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.
This is a two page worksheet with information on the family dynamics of the Plains Tribes at the time of European expansion. It covers briefly how marriage worked in the tribes as well as the roles of parents, children and grandparents. There are 6 comprehension and thinking questions and a table to complete comparing similarities and differences to modern family life.
A simple and straight addition to any unit on the indigenous people of the Americas or a s stand alone lesson. May also be of interest to those studying world religions in RE as a comparison activity.
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 beat the puzzle code and find out at least three causes of American intervention in Vietnam?
This is an interesting way to introduce the topic of the conflict in Vietnam. It is also perfect as a bell ringer or as home work.It is an interesting topic and works well as a bell ringer or introduction to the topic. The paragraph students must decipher includes the domino theory, the weakness of President Diem and the initial civil war.
Students have to work out the letter/number code and fill in the paragraph accordingly. Each letter of the alphabet has been randomly assigned a number. The students must use the four already provided to try and work out what the rest says.
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 right until the end of term!
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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)