A Ppt that covers potentially 4+ lessons on the Titanic disaster, building towards an assessment. Ppt includes an introduction to the Titanic, background activity, an analysis of James Cameron's version of the sinking (which will require clips from the film to be shown) and leads students to make their own decision about who was ultimately to blame for the disaster and loss of life. This short topic could end with an assessed piece of writing in which students make their own decision about assigning blame (an introduction to the assessment and differentiated writing frames are included).
Lesson could form part of the study of the Home Front during WWII, with focus on the topic of Evacuation and the experience of three evacuees. Simple introduction to the reasons behind evacuation with an accessible main activity that focuses on literacy and independent working. Would be perfect for a cover lesson, and the A3 sheet has two creative extension activities on the back. The Ppt also contains a link to a video of inner-city London Primary school students reading the letters of evacuee children of matching ages, which could prompt a discussion about how young people in our society would cope (better or worse?) with evacuation. Extension letter writing activity is also included on Ppt.
A lesson that could be used at the start or end of a Slavery topic in History. Lesson aims to challenge student misconceptions about slavery and emphasises the importance of challenging accepted 'myths' that people tend to believe. Extension activity included in the Ppt (not on the lesson plan) challenges students to write a paragraph justifying their view about whether 'myths about slavery hold any truth', with National Curriculum Levels and potential for Peer Assessment.
Two lessons (both of which were observed) introducing students to the need for rationing in Britain during WWII, and the way that rationing was marketed to the general public. To accompany the first lesson I brought rations of sugar, bacon, milk etc into school (in blank containers), which encouraged and engaged students to guess the amount of rations - although, I used a fake egg, to avoid potential disasters. The second lesson was a highly praised observation that engages students with team work, team captains and a creative challenge to create a propaganda slogan and poster of their own - the results are usually pleasantly surprising and often hilarious.
Lesson 1 is a straight forward introduction to the different types of soldiers who fought at the Battles of the ECW, and students complete information sheets and make judgements about the strengths and weaknesses of the soldiers. It could follow on from an introduction lesson about the causes of the ECW, although the starter sets up the idea of opposing factions and views. Lesson 2 is a group working lesson, designed to encourage students to teach eachother about the major battles of the ECW. This worked with a low/mixed ability year 8 class with support, and I have included a differentiated log sheet. Careful grouping would help students to support one another. An extension of completing a tension graph on the back of the log sheet is an option for more able students.
Series of 5 lessons (could take a little longer) on the topic of the Industrial Revolution. Lessons 1 and 2 are a simple and very visual introduction to the I.Rev, using a clip from the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony. An optional homework is included in this lesson (included at the end of the resources), although it is all about how the North of England was revolutionised! It could be easily adapted though. Lesson 3 delves into the problems that were caused by workers flocking to the cities from the countryside, and gives focus to group work and a map from memory. Lesson 4 is an excellent murder mystery investigation - which was originally from TES resources and I have only adapted and souped it up a bit. Students love coming up with wild theories and enjoy being repulsed by the "Mystery source" (Water from the Broad st. pump - actually a jar of water with gravy granules in it, looks revolting). Lesson 5/5.5 is an assessment, with preparation and AFL for students.
4 lessons for the mini-topic "Britain since 1945". Would suit higher ability year 9, 10 or 11 or could be used as a straight forward introduction to AS Level. Lesson 1 focuses on the fall of the Conservatives after WW1. Students gather information and rank the reasons they believed caused the post-WW1 decline of the Tory party. Lesson 2 aims to enable students to investigate the rise of the Labour party and the establishment of the Welfare State, as students will have to work together to extract information and support eachother. Lesson 3 mirrors lesson 1 and gives focus to the fall of the Labour Party, Clement Atlee's role and the years of Conservative power that followed, with an independent work sheet and the analysis of a cartoon. Lesson 4 recaps lesson 3, and the gives focus to the shift in teenage subcultures in the 1950s and 60s. Information gathering and potential to lead to interesting discussions of teenage subcultures today. Includes an optional homework to finish the unit.
Lesson that could follow on from Oliver Cromwell topic. The first lesson gives students an opportunity to consolidate the story of the demise of Cromwell and the unlikely rise of Charles II, with an activity on the subject of the Declaration of Breda. The second lesson gives focus to Restoration England and the changes brought in under King Charles II. (Students seem to particularly enjoy creating the invitation to his birthday party.) This then leads on to the Glorious Revolution, in which students create a simple comic strip of a simplified version of events during the GR, gathering the information from the Ppt which moves on and circulates without being clicked, which frustrates students intensely but does get them to focus on the story and help each other. - NOW with the 6 changes Charles II brought in!
Lesson that could be taught as part of WWII topic. Students are prompted to debate what causes wars, are introduced to the actions of Japan at Pearl Harbour and analyse Primary and Secondary sources. As part of the lesson, you could show a clip from a Japanese propaganda film, which was shown to the Japanese public following the attack, which could prompt discussion about the intention of propaganda. Additionally, one of the sources is a short clip from Michael Bay's "Pearl Harbor", which is available on Youtube. Plenary recaps starter question about the causes of war, with optional final slide of comparative images, the first being the destruction at Pearl Harbour followed by the flattened city of Hiroshima.
Introduction to and investigation into the destruction of Pompeii in 79 C.E. Straight forward carousel activity (print the instruction sheets and create four information stations for students to visit, they make a record of new information in their books). The instructions are differentiated into 'must', 'should' and 'could', but all tasks should introduce students to new and interesting information. Lesson could end with writing an 'eye witness' report, with a focus on using the five senses and using similes to describe. (For more Pliny gooness, this video clip is useful: https://www.awesomestories.com/asset/view/The-Last-Day-of-Pompeii-Pliny-s-Letter)
2 lessons building towards an assessed piece of writing - "Was the dropping of the Atomic bomb on Hiroshima justified?" Lesson 1 covers the end of WWII in Europe, and highlights America's role in WWII and the island hopping campaign - excellent video from Crash Course World History is hyper linked. Students will need to watch the BBC worldwide documentary on the dropping of the Atomic bomb, which should be available in clips on Youtube. Lesson 2 gives a significant amount of focus to AFL and preparing for an assessment, students work in pairs to analyse and level paragraphs and then create a bubble-map which will help them to come to an ultimate decision about the dropping of the Atomic bomb. A homework task is included, assuming that Lesson 2 will take a class over two (possibly 3) lessons.
Instruction sheets for major homework projects for students in Years 7 to 9. The projects could be set alongside the study of ancient Rome (year 7), the Tudors (year 8) and World War II (Year 9). Feel free to customise and adapt, especially the Year 9 homework proj (which mentions how my local area - Hebburn/Jarrow - was changed by WWII!), I just hope they might be helpful/useful as a starting off point.
Generic and adaptable table that can used alongside any episode of Tony Robinson's "Worst Jobs in History" series. Used with a low ability year 7 class and did require pausing the video to write job titles onto the whiteboard. Students enjoyed thinking carefully and making decisions about what may have been not so unpleasant about particular jobs, and how good it might have been to have even had a job at some points in History.
Lesson that accompanies Tony Robinson's "Worst Jobs in History - Tudor Times" video (available in 6 parts on youtube). The table can be completed by students during the video or they can gather the information afterwards (ppt slides would therefore need to be printed and passed around or put around the classroom). Extension activity on the back of the table and whole class vote and justification as plenary.
Lesson(s) that could follow on from English Civil War topic. Students are introduced to the idea of putting a King on trial, the main activity is then to recreate the trial, which has been divided up into 5 scenes. Students will need time to rehearse, make props and even learn lines - although I always let them use the scripts! Students then watch the whole play and fill in observer forms to put together the whole picture. Students can then decide/debate whether Charles ever had the opportunity of a fair trial. The lesson continues with Charles' execution, a worksheet to complete using source analysis and a creative final task. The execution clip is available on youtube, I usually show the Rupert Everett version (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPmSR--BktE) though the Peter Capaldi one is usable too (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqCFSg5xSw4)
An enquiry lesson on the topic of child labour in factories of the Industrial Revolution. The investigation should encourage students to question their assumptions about the role of children in the I.Rev. To create the information stations, print out slides 10 - 15.
A 20 minute lesson designed for dazzling an interview class. Would work with high ability year 9, or high to mixed ability year 10 class, on the topic of "An introduction to the Cold War". Starter is layers of inference around Bruce Russell’s 1945 cartoon, “Time to bridge the Gulch”. Main task is a 'Find someone who...' activity, which promotes literacy, individual and group work, and ensures that all students take responsibility for their learning and the learning of others. Extension task is included on the worksheet and in the lesson plan, and plenary task rounds back to the starter cartoon and any new comments or questions students may have.
Approximately 15 lesson Holocaust SOW (give or take, depending on whether you choose to show a longer clip from either “The Pianist” or “Schindler’s List”), including a SOW with LO breakdown, PPts and resources (mainly on Word, with one PDF). There are two possible assessments included - based on the new GCSE source questions and 8 mark question. Mixture of ideas, from fantastic things already here on TES and resources from the HMD Trust.
Booklet to accompany lessons on GCSE Unit 1, Topic 2: Peacemaking 1918–1919 and the League of Nations.
A series of 11 lessons covering the 'Peacemaking 1918–1919 and the League of Nations' section of Unit 1. I have split the lessons into three presentations, with PPT 1 covering the Treaty of Versailles, the aims and reactions of the 'big 3', the international reaction, PPT 2 covering the weakness of the Treaty, the formation of the League of Nations and its weaknesses, and finally PPT 3 covers the two international crises that crippled the LON and ends with a revision lesson, AFL of how to answer GCSE History questions and an assessment (a 4, 6 and 10 mark question on this topic). I have uploaded the booklet to accompany this topic in my free uploads, which is what the page numbers mentioned throughout the presentations relates to. I have found that students find having a booklet to annotate and keep notes in has been invaluable.