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.
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.
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.
An extensive lesson by lesson interactive resource for students studying or revising Nazi Society between 1933 and 1939. 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.
Share with students electronically - Perfect for GCSE History revision!
A self contained study booklet for Germany 1815-1848. The booklet includes information and tasks and can act as a guide for teaching and learning this part of German History. It was originally designed with A Level students in mind.
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.
Students are each given a different character card. They fill in the task sheet. They then move around the room asking each other the question "What impact has prohibition had on you?".
The pack also contains a power-point detailing the key features of prohibition including the anti-saloon league and a full lesson plan and progress check for students.
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).
Students take on the roles of individuals living in a German town in the 1930's, shortly after the Wall Street Crash.
Give each student a person and ask them to fill in the accompanying worksheet based on the information provided on their card.
Ask all students to walk around the room, exchanging information about their character and asking each other the question; "how did the depression impact you?".
Ask all students to feedback their findings.
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.
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
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.
1. Download and play the video to students. It outlines what the "Scramble for Africa" was all about focussing particularly on the role of Britain, France and Germany. Students could create a mind map whilst watching around the key question "What influence did the Scramble for Africa have on International Relations between 1870 and 1914?"
2. Give students the British Empire in Africa Grid. Students will agree or disagree with the statement: "British interest in Africa between 1857 and 1890 was largely strategic”. They will need copies of the source pack in pairs or small groups. They should study the sources and try to determine what they tell them about British motives. They should fill in their grids as they go.
3. Plan and answer the essay question: “British interest in Africa between 1857 and 1890 was largely strategic”
How far do you agree?
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.
A 1-2 lesson pack for the Causes of the Civil War in England and Wales.
A Kingdom Divided worksheet and differentiated version + glossary
Quick on the Draw activity (can be adapted) with video instructions
Starter PowerPoint with images and objectives
Venn Diagram activity (use "Causes of Civil war sort") and answers for peer assessment
Full lesson plan
The pack contains two famous paintings of the execution of King Charles but they interpret the execution in different ways. In pairs, students should use the list of features to identify which feature is in each painting (or both). Discussion can follow about which painting students feel is most accurate.