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.
A 20 minute lesson designed for impressing an interview class, it keeps students focussed and puts the onus on them to take responsibility for introducing themselves to this important topic. This lesson would work as an introduction to the topic of the 'Cold War'. The starter activity is layers of inference around Bruce Russell’s 1945 cartoon, “Time to bridge the Gulch”. The 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. The 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.
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.
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).
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.
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 4 lesson mini-scheme, which could be used as an introduction to History for year 7 students - or for you, if you haven't taught History before! Lessons 1 and 2 give focus to Chronology skills and the importance of Chronology to Historians. Lesson 3 trains students to enquire into sources and evidence, and there is an optional homework task (which could help you to get to know students) included. Lesson 4 is a rapid fire tour through accuracy, reliability, facts, opinion and bias.
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.
Useful booklet to accompany lessons on the 'Hitler’s foreign policy and the origins of the Second World War' topic. Hope it comes in useful, and if you're using this along with some of the other booklets I have uploaded - I would suggest you get it printed in a different colour of paper!
Lesson that could follow trial and execution of King Charles I. Students are given a straight forward introduction to your main man Cromwell, they then work in groups to produce a drama (with their own scripts) of a breaking news story about Oliver Cromwell's actions. Students will need time to read the information they have been given, decide on roles, write scripts and rehearse. Students then watch eachother's reports and fill in an observer form. This could lead to an assessed piece of writing, debating on whether Cromwell was a hero or a villain when he ruled England.
Introductory lessons to the persecution and dehumanisation of the Jewish race in Nazi Germany, with a card sort of laws restricting the rights of Jewish people, and lesson 2 covers the boycott of Jewish shops, Kristallnacht and ghettoisation. When I use these lessons, I tend to finish lesson 2/start a third lesson with the first 30-40mins of Roman Polanski's "The Pianist", although with a disclaimer to students that some scenes are distressing.
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)
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.
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.
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)
One Ppt, 7 lessons! L1, British empire, excellent Horrible History songs (hyperlinked) with an optional vocabulary homework. L2, establishment of slavery, slave auction clip and worksheet to establish why slavery was deemed acceptable by so many. L3, Triangular trade, turn the classroom into the Trade Triangle with an information gathering activity. L4, will require either a clip from ep1 of "Roots" or "Amistad", students glean information about the experience of the characters and decide which experience was worse (capture or transportation). L5, slavery mythbusters lesson (premium resource - it was an Ofsted obs and interview lesson, it's really good). L6 and 7 Abolition (role of Wilberforce) and the Underground Railroad (could use Simpsons episode)
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.
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.
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.
Very simple PPT (auto circulating slides) of 22 paintings by British, French and German artists - depicting the trenches of WWI. This was used as a background to a Remembrance Day assembly, and shown (circulating) during the History HOD's description of trench warfare. The final slide was frozen and displayed during the silence.