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.
Help your students improve their inference and deductions skills with these lessons. In these lessons students work in pairs or groups to evaluate the evidence and arguments given and reach a valid judgement.
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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)
In this centenary year of the success of the campaign for Womens' Suffrage, these resources can help you to teach your young people how it came about.
The resources included are:
- A 33 page test prep and study book covering the whole period from 1880 to 1918. Students complete tasks and, fill tables and answer source based questions throughout.
- A Suffragette Suicide? History Mystery gets your students to consider the aims of Emily Wilding Davison at the Derby when she was killed by the kings horse. They analyse the evidence to decide what they think she had intended that day.
- A PowerPoint on the experience son Suffragettes when they were imprisoned and force feed while on hunger strike. Include primary source analysis.
Take a look at the pages for each resource. Excellent all round resources to help your GCSE and A Level students understand and engage with this extremely important period in history.
This is a lesson about the presidency of George H.W. Bush 1989-1993. The skills objective for the lesson are to improve their evaluation and interpretation skills.
The pupils must create a criterion to judge President Bush Senior’s administration against.
They have to consider their own views, those of the two parties and put it into context of the time.
This lesson was taught as part of the WJEC History GCSE Route A Unit: USA 1929-2000. BUt would be useful for History and politics students at secondary level.
***Newly Added - RED SCARE WORD WALL/FLASH CARDS!***
This growing bundle contains 6 RESOURCES on key people and campaigns in 20th century USA.
Lessons included look at the presidencies of Herbert Hoover and Bush Sr, as well as the Civil Rights movement and The Red Scare.
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