In this activity, students have to evaluate the impact of certain events during the English Civil War on the two sides. Beginning with the Roundheads they must decide how much each event impacted their fortune in war.
Print the graph on A3 size paper and cut out the events cards with one set per pair.
Once the students have done that for the Roundheads they must move the cards around the graph to show how the same events impacted the Cavaliers. As an extension I ask my students to think outside the box. For example how would these events impact on a peasant woman that worked for a Monarchist?
The aim to get our young people thinking about the effect the same events can happen on different people depending on their background and personal experience. It can also be used to discuss ‘key turning point’ and ‘to what extent…’ questions
Then I ask them to write up their findings in an extended answer using the P.E.E.L. structure.
Can your students decide what happened to the Mary Celeste and all of her crew?
In this lesson they will compare and evaluate 12 possible theories before deciding on the most likely scenario as the 'winner'. They will then justifying their decision both verbally and in writing. The lesson works as a knockout tournament, comparing two theories at a time. They must apply the background in formation presented to them along with the theories to come up with the most plausible answer. It is great for developing higher order thinking skills especially when they have to tease out the strengths and weaknesses of each idea. It also provides me with some fabulous display ideas using the students work!
The lesson contains:
- 23 slide powerpoint.
-12 Theory cards (on powerpoint to be printed off in handout mode and cut out - they are in colour and black and white to help you save some ink!)
- 2 page background information handout.
- 3 page detailed lesson plan
- Tournament structure handout (also on powerpoint in colour and Black and white)
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Have your students got what it takes to help save Santa this Christmas? He's lost his presents and the big day is looming.
Teach your students 4-figure grid referencing in a fun way with this full animated powerpoint lesson. Go through each step of working out a grid reference on the board or it can be printed out for individual use (I've added the same slides to the end of the powerpoint but without the overlapping animation so they are easy to print out and use. Then get the class to draw their own maps and then test each other's map skills. Great for AFL and Peer assessment activities.
The lesson should take about 2 hours in total but can be shortened or extended with a bit of imagination and group work. You'll also get some great display material out of your students - see the photo I've attached.
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These four resources contain information and activities based on Medieval and Tudor Christmas celebrations. The Christmas Past puzzle is a great starter or bell ringer where students have to work out the code and be the first to find three key facts. The Christmas that stopped the war tells the story of the 1914 Christmas truce the trenches. There are also some links to documentary clips as well as the written account and activities.
See them individually for a description in more detail.
MIddle Ages - Power and the People
What happened when the Peasants Revolted?
This lesson was designed to be taught after a full unit on the Medieval Black Death and it’s consequences, but works just as well as a stand-alone lesson. It can be used as a history lesson or even part of a topic on citizenship and taxation.
The Peasants’ Revolt 1381 saw the people of the South East of England rise up and attack London and the King’s advisors over unfair taxation (The Poll Tax).
The lesson begins with the causes of the Peasants’ Revolt and students must link them together and ‘make the middle box happen’. This is a good thinking activity to help students to develop their reasoning and explaining skills in history.
In the middle box is ‘The Peasants’ Revolt’. In the boxes on the outside are reasons why this happened. They could just draw a line from each cause to the middle box - this would be accurate but does not explain how some causes led to other causes. The children have to create a causation web linking the different reasons, in order. On the lines they have drawn they need to explain using ‘so’ or ‘because’ sentences. Students can use the same box as many times as they like for different causes.
FOR EXAMPLE: King Richard II was only 10 years old when he came to the throne in 1377, so he had advisors that the people did not like. In 1377 these advisors brought in the Poll Tax and everyone over 15 had to pay the same amount. This made the peasants angry and led to the Peasants’ revolt.
The students could also use the boxes differently and consider long term versus short term causes.
They web can then be used as a structure to write a full paragraph on the causes of the Peasants’ Revolt. (A P.E.E.L. structure encourages explanation - see my store for a PEEL writing mat resource)
Can your students beat the puzzle code and find out at least three key facts about Christmas in a particular period. This word code puzzle is about Christmas under the Puritans when celebrations were banned. It is an interesting topic as many people think that such devout Christians would have loved the season!
Students have to work out the letter/number code and fill in the paragraph accordingly. Four letter shave been given already to help start them off. I introduce an element of competition to keep my classes focused. Not only do they have to fill in the paragraph they must pick out at least 3 key facts and be the first to tell me as the teacher.
Keeps the students heads down and learning something!
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