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M1nstrelResources was created with the mission of providing a range of high quality, ready-to-go and fully editable resources that teachers can depend upon, enabling hard-working teachers to save valuable preparation time to improve work-life balance.
The Development of Castles - How and why did castles change over time?
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The Development of Castles - How and why did castles change over time?

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This lesson looks at the development of castles from the earliest Motte and Bailey style castles to the sophisticated concentric castles of the 15th century. The lesson is aimed at students in KS3 and focuses on the main features of attacking and defending castles and how this influenced the development of castles over time. The lesson begins with an engaging starter which introduces the students to different types of castles. Students then acquire knowledge of how and why castles changed over time before moving onto the main task of the lesson. This is an active learning task which involves the students designing their own castle based on their understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various castle features. The final task involves students debating the effectiveness of their castle designs to evaluate the success of their creations.
Remembrance Day Assembly 2023 (PowerPoint & Script)
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Remembrance Day Assembly 2023 (PowerPoint & Script)

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This Remembrance Assembly 2023 is appropriate for students of all ages. The resource includes an 8 slide presentation covering the origins of Remembrance Day, the significance of the Poppy as the symbol of Remembrance, the continued relevance of Remembrance for people today, and ends with an embedded YouTube recital of The Last Post and 1 minutes silence. The resource comes complete with a suggested script for the assembly which delivers a 10 - 12 minute assembly.
The Development of Warwick Castle - Case Study
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The Development of Warwick Castle - Case Study

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This lesson is a case study of Warwick Castle which focuses on how and why this castle has changed over time. The lesson is aimed at KS3 students and begins with an engaging starter activity looking at some of the main features of attacking and defending castles. The lesson then involves a card sort activity looking at pictures, dates and text to build up a story of the castle’s development over time. Differentiated versions of this activity are included. A video clip and information gathering sheet helps students to build up more information before using this to produce an informative information leaflet for visitors to Warwick Castle.
Pearl Harbour - The War in the Pacific (Second World War / World War Two)
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Pearl Harbour - The War in the Pacific (Second World War / World War Two)

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This lesson is one of a series of lessons on the Second World War aimed primarily at students in KS3. Students are asked to consider why the allies wanted revenge on their enemies in the Pacific. The lesson begins with an engaging picture starter of a sinking ship at Pearl Harbour which gains student curiosity. The lesson then introduces students to a variety of source materials including video clip, pictures and written sources to gain knowledge about the start of the war in the Pacific, the Japanese enemy, and the treatment of allied prisoners of war at the hands of the Japanese. The lesson ends with students producing a piece of their own wartime propaganda encouraging support for the war against the Japanese in the Pacific.
Causes of the Second World War / World War Two (1-2 Lessons)
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Causes of the Second World War / World War Two (1-2 Lessons)

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This lesson is the first in a series of lessons on the Second World War aimed primarily at KS3 students and is expected to take between 1-2 hours to complete. Students are introduced to some of the main causes of this significant event of modern world history. The lesson can be delivered as a computer based research lesson or through a more traditional, classroom based lesson. In the computer based lesson students are directed to a series of informative websites and audio visual clips from which they can gather their information. In the traditional, classroom based lesson students use the information sheet resources to gather their information. The final task of the lesson requires students to demonstrate their learning through a choice of creative tasks which they must complete. This can include such things as creating a poem, song, role play or video. Responses from students so far has been excellent.
Living Under Nazi Rule: Set of 45 History Knowledge Revision Cards (OCR GCSE)
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Living Under Nazi Rule: Set of 45 History Knowledge Revision Cards (OCR GCSE)

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Test your students with this set of 45 Colourful Knowledge Revision Cards detailing 135 questions on the topic of Nazi Germany. The set of cards is ideal for students studying Nazi Germany units of study for any of the major examination boards but is particularly suited to the Living Under Nazi Rule unit set by the OCR examination board. Each card includes 3 questions on an area of the course and details the answers on the reverse so that students can test themselves. This is an ideal resource for classroom or home study to develop the knowledge needed to be successful in the examinations.
Why did the British want an Empire?
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Why did the British want an Empire?

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This is the first in a short series of lessons focusing on the enquiry question: ‘Was the British Empire an empire to be proud of?’ The lesson is fully resourced with a variety of activities including: A stimulating picture collage starter task. Links to video clip introducing Elizabethan explorers. Discussion tasks on competing views on exploration and empire. Card sort / diamond 9 activity looking at the various reasons why Britain wanted an empire. Written tasks developing the skills of explanation and justification using the PEEL technique of paragraph writing. Short knowledge quiz plenary.
Shell Shock in The First World War: The Case of Private Harry Farr (Top Seller!)
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Shell Shock in The First World War: The Case of Private Harry Farr (Top Seller!)

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This lesson explores the issue of shell shock in the First World War through an investigation of the case of Private Harry Farr who was shot at dawn for cowardice. The lesson begins with an engaging starter activity linked to the viewing of two short you tube clips. The lesson then goes on to investigate the case of Private Harry Farr through the transcripts of the court martial trial that Harry Farr faced in October 1916. Students decide whether they believe Harry Farr was innocent or guilty of the charges faced and try to convince their classmates of their viewpoint by producing a courtroom speech either prosecuting of defending Harry.
Dunkirk: Triumph or Disaster? (Second World War / World War Two)
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Dunkirk: Triumph or Disaster? (Second World War / World War Two)

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This lesson is the second in a series of lessons on the Second World War. It is a source based lesson including a full, easy-to-follow powerpoint presentation, 3 video links, a range of contemporary and modern sources as well as associated written and discussion activities. The lesson is aimed at students in KS3 and focusses upon the differing interpretations of Dunkirk. Students are asked to consider whether this significant event should be regarded as a triumph or disaster for the British. The lessons begins with an engaging starter task in which students are hooked into the lesson by looking at the trailer for the 2017 film ‘Dunkirk’ . Students are then briefly introduced to the background to this event and its presentation as a great triumph by the wartime government and contemporary media. The main task involves the study of a range of contemporary and modern sources before students judge how this event should be interpreted by modern historians.
Black History Month Display
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Black History Month Display

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This Black History display resource produces an eye-catching display that will cover a large display board. The resource includes 41 images of significant people and events throughout history ranging from individuals such as Olaudah Equiano to Barack Obama and from the Middle Passage slave ships to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A super display to get students interested in Black History and to spark interest and curiosity into these remarkable characters and events.
Elizabethans & Nazi Germany OCR GCSE History Revision Cards
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Elizabethans & Nazi Germany OCR GCSE History Revision Cards

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Super value bundle including 2 sets of colourful knowledge revision cards on The Elizabethans and Nazi Germany areas of study. The sets of cards are ideal for students studying Elizabethan and Nazi Germany units of study for any of the major examination boards but are particularly suited to the OCR SHP History B exam specification. Each card includes 3 questions on an area of the course and details the answers on the reverse so that students can test themselves. This is an ideal resource for classroom or home study to develop the knowledge needed to be successful in the examinations.
OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (USA, 1789-1900): How did the lives of African Americans change, 1877-1900?
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OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (USA, 1789-1900): How did the lives of African Americans change, 1877-1900?

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This lesson looks at the changing lives of African Americans between 1877-1900. The lesson begins with an engaging picture starter looking at life for African Americans by 1877. Following this, students select and categorise information on the various influences upon African American lives to build up a picture of life for this group of people during the period 1877-1900. Exam skills are developed when students are then required to consider an 18 mark essay style exam question. Focus is made on the use of second order concepts and a WAGOLL exercise supports student implementation of these when completing fully explained paragraphs using the PEEL technique. A final discussion based exercise gets students to consider how far African American lives had improved in this period.
Motte & Bailey Castles - How did William control England?
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Motte & Bailey Castles - How did William control England?

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This lesson looks at the various problems facing William the Conqueror as King of England following his victory at the Battle of Hastings. The lesson is aimed at KS3 students in Year 7 or 8 and looks at the earliest, Motte & Bailey, style of castle that William and his barons built around England to control the country. The lesson looks at the main characteristics of this style of castle, the reasons why William needed to build such structures, the advantages and disadvantages of these castles, and ends with a consideration of possible improvements that will be needed to make future castles more effective. The lesson includes an engaging starter task, a link to a BBC Teach audio visual clip, and a creative written task which asks students to consider the feelings and reactions of the local population to the invading barons.
Castle Development (Top Seller!)
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Castle Development (Top Seller!)

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This series of 3 lessons on castles begins with a lesson on the introduction of Motte and Bailey Castles to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The series then goes on to look at the various methods of attacking and defending castles and how this influenced the development of castles through the ages. The final lesson takes a closer look at castle development in a case study on Warwick Castle.
Why did the Allies win the First World War?
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Why did the Allies win the First World War?

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This lesson concludes a unit of work on the First World War and investigates some of the main reasons why the Allies were able to emerge victorious from the conflict. The lesson begins with an engaging picture starter and link to a video clip which conveys the feeling of euphoria experienced by the British at the end of this war. Students then consider some of the reasons why conflicts are won / lost before investigating the specific reasons for the end of the First World War. Students learn about factors such as the role that technology played in the war, the entry of USA into the conflict, and some of the main German mistakes that influenced the outcome of the war as well as others. The lesson includes differentiated tasks for higher / lower ability and concludes with an essay style question which focuses on improving the skill of explanation through encouraging the use of the PEEL technique of paragraph formation.
History Diversity Displays
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History Diversity Displays

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A bundle of 2 eye-catching displays focusing on the inspirational individuals and fascinating events of Black History and Women’s History. These displays are created to spark interest and curiosity into these areas of history and are a great talking point in lessons.
OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History: How did big business affect the lives of Americans, 1877-1900?
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OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History: How did big business affect the lives of Americans, 1877-1900?

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This lesson looks at the impact big business, growing cities and mass migration had on the lives of the American people between 1877-1900. The lesson begins with an engaging starter that requires students to analyse a political cartoon on the ‘robber barons’ and their impact on the American people. Following this, students produce a creative A3 piece of display work which looks at the affects big business, cities and mass migration had on the American people. The lesson then considers a possible 10 mark GCSE style examination question and develops students ability to explain clearly.
The Battle of Britain (Second World War / World War Two)
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The Battle of Britain (Second World War / World War Two)

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This lesson is the third in a series of lessons produced on the Second World War. The lesson is primarily targeted at KS3 students and begins with an engaging starter that looks at the death of Pilot Officer Peter Pease, a young 22year old pilot who died in the Battle of Britain. Students then go on to discover more about the bravery of this pilot through the account of Leutnant Roderich Cescotti, a German pilot who fought in the same battle that Pilot Officer Pease was shot down. Knowledge of this significant battle is gained through a range of historical sources before students apply their knowledge to answering an assessment style question which asks students to **Explain why the RAF won the Battle of Britain. **
Second World War Review Lesson
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Second World War Review Lesson

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This lesson is a nice review lesson once you have covered some of the main events and topics of the Second World War. The lesson is an independent, computer based research lesson in which students are given the task of producing their own museum exhibition. Students are given the chance to reflect on what they have learnt over previous lessons, delve a bit deeper into an area they are particularly interested in, and get creative to demonstrate their knowledge of the Second World War.