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HISTORY MYSTERY: THE MARY CELESTE!
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HISTORY MYSTERY: THE MARY CELESTE!

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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) The last task is to write a paragraph explaining what they think was the most likely scenario based on what they have learned. **TERMS OF USE: ** This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches) All rights reserved.
HISTORY MYSTERY The Tollund Man Murder Mystery - Primary evidence detectives.
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HISTORY MYSTERY The Tollund Man Murder Mystery - Primary evidence detectives.

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Get your students thinking and working like historians with this lesson. I have used this lesson for several years as part of a project on developing history skills in my pupils. Students have to infer and reach a reasoned judgement based on the evidence. This includes primary sources in the form of artefacts and secondary reports. The class works in pairs to decide why and how the man found in the peat bog in Denmark died. They assess the evidence to decide whether it was: Murder Suicide or Sacrifice (you can choose the most appropriate option depending on the needs of your students) Illness/natural causes. The evidence is not given to them all at once, instead the teacher drip feeds it throughout the lesson. This is in a bid to challenge preconceived ideas and see if pupils will change their minds when faced with new information or sources. The last task is to write a paragraph or more (a bit like a mini DBQ) explaining what the different options were and what they believe happened to Tollund Man based on the evidence they have collated. There is a very basic outline that can be used if it is wanted but students are encouraged to write their views based on the evidence in their own way using PEEL. The final piece can be marked using the grade boundaries on the end slide. The lesson fits with the common core requirement for students to analyse, evaluate and consider causation. The grade boundaries/descriptors are skills based: i.e: identify, then describe then explain then evaluate at the top end of ability. The zip file contains: fully animated powerpoint Clues from the crime scene worksheet Answer table worksheet with choice of options ‘WH’ questions worksheet. Full lesson plan description This lesson is engaging and can be used as a stand alone or as part of a project on historical skills. It works very well as an introduction to History during secondary school transition at Year 7. TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. **This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. ** You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © Amy Hughes (MsHughesTeaches) All rights reserved.
HISTORY MYSTERY - Did Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison intend to die at the Derby?
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HISTORY MYSTERY - Did Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison intend to die at the Derby?

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The death of Emily Wilding Davison at The Derby in June 1913 was one of the key events of the Suffragette movement in the UK. When she ran in front of the King’s horse, Anmer did she intend to commit suicide or was she merely trying to break up the race in protest? This has interested historians for over one hundred years. This lesson asks whether her death was intentional or a protest ‘gone wrong’. Your students must gather the evidence and evaluate it to ultimately come to a decision on what they think. They then use this to write an extended piece supported by the evidence available. The lesson contains: 13 slide animated PDF presentation A full lesson plan A clue sheet Evidence graphic organiser. This is great lesson for developing your students’ historical skills as well as improving their knowledge of women’s history and the campaign for the right to vote. The lesson has also been edited to use the phrase ‘intentional’ rather than suicide as this word can be triggering for some people in our classes. TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © Amy Hughes (MsHughesTeaches) All rights reserved.
Who was Jack the Ripper? HISTORY MYSTERY
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Who was Jack the Ripper? HISTORY MYSTERY

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Can your students decide who Jack the Ripper was out of a cast of 12 suspects? In this lesson they will compare and evaluate 12 possible suspects before deciding on the most likely guilty person. They will then justifying their decision both verbally and in writing. The lesson works as a knockout tournament, comparing two suspects at a time. They must apply the background information presented to them along with the suspect cards 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 suspect. It also provides me with some fabulous display ideas using the students work! Update! Students can now click to read each suspect’s details on the screen. Save yourself the printing and easier for distance learning too!* The lesson contains: 23 slide powerpoint. 12 Suspect Information cards (on the powerpoint to be printed off in handout mode and cut out - they are in colour and also black and white versions to help you save some ink!) Information handout sheet on the five acknowledged victims of Jack the Ripper. 3 page detailed lesson plan. Tournament structure handout sheet (also on PowerPoint in colour and black and white) The last task is to write a paragraph, if you would like a framework for this you might like to check out my ‘P.E.E.L. PARAGRAPH LITERACY MATS’ The lesson is does not contain any graphic imagery, all photos of the victims are from when they were alive. But the written content on the victims, being as it is about a serial killer, is a bit gory. So I recommend this for high school more than middle school. TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. ©Amy Hughes (MsHughesTeaches) All rights reserved.
What was daily life like for enslaved people on a plantation? DBQ full lesson
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What was daily life like for enslaved people on a plantation? DBQ full lesson

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This lesson focuses on the primary evidence from the time to describe and explain what life was like for slaves on American plantations in the 19th century. The lesson begins with a desk jigsaw that the students must put together and attempt to work out the topic of the lesson. They then use the source material as a DBQ to identify, describe, explain and analyse. This works well to develop their historical skills. The lesson resources are differentiated by level of activity that match the respective lesson objectives and by the amount of resources they must use for the DBQ. You can use the same with the whole class or if you have a very widely varied ability level you can give out the relevant sheets to match each student. The top ability are encouraged throughout to consider a sources reliability based on the origin, nature and purpose. However, I think all students can begin to do this and evaluate the sources in front of them. ***Lesson contains: ** Simple lesson plan A 20 slide animated powerpoint with notes for teacher direction where needed. 3 differentiated source DBQs with differentiated tasks.
HISTORY MYSTERY - The Gunpowder Plot - Was Guy Fawkes Framed?
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HISTORY MYSTERY - The Gunpowder Plot - Was Guy Fawkes Framed?

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“Remember, Remember The 5th of November. Gunpowder, Treason and Plot?” Get your students thinking like historians and evaluating evidence. In this lesson students have to infer and reach a reasoned judgment based on the evidence at hand. This includes primary sources and secondary reports. The class works in pairs to decide whether Guy Fawkes and his fellow accused were guilty of attempted mass murder or if they were framed by the government at the time was an excuse to crack down on Catholicism in Britain. The evidence is not given to them all at once, instead the teacher drip feeds it throughout the lesson. This is in a bid to challenge preconceived ideas and see if pupils will change their minds when faced with new data or sources. They begin with a clip telling the traditional story of events from Horrible Histories. Then in 3 minute intervals more evidence is presented either not the whiteboard or on a sheet of clues. The last task is to write an extended piece (like a DBQ) explaining whether or not they believe the men were framed, innocent or (most may say) entrapped. The lesson fits with the common core requirement for students to analyse, evaluate and consider causation and consequence. It is designed for the UK National Curriculum and I have kept in the level descriptors as these may help you with grading your students as they are skill descriptors: ie: identify, then describe then explain then evaluate at the top end of ability. But if not they can be easily deleted from the slides. The zip file contains: 13 slide PDF presentation Clues from the scene worksheet Answer worksheet Uses a 3 minute clip Horrible Histories ( available on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMNOnYxhpOY) lesson plan description My classes have had great fun with this lesson. It can stand alone or be used a a project, for example on The Stuarts. TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches), 2016 All rights reserved.
HISTORY MYSTERY The Great Fire of London 1666 - Primary evidence detectives.
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HISTORY MYSTERY The Great Fire of London 1666 - Primary evidence detectives.

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This lesson asks the big question ‘why did the Great Fire of London Spread so far and so fast in 1666?’. Your students have to evaluate the evidence available to decide what they think was the biggest contributing factor. Students have to infer and reach a reasoned judgement based on the evidence at hand. This includes primary sources and secondary reports. The class works in pairs or groups to decide why the Great Fire of London was able to spread so far in such a short space of time. They assess the evidence to decide whether the main reason was: -Human mistakes, -Weather conditions -Housing -Firefighting equipment. The evidence is not given to them all at once, instead the teacher drip feeds it throughout the lesson. This is in a bid to challenge preconceived ideas and see if pupils will change their minds when faced with new data or sources. The lesson also works well as a station activity with the children moving around the room to gather information. The last task is to write an extended piece (like a DBQ) explaining what the different factors were and what they believe was the biggest contributing factor to the fire spreading in this way. The video clip that I use when teaching this is from the BBC drama Charles I The Power and the Pas The lesson fits with the common core requirement for students to analyse, evaluate and consider causation. The grade descriptors are skill based ie: identify, then describe then explain then evaluate at the top end of ability. The zip file contains: fully animated and annotated PowerPoint Clues from the scene worksheet Answer worksheet Full lesson plan description This is a fun and memorable lesson that can be taught as a stand alone or as part of a project for example on Stuart housing. I have had teachers tell me that they used this to create a whole day of historical enquiry. TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches), All rights reserved.
Vietnam Key Word Wall Display
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Vietnam Key Word Wall Display

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This display packet can be printed out in colour or in greyscale and used on a word wall in your classroom. I usually have mine on the wall in the shape of a giant ‘V’ to remind the students what the topic is! The packet contains 49 key words including people, places and events. Most of the cards contain a definition or description too and I have used pictures to illustrate some of the main words. These could easily be used a flash cards during test preparation and revision if printed on smaller paper. I hope you find this useful. ***************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. All rights reserved. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches)
Middle Ages: How did people FEEL before, during and after the Black Death?
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Middle Ages: How did people FEEL before, during and after the Black Death?

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This lesson aims to get students empathising with those that lived through the Medieval Black Death. They must put the events of the 1348 plague in the correct chronological order and then consider the emotions people would have felt at those different times. Each student has a set of emotion cards to hold up for each event. When I first taught this lesson I envisaged students holding up just one emotion card for each date and event but they surprised me with the complexity of their thinking and reasoning. Many students were able to use the emotions cards to explain how they might have conflicting emotions when, for example they hear rumours from the nearest town or when the plague has passed them by. Ultimately the students cut and stick the event cards in chronological order and then draw an emotion picture next to it to show how they would feel at each point. They should also write down AT LEAST one sentence explaining why they would feel this way. I use this lesson as preparation for writing their own historical fiction about the Black Death. It works well for character building and character motivation later on. It also helps students to think about cause and effect and the impact on individuals of major events. Lesson contains: 13 slide PowerPoint (print out as a handout to use the events slides as cards) 6 emotion ‘cards’ (one blank for the students to create their own) An example of student work to give an idea of outcome. Thanks for looking! ***************************************************************************** TERMS OF USE: This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. © A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches)All rights reserved.
Why did people go on The Crusades in the Middle Ages? INTERACTIVE POWERPOINT
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Why did people go on The Crusades in the Middle Ages? INTERACTIVE POWERPOINT

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If you’re looking for a fun and interactive way for your students to learn about the crusades this powerpoint based game could be for you. It’s based on the idea of ‘choose your own adventure’ games. They time travel back to Medieval England and find out the reasons why people went on the crusades to Jerusalem. Students have to navigate their way through the presentation making decisions on who they ‘speak’ to and what they read in order to answer the questions on the question sheet. The students then can use their discoveries to answer the ‘mini-essay’ question: Why did people go on Crusade in the Middle Ages? CONTAINS: INTERACTIVE POWERPOINT QUESTION SHEETS MODEL ANSWER SHEETS I have used this with my classes every year and they enjoy it a lot. It’s just a different way to learn the topic. If you have access to a computer suite it works very well as an individual or pair lesson but it easily be used in a teacher led lesson with the whole class. I have done this both ways and it has been successful. With older years (grade 7) it would work well as a supplement to a wider unit on the crusades. Thanks for looking. **TERMS OF USE: ** This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. ***This download MAY NOT be used in whole or in part on any distance learning course platforms including, but not exclusive to, Outschool or Udemy. You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing. ©Amy Hughes (MsHughesTeaches) All rights reserved.