Guide to Great History teaching

Guide to Great History teaching

A guide produced in association and in connection with teachmeet History Icons. This extensive e-book contains 20 things that great History teachers do. Compiled from personal experience but also academic research, the list is not exhaustive but provides a framework for some of the things those teaching History in the UK might do on a day to day basis. The e-book contains advice on introducing students to source analysis, the concept of historical interpretations and dealing with chronology. It also contains ideas on marking and assessment as well as various templates that could be used in class.
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History "life after levels" grade descriptors

History "life after levels" grade descriptors

A full pupil friendly assessment grid designed in 2015 for use with Key Stage 3 History students. Also includes a smaller version that can be stuck into the back of exercise books. Each column contains a question that ties in with a different exam skill (eg. interpretations, source enquiry etc). You can build your assessments around each question. The aim is to build in exam skills into the KS3 curriculum.
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Emily Davison Complete Enquiry

Emily Davison Complete Enquiry

Worksheet featuring a step by step enquiry into the death of Emily Davison - did she mean to kill herself? Use this youtube clip of her death for support in part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TH_r6-JpO9Q
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Nazi Germany Flashcards; Hitler's Rise to Power

Nazi Germany Flashcards; Hitler's Rise to Power

A collection of 16 flashcards covering the period between 1919 and 1934 in Germany. The flashcards include information on the Weimar Republic, the Munich Putsch, the Hyperinflation crisis, the SA, Goebbels, the Reichstag Fire, the Enabling Law and the Night of the Long Knives. Each card asks why each person or event was important. Students can use the flash cards for revision, quizzing each other or simply by placing them face down on the table and turning each one over in turn, trying to explain the factor.
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Medieval World Starter Activities

Medieval World Starter Activities

Two starters for students reviewing their work on the medieval era. Can be used towards the end of Year 7 to recap on prior learning. Both activities also contain the answers for easy self correction. Students simoly match the number with the correct letter. Activity can take between 10 and 20 minutes depending on how you decide to do it. Contains useful factual recall on Kings, Parliament, the Magna Carta, the murder of Becket, the Peasants Revolt and key dates. The second one focuses more on medieval life and leisure.
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Cold War Plenary and Revision Activities

Cold War Plenary and Revision Activities

Test students general knowledge of events, people and places from the origins of the cold war up to 1963 using these two revision activities. Students mtach the letter to the appropriate number. The teacher can then go through the answers with them (these are included in the document for ease of use). Each of the two activities can take anywhere between 20 minutes and 50 minutes depending on how much explanation and teacher input you wish to make.
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Guide to Great History teaching

Guide to Great History teaching

A guide produced in association and in connection with teachmeet History Icons. This extensive e-book contains 20 things that great History teachers do. Compiled from personal experience but also academic research, the list is not exhaustive but provides a framework for some of the things those teaching History in the UK might do on a day to day basis. The e-book contains advice on introducing students to source analysis, the concept of historical interpretations and dealing with chronology. It also contains ideas on marking and assessment as well as various templates that could be used in class.
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Power and Control Middle Ages Source Based Assessment

Power and Control Middle Ages Source Based Assessment

This resource centres around the following question - How useful are these sources to an historian in trying to decide who had the most power in the Middle Ages? It is perfect as a stand alone lesson resource or as an end of unit assessment. The resource contains - A set of 6 sources relating to the murder of Thomas Becket, the signing of the Magna Carta and the Peasants Revolt of 1381. The Assessment Question An adaptable/editable writing frame suitable for lower ability students.
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Appeasement Lesson

Appeasement Lesson

The resource contains - A powerpoint which includes a starter task which asks students to imagine a playground scenario as an analogy for international relations in the 1930's. It then details the countries and territories taken over by Nazi Germany and references Neville Chamberlain. There are also links to video clips within the powerpoint. The source sheet contains four sources and the accompanying grid asks students to analyse each source and decide whether it is positive or negative about appeasement. The resource comes with a complete lesson plan and a mini knowledge check plenary card.
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Source Skills Audit for History Students

Source Skills Audit for History Students

Students are asked to decide which statements are true or false and give reasons for their choice. Each statement relates to the analysis of historical sources by historians. This activity is perfect as an introduction to higher level source analysis at KS4 and KS5. Once students have completed in pairs (60 mins), you can then peer assess and discuss as a whole class.
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D-Day Fact Finding Activity

D-Day Fact Finding Activity

This fact finding activity on D-Day is suitable for any KS3 group. The pack contains the following fact files: - What was D-Day? - What happened on D-Day? - Where did D-Day take place and why? - How fierce was the fighting on D-Day? - How is D-Day commemorated? There are also some maps and factfiles on the key generals involved in the battle including Patton, Montgomery, Eisenhower and Rommel. With the factfiles are a comprehensive set of questions. Cut these out and use them as part of a "Quick on the Draw" activity. The powerpoint presentation can be used to structure the lesson. The lesson plan provided is an alternative to the activity here. It includes several other lesson ideas.
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Elizabeth I interpretations assessment

Elizabeth I interpretations assessment

This document contains four carefully selected sources accompanying the assessment question > "How far do you agree with the interpretation that Elizabeth I was successful in dealing with all of the problems of her reign?"
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WW1 Interpretations Assessment Task

WW1 Interpretations Assessment Task

The document comprises of two opposing interpretations of the causes of WW1. The first saying Germany was to blame and the second Serbia. The third source to help students is an image of the alliance system in 1914. The answer is worth 10 marks and contains grade descriptor for best answer. For full grade desciptors, see my "History life after levels Grade Descriptor" resource.
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Source Enquiry - Why was Julius Caesar assassinated?

Source Enquiry - Why was Julius Caesar assassinated?

This resource contains 9 carefully selected written sources which each give reasons why Caesar was assassinated. Students could be asked to move around the room, studying each source and deciding what reason it gives for the killing.
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History "life after levels" grade descriptors

History "life after levels" grade descriptors

A full pupil friendly assessment grid designed in 2015 for use with Key Stage 3 History students. Also includes a smaller version that can be stuck into the back of exercise books. Each column contains a question that ties in with a different exam skill (eg. interpretations, source enquiry etc). You can build your assessments around each question. The aim is to build in exam skills into the KS3 curriculum.
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USA Civil Rights fact files and Grid

USA Civil Rights fact files and Grid

Fact files covering Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks and the Little Rock 9. These are suitable for KS3 students and also contain differentiated versions. The second resource is a student enquiry grid. You could place the three factfiles around the room and ask students to fill in the grid. Complement this with video clips (see my profile for link to my website with free videos on this topic).
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British Empire colour coded timeline 1857-1967

British Empire colour coded timeline 1857-1967

A timeline showing all the key events that happened around the British Empire between these dates. The task asks students to shade/border each event in a different colour to show whether it is a political, social, international or event involving an individual or group. The second timeline shows the answers. This could be used as a task to start an entire unit of work or, perhaps more appropriately, as a revision exercise.
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World War One Bundle

World War One Bundle

SAVE 43% on these top quality resources! This pack includes - Causes of World War One Lesson Plan "MAIN" fact files (printable); exploring the four key long term causes of World War One Student table (ranking) Lesson(s) PowerPoint Video download: Imperialism/Colonisation Video download: The Alliance System Video download: Anglo-German Rivalry The Aces of WW1 resource contains 9 individual factfiles containing information about 9 different World War One flying aces from different countries including the Red Baron Von Richthofen along with British, French and American counterparts. Each factfile is individually designed with a couple of "shorter" ones for the purpose of differentiation. The resource pack on Int Relations contains a series of resources that can be used to teach this unit - Several maps and images that are perfect as lesson starters or as illustrations. Powerpoint presentations on the Crimean War and the Mehemet Ali Crisis. A blank map of Africa when looking at colonisation. An extensive set of key words for pupils to find the definitions (intro lesson). Several mix and match key word activities (match word with definition). Interpretations of the Causes of WW1 Assessment Contains an assessment question and accompanying sources
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Nazi Germany Bundle

Nazi Germany Bundle

This comprehensive resource pack contains interactive worksheets for students, full schemes of work and various high quality teaching and learning resources. SAVE 33% NOW!
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USA 1930-2000 Full Schemes of Work

USA 1930-2000 Full Schemes of Work

*UPDATED FOR 2015/16 Pack Contains USA in Transition 1930-2000 SOW (complete with workable hyperlinks) Black America 1930-2000 SOW (complete with workable links) Student Assessment Grid Assessment Plan Template
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