Can your students defeat the Axis Powers? Can they make the right decisions to win the war? Can they do a better job than Chamberlain and Churchill?
In this unique resource, students have the opportunity to study the real scenarios facing the allied commanders between 1939 and 1945. Playing the role of the British Prime Minister, the decisions they make could change the whole direction of the war!
The activity pack contains more than 10 historically accurate and detailed scenarios which play out one after the other. They include; The German invasion of Poland, the battle of France, the battle of Norway, the German and Italian invasion of Greece, the Dieppe Raid, Operation Torch, the battle of El Alamein and D Day. Students will go wherever their decisions take them with more than 45 different paths. They will pick up leadership points along the way and at the end, decide who was the best wartime leader! As a teacher, you can finish the process by looking at what really happened.
The activity supports historical enquiry by asking students to make decisions whilst providing the context around each event.
Teaching suggestion -
Print a number of copies of each sheet (perhaps print A5 to reduce printing costs!)
Place "all the 1's" together in one pile at the front of room, all the 2's, all the 3's and so on. You can distribute appropriate sheets from there.
Give students scenario 1 in groups. Students can move on whenever they make each decision. If they win/lose the war half way through, they can still carry on through all the other decisions.
Create a leadership points table on the board to kee track of how each team is doing and create an element of competition.
The pack contains 18 individual roleplay cards and an accompanying worksheet. Students are each given (or in pairs) a different character and fill in the worksheet. They then move around the room asking each other the key question "How did the Feudal System impact on you?".
As an extension, each card also contains a "secret task" that each student needs to complete.
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.
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.
Students will learn the main causes of World War One through this interactive resource.
The resource 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)
Video download: Imperialism/Colonisation
Video download: The Alliance System
Video download: Anglo-German Rivalry
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?"
This resource contains:
A powerpoint showing and explaining three propaganda posters (can be used to analyse with class).
A video tutorial where I explain and analyse several propaganda posters to explain their meaning.
A powerpint showing various famous symbols that could be used as a starter to get students thinking about different forms of propaganda and symbolism.
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.
A worksheet which asks students to study three primary sources and use them to explain what life was like on a slave plantation. There are five tasks plus an extension activity for students to complete.
A differentiated version of the resource is also included (text in sources has been adapted).
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.
A resource pack containing:
A list of genuine "cures" prescribed by Plague Doctors
A selection of more than 10 sources detailing the different consequences of the Black Death on Medieval Society
A selection of more than 10 sources detailing the different ideas people had about what caused the Black Death
A set of three simple sheets with selected key facts from the following units:
Hitlers Rise to Power
Life in Nazi Germany
Germany during WW2
Students should learn each set of facts in preparation for their GCSE exam. They could form the basis of a series of "points tests" in class for revision.
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.
This resource contains:
An 11 minute video tutorial where I explain the reasons for the Labour election victory in 1945, the subsequent policies they introduced and the establishment of the NHS.
An accompanying powerpoint.
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.
A collection of fact-files detailing different aspects of the fire of London. It includes; context of the fire, causes of the fire, impact of the fire, evidence of the fire, rebuilding after the fire and "fire fighting". The fact-files can be used in a marketplace activity and all instructions for this are in the powerpoint. There is also a lesson starter "secret picture" activity asking students to guess the picture and various other interpretations of the fire. The resource comes with a lesson plan.
An extensive lesson by lesson interactive resource for students studying or revising the Nazi Rise to Power in Germany between 1919 and 1933. Students can work their way through the activities within each lesson using the linked videos, interactive quizzes and other downloads. All the resources are self contained within the document.