS I HAVE FOUND REVIEWS AND FEEDBACK HARD TO COME BY SO FAR!!
AQA GCSE Historical Environment 2018 - Pevensey Castle Lessons
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AQA GCSE Historical Environment 2018 - Pevensey Castle Lessons

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3 Lessons I used to introduce my class to the Historical Environment of Pevensey Castle and link it into their existing knowledge. Lesson 1 recaps on previous knowledge and gets class to think about the best locations for a castle to be built and justify their decisions. The lesson then looks at the site and building of Pevensey (I’ve tried to ‘drip-feed’ as many of the provided AQA sources as possible). There is a labelling task (I’ve tried to mix up the tasks as much as possible otherwise these projects can become very dry and lecture-like). Lesson 2 - focusses more on Pevensey and examines WHY William chose that particular spot. Pupils then look at why the Normans kept an interest in Pevensey and actually improved it. There is some group/paired work to begin with and then some comprehension work using some of the provided sources - I’ve tried to pick out the key bits from the sources and provide them in an easier-to-digest way - the sheets are all included for use/editing. Lesson 3 - works a bit as a recap/introduction to the events after William I’s death - this was useful for my class before their mocks and also linked in the idea of primogeniture. The task also then links back into the importance of Pevensey and why it was involved in the clashes between William’s sons. The lesson then looks at the exam question, how to approach it and I have given the class a few questions I think might be likely (on the ppt) and asked them to plan around them in pairs. All sheets referred to in the PPT are attached - As mentioned previously, I have tried to adapt the sources given to us by AQA into something more manageable - these can be used as they are or edited to suit. The textbook referred to in Lesson 1 is AQA GCSE History: Norman England, 1066-1100 by Helena Clarke. The Video referred to in Lesson 2 is from the BBC - '1066: A Year to Conquer England feat Dan Snow - We have a copy at school - should be available on the internet somewhere, if not, it can be replaced/missed out - the clip shows the weather and conditions William faced as the Normans tried to invade - it’s included in the lesson to again, try to mix it up a bit!
AQA GCSE History: Normans - Lessons 11&12 - Feudalism and Government
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AQA GCSE History: Normans - Lessons 11&12 - Feudalism and Government

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Created for the new AQA GCSE: Lessons recap on William’s attempts to keep control of England before focussing on the feudal system. Similarities and differences between the Norman system and the Anglo-Saxon are identified and pupils learn how William and the Normans used the feudal system to increase control. Homework and lesson 2 focus on the Norman use of military service and their systems of government (there is again some focus on similarities and differences). Key terms of primogeniture and feudal incidents are also covered. Lessons conclude with a ‘How convincing is this interpretation?’ question either for discussion or class to attempt. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. Textbook references: INVASION, PLAGUE AND MURDER - Oxford Hodder: Norman England 1066-c.1100 by Helena Clarke
AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism:Terror State
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AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism:Terror State

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2 Lessons looking at how the Nazis kept control of the the country via terror and control of the law courts. Includes information, tasks and consolidation slides once tasks are complete. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. References and questions relate to Oxford AQA History: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945
AQA GCSE History: Germany 1890-45 and Conflict and Tension Exam hint sheet
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AQA GCSE History: Germany 1890-45 and Conflict and Tension Exam hint sheet

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One of the most useful resources I’ve produced, I give this to all students for revision. This sheet gives the student a “bite-size” reminder of what is required for each type of question on PAPER ONE of the new GCSE Paper - this example is for in the Germany 1890-45 and the Conflict & Tension sections of the new AQA GCSE history exam. Easily adaptable for other topics on Paper ONE. PLEASE NOTE-I’ve been having real problems with the preview feature. To try and solve this I’ve had to space out the content in word (easily un-doable once downloaded!) I’ve also copied an example of the sheet (looking at question 1) below: 01 How does Interpretation B differ from Interpretation A about…………………�����……… Explain your answer using Interpretations A and B​​​​ (4 marks) For this question you need to compare what is in Interpretation B (the content) with what is in Interpretation A and explain how they are different. Don’t just identify differences – you must explain them. DO NOT explain why they are different – this is the NEXT question.
AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism: Lesson 9 - Money problems
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AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism: Lesson 9 - Money problems

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Lesson looks at the financial problems caused by defeat in the War and the efforts of the Weimar Republic to solve them. There are information slides and questions throughout the lesson to get the pupils to think of the problems certain potential strategies could, and did cause, in Germany. There are tasks and a short video (embedded in ppt) which look at inflation, a concept I often spend a lot of the lesson trying to explain! Lesson finishes with pupils looking at the economic impact of the Versailles reparations. Info slides are printable from ppt and the lesson makes use of the Oxford AQA History for A Level: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945 textbook.
AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism: Lesson 1 - Introduction
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AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism: Lesson 1 - Introduction

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Introduction lesson to the A level course for new year 12s. Lesson goes over the content of the first year of the course and introduces the exam question types with examples from a recent paper. Pupils are then given a brief introduction to Germany from the formation of the Second Reich, including a video on the Franco-Prussian War. Includes a research homework to continue the introduction to Germany and to some of the major players.
AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism: Lesson 11&12 - Coalition problems and Uprisings
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AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism: Lesson 11&12 - Coalition problems and Uprisings

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2 Lessons looking at the political problems faced by the Weimar Republic in their early years. There is some source work and then pupils study the idea of proportional representation and coalition governments. Class then look at the makeup of the first Reichstag and how the political situation fluctuated in Germany. There is then a focus on the risings of the Left and the Right in Germany, supported by videos and tasks on both the Spartacist Uprising and the Kapp Putsch. When looking at the Kapp Putsch the pupils also analyse a primary source (attached). Lesson finishes by focussing on the continued political violence existing in Germany…leading the way for the Munich Putsch Info slides are printable from ppt and the lesson makes use of the Oxford AQA History for A Level: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945 textbook. Freikorps info shee and Kapp sheet attached.
AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism: War Economy, Speer and Forced Labour
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AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism: War Economy, Speer and Forced Labour

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Group of lessons covering the wartime economy of Nazi Germany, focussing on the work of Speer and the use of forced labour. Lessons begin with a recap of the impact of the war on the different areas of German society - my class had done this work for themselves in the previous lesson so this was just a recap = can also be used as notes to be provided to pupils if time is short! Lessons then focus on the wartime economy, first before the time of Speer and learn how the economy was not prepared for a long-term war (links to previous economic unit). There is a video link to use as an introduction to Speer (can be set as a homework depending on lesson time) and then lesson looks at the work of Speer in more detail, also asking pupils to assess the role of Hitler in the economy’s failings. The work on Speer is complemented by source work on the value of a source. This then continues to look at the impact of bombing on the economy. Final task focusses on the forced labour and gets pupils to look at the issue from a Nazi perspective before asking them to complete a role play - this is then compared with the real events which the pupils were not made aware of until this point. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory and information sheet is attached References and questions relate to: Oxford AQA History: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945
Year 9 lesson - Dunkirk
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Year 9 lesson - Dunkirk

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Lesson looks at the ‘miracle’ of Dunkirk using video clips, comprehension and source analysis. Begins with a chronology starter intended to get class settled and show them the incredible speed with which the Germans were able to conquer mainland Europe. This is followed by a video and PPT explanation of the key points of Dunkirk, reinforced with a clip from the recent film. Comprehension task makes use of Modern World History for AQA: Core Students Book New Edition (AQA Modern World History 2009) - if not available this can be replaced by other source/video material. (task can also be replaced with another similar). Next part of lesson (can be made into 2 lessons if needed) looks at different interpretations of the evacuation firstly picture sources and then videos- one from a contemporary newsreel and another from the film Atonement. Class then need to analyse why the viewpoints are different. Lesson/s finish with newspaper headlines from different viewpoints and ideas for possible homeworks.
GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Focus on interpretation questions
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GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Focus on interpretation questions

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Sheet used for pupils to focus on the 3 interpretation questions on Paper One of the new GCSE. Sheet includes 2 interpretations, 3 questions with guidelines for the pupils on how to answer each question. This worked really well for my pupils and provided an good assessment of progress while giving them a helping hand. Sheet is easily adaptable for any interpretations
AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lesson 8 - League of Nations Special Commissions
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AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lesson 8 - League of Nations Special Commissions

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Lesson recaps the peace-keeping powers of the League of Nations before looking more at the strengths and weaknesses of the League. This is supported by an exam-style source question. Pupils then look at the work of the LON special commissions, both successes and failures. This is consolidated by their completion of a quiz (attached). Lesson makes use of the new Oxford AQA Conflict and Tension textbook (green cover)
AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lesson 12 - Impact of the Depression on the League of Nations
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AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lesson 12 - Impact of the Depression on the League of Nations

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2 part lessonwhich begins with an exam-style consolidation task, focussing on the early years of the LoN - this is basically looking at what the pupils have learned so far. 2nd part of the lesson is a comprehension exercise, examining the impact of the Great Depression on the League of Nations. There is also a revision quiz attached with the lesson which I use as a homework. Lesson makes use of the new Oxford AQA Conflict and Tension textbook (green cover
GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Effect of Depression on Nazi Popularity
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GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Effect of Depression on Nazi Popularity

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Lesson bridges the gap between the Weimar part of the course and the Nazi Germany. Begins by looking back at the ‘Golden Age’ of culture and then contrasts this with the effect of the Great Depression. Includes a revision quiz to set as homework before moving on to examining why people vote for extreme parties - then focusses on how the Nazis exploited the situation in Germany created by the Great Depression. Includes source work - examining the impact of Nazi propaganda and also making links between election figures and unemployment levels. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. References and questions relate to the old Oxford AQA GCSE History B textbook ‘Twentieth Century Depth Studies’.
AQA A-Level - Democracy & Nazism: Nazis consolidate power
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AQA A-Level - Democracy & Nazism: Nazis consolidate power

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3 lessons which look at how the Nazis consolidated their power after the Enabling Act of March 1933. Follows the theme of Hitler’s to-do list examining how the Nazis established political dominance over Germany; dealt with radicals within their own party and addressed the problem of Hindenburg and the armed forces. Includes information, tasks and consolidation slides once tasks are complete. Also includes some source work - addressing the value of the sources. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. References and questions relate to Oxford AQA History: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945
GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Kaiser Wilhelm II
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GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Kaiser Wilhelm II

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Lesson follows from the introduction to Germany by going over how Germany was run (recap works as its own exercise if you haven’t got my introduction lesson!) Class then see a short comparison of Germany under Wilhelm I before being introduced to his son, Wilhelm II. There is some source work to introduce the character of Wilhelm II, using the attached sheet before pupils have a look at an exam-style question for the first time on this topic (included in PPT). Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. Worksheet with Kaiser sources is attached. References and questions relate to new Oxford Germany 1890-1945 GCSE textbook.
GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Nazi rise to power (Depression to Chancellor)
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GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Nazi rise to power (Depression to Chancellor)

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2 Lessons which continue from looking at the Depression and make the link between Depression and Hitler rising to Chancellor of Germany. Begins by looking at 5 key areas of Nazi appeal and then examining how different social groups in Germany saw the Nazis. This then feeds into the story of the Nazis gaining power - using video resource to help understanding - examining the stages of Hitler pushing his way into the role of Chancellor and leaving Hindenburg with little choice but to appoint Hitler. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. Worksheet is included in the Powerpoint and is printable/adaptable. References and questions relate to new Oxford Germany 1890-1945 GCSE textbook.
AQA GCSE History: Health & the People - John Snow and Bazalgette
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AQA GCSE History: Health & the People - John Snow and Bazalgette

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Lesson(s) begin by looking at the impact of Chadwick’s work on public health in Britain and look at the Cholera epidemics of the 1800s. This buids in to examine the impact of the work of John Snow (video and individual work) and students learn why this still didn’t result in widespread improvement in public health. Lesson then looks at the impact of the ‘Great Stink’ and (via video and textbook) the work of Joseph Bazalgette during the ‘Great Clean up’. Concludes by introducing the Second Public Health Act of 1875. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. Slides can be printed for revision (I often get pupils to stick them into their books) Lesson makes use of AQA Medicine and Health Through Time: An SHP Development Study (SHPS)
AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism: Hitler & Backstairs Intrigue Revision Lesson
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AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism: Hitler & Backstairs Intrigue Revision Lesson

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Revision lesson looking at the Backstairs Intrigue which helped get Hitler into power. My year 13s (and current 12s) have found this topic difficult so I produced this lesson to go over the key players and to try and clarify. Lesson can be taught as a ‘lecture’ going over the major stages (Muller - Hitler) or can be used as notes for something more interactive. At this point, my class just want me to do the work so this lesson worked fine for that!! Covers: Muller Bruning Von Papen Schleicher Explains the behind the scenes ‘intrigue’ throughout. Notes are printable straight from the ppt and I’ve tried to present and write them in a student friendly style!
AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lesson 11 - League of Nations - Peace Treaties
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AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lesson 11 - League of Nations - Peace Treaties

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Lesson covering the peace treaties which were agreed outside of the League of Nations, including Locarno and Kellogg-Briand. Lesson includes 4 tasks - I usually put these up on the board and explain them and then leave the class to complete the tasks at their own pace - a welcome change for them from the previous teacher-led lessons looking at exam technique. Lesson makes use of the new Oxford AQA Conflict and Tension textbook (green cover)