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)
Thanks for looking!
This lesson is an introduction to the mystery of the Tollund Peat Bog Man and what happened to him. This lesson is designed to get younger KS3 pupils questioning evidence. They have to make a decision as to whether he was murdered, committed suicide or it was an accident. Pupils should work in pairs and the teacher drip feeds the information gradually to encourage pupils to form opinions and have them challenged. They then can present their decision to the rest of the class using the evidence.
Contains three worksheets, full lesson plans and a fully animated PowerPoint presentation like a news report.
In a bid to help our students think more like historians we set them various styles of question based on the sources in DBQs. These helpful little cards can be used with any document or piece of evidence in history. They work for any time period and help our students to address real issues of provenance and purpose.
I devised these initially to support the English GCSE OCR History syllabus followed in my school and to help prepare my students for any question that might come up in their end of year exam. However, they would be helpful to any student getting to grips with analysing sources and also how to write to write good answers with an analytical focus.
Excellent as revision aids.
You can print out the 8, two-sided cards. Fold them over length ways and the correct backing is with the correct frontispiece.
One side explains how to address a particular type of question and the other gives examples of sentence starters or good answers.
- Why was this source published?
- What is the main message of this source?
- Do you trust this source over another?
- How far do you agree with the statement…?
- Does the source prove that…?
- How useful is this source to an historian?- How similar are these sources?
- What could an historian learn from this source about…?
I had mine printed on yellow card and laminated for every student in my exam classes. They have proven invaluable to them as they practiced exam style questions in test prep and revision.
I hope you and your students find them as useful.
Can your students beat the puzzle code and find out at least three things that the Ancient Chinese invented? This word code puzzle is about the inventions of the ancient Chinese. It is an interesting topic and works well as a bell ringer or introduction to the topic. It also works well simply as a brain teaser for any topic.
Students have to work out the letter/number code and fill in the paragraph accordingly. Four letters have 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 or inventions and be the first to tell me as the teacher.
Keeps the students heads down and learning something!
This is a bundle of source-based worksheets and activities. Students use primary and secondary sources to investigate the methods of the Vietcong, the reaction of the American public to the war and why American public opinion turned against it after 1968.
Each sheet will take a lesson to complete.
This is an artefact handling lesson encouraging pupils to use objects as evidence about the past. Pupils ask questions in their groups with low and higher order question and question stems. Focus in the 'WH' questions for year 7. Pupils should make inferences from the evidence and 'educated guesses'.
You will need a selection of artefacts, they could be weird objects, coins, reproduction documents like ID cards etc.
Mixed ability groups work well for an activity like this. The groups can give feedback together or the groups can use 'ambassadors' who then feedback to their own group.