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I have been teaching history since 2002 and I have been head of History at a school for 10 years which sees many of my students opt for GCSE, A level and beyond. I am passionate about History being taught well, and believe that this largely stems from good resources (as well of course effective delivery). My lessons and various teaching resources are therefore produced with the intention of inspiring students to think for themselves, to be challenged yet engaged.

I have been teaching history since 2002 and I have been head of History at a school for 10 years which sees many of my students opt for GCSE, A level and beyond. I am passionate about History being taught well, and believe that this largely stems from good resources (as well of course effective delivery). My lessons and various teaching resources are therefore produced with the intention of inspiring students to think for themselves, to be challenged yet engaged.
Rise of Hitler questions for the Hitler's rise to power.
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Rise of Hitler questions for the Hitler's rise to power.

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A great activity for year 9 understanding the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. This can be completed as an extension activity if the content has previously been taught. There is a link to a youtube clip on the top of the sheet and the questions follow in chronological order. The worksheet covers everything from the depression to the various elections, the burning down of the Reichstag, Night of Long knives, and the death of Hindenburg.
Interpretation questions GCSE writing frames
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Interpretation questions GCSE writing frames

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This is a revision lesson specifically for the OCR modern World A syllabus that deals with the two different styles of interpretation questions on Appeasement and the Cold War. Having found that students find interpretations challenging, this activity, involves examining 6 sources, 3 on appeasement and 3 on the cold war and then analaysing them according to the two different styles of questions. Q3 Is this a fair interpretation? and Q4 which states, Explain why not all historians would agree with this interpretation. For each source there is a basic writing frame for both style of questions. With support from the ppt and guided questions, this activity should allow students to identify what they need to do for each style of question.
Framlingham Castle OCR A  Layout form & function: Study of the historical environment 2018
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Framlingham Castle OCR A Layout form & function: Study of the historical environment 2018

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This follows on from 3 previous other lessons (also available), but could be a stand alone lesson. Within this lesson there are 3 documents. A ppt, a word document which has the layout of the Framlingham castle ( I suggest having this blown up to A3) and a chart comparing form and function throughout the ages - this can be used as a tick sheet for weaker students and a chance to explain and justify for more able students. The ppt has a variety of slides that can be printed out for students to work in groups - or an around the room activity. Students will need to examine the specific key physical changes to Framlingham's form under the various nobility and then add the info or picture to the A3 word document. They should then annotate the layout with the correct century, to show how the castle's form evolved over time. The final word document is to be used to show an overview of the function of the castle and again to see how this evolved over time. Weaker students could tick the castle's use ie, as security, as an impressive home, or as a charitable institution, and more able students could give examples of justification.
Framlingham Castle  OCR A.  Overview of 4 key phases to its form. 2018 syllabus.
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Framlingham Castle OCR A. Overview of 4 key phases to its form. 2018 syllabus.

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This is 2 lessons approx, involving siting the chosen case study of Framlingham castle for the OCR Modern World A syllabus for 2018. This lesson develops into an overview of the changes to Framlingham castle's form and function. Included is a blank timeline and a ppt with lots of slides that makes the material slightly more accessible to learners than the text book. These can be used as a research activity to your liking - group work, research, or around the room collating, depending on your particular groups. This allows for appropriate differentiation - as the resources can be adapted. The timeline charts the key four phases of the castle as well as more specific changes to the form and function and the reasons why.
AQA History A level Coursework Primary and Secondary sources record sheets.
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AQA History A level Coursework Primary and Secondary sources record sheets.

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Attached is 1 word document that has a brief outline of the AQA A level coursework and 2 charts one for primary source analysis and one for secondary sources, I usually blow these up to A3 to allow students plenty of opportunity to thoroughly investigate the sources. For the secondary sources there is scope to push the students to thoroughly investigate the historiography fully.
AS AQA History - How to analyse Primary sources
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AS AQA History - How to analyse Primary sources

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Primary Source Analysis Flow Chart specifically for the AQA AS History specification but can be used for all primary source evaluations. An easy to use flow chart for AS students to help them meet the demands of the new Primary Source question for the AS AQA exam. The document helps weaker students formulate an answer helping them to structure their ideas, whilst offering some guidance and a checklist for more able students. It is complicated but it does work! The AQA exam question ask them to analyse the value of the source in relation to a specific question and then to make a comparison with another source about which offers the most value – in relation to the question. As part of this analysis, students are expected to comment on the provenance and tone (where relevant) as well as the context and argument of the period studied. For a top mark answer students need to be able to balance provenance, tone and context on their analysis of each source to provide a meaningful and substantiated judgement! It is tricky but this document helps students of all abilities meet the requirements being asked of them.
Hitler's Steps to WW2
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Hitler's Steps to WW2

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A simple chart for student’s to complete to show Hitler’s steps to war and the response of Europe (largely Britain and France). This resource then works brilliantly with the “Was the Policy of appeasement a mistake?” resource, as students are able to understand Hitler’s actions and understand why people changed their minds about appeasement.
The Boer Wars For OCR War and Society Explaining the Modern World A
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The Boer Wars For OCR War and Society Explaining the Modern World A

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Attached is a couple of lessons work on the Boer war. Within the ppt, there is a link to a super documentary available on you tube called Scorched Earth. There is a worksheet to guide students through the programme - with various activities for students to complete. There is also a supplied answer sheet for teaching staff. The lesson will requires students to have access to the War in Society text book by Hodder education. There is a worksheet which can be printed off for students to complete regarding the impacts of the war on British society on the ppt - once they have an understanding of the background. There is also an SEN version of this on the ppt. At the end there are some exam style questions linking to the various imperial wars as recommended by OCR.
NEW AQA American Dream A2 source work
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NEW AQA American Dream A2 source work

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A lesson examining the requirements for the AQA A2 syllabus the American Dream Primary source work. The lesson briefly covers what the students need to do for each primary source. Students can work in pairs or threes, they are to analyse their source (on the ppt - I would print and blow these up to A3). they are to spend 5/6 mins completing what they can examining content and argument, tone and emphasis, provenance and contextual knowledge. Students are then to swap their source with another pair and continue analysing another source. Ideally all pairs should have seen all six sources. Once everyone has seen and had ago at annotating the sources, these can then be collated and a set photocopied for all students to have a mini booklet of sample answers.
A Level  Mid Tudor - Elizabeth I revision essay support planning sheets.
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A Level Mid Tudor - Elizabeth I revision essay support planning sheets.

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Included in this bundle are 6 essay planning sheets. There are a number of questions - each sheet has one standard A Level question. There are then the key issues that need to be addressed in order to be able to successfully answer the essay question. - This is for the student to then complete. It should be noted that these form only a basis for student's knowledge to aid in student's revision and serve to help weaker students plan and identify necessary content. However, it can still be useful as a checklist for moreable students. Included is a completed answer example of Elizabeth's last years. I hope your students find them useful.
OCR History USA 1945-1975 Political activism Revision lesson.
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OCR History USA 1945-1975 Political activism Revision lesson.

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This is a whole revision session for OCR Modern world A USA 1945-1975 depth study. The lesson focuses on the political activism of the 1960s and 1970s linking to the Civil Rights movement. The lesson covers topics such as the women’s movement, Gay rights and the emergence of Gay pride, youth and student protests and hippy movement There is an interactive quiz and worksheet for students to record their answers and notes and a game at the end which enables students to discuss the role of each president’s actions during this time, evaluating their successes and failures.
AQA A2 LBJ's Great Society with Primary sourcework
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AQA A2 LBJ's Great Society with Primary sourcework

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This is a couple of lessons work. It starts with a recap and an overall research task to obtain information to assess how successful was Lyndon Baines Johnson's Great Society plans. Students are asked to produce a chart showing its successes and failures - there is a completed version included on the ppt which has a few examples. Following on from this, there is then a slide with some information about Sargent Shriver and his reasons for becoming frustrated with the Great Society. Some good Q&A could come from the statistic about the expense of the reforms against the cost of the Vietnam war. The second lesson uses the sourcework from the 2017 A2 AQA exam. Students are broken down into groups and asked to analyse their source in relation to the question and the markscheme - they are then to swap groups and share their knowledge about their source with other memembers. A homework task to write up their answers as an A2 answer is also included.
Revision Plan New OCR Explaining the Modern World History A.
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Revision Plan New OCR Explaining the Modern World History A.

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This is a brilliant guide to help students prioritise and conduct their own independent revision for their GCSE. This gives a break down of OCR's Explaining the Modern World History A, with the Depth study of USA 1945-1975 and Personal rule of Charles I, plus War and Society and the castle study of Framlingham castle. This document can of course be adapted to fit the various other OCR modules, as and where relevant. As the new course requires so much content, we have chosen to give this to our yr 11 at the start of the year to help them build up a bank of resources in preparation for the exams in the summer. The chart allows students to complete the chart to show how confident they are with certain topics, and allows them to go back and reflect on specific areas. The aim is for them to get to point (hopefully by May) where they can happily complete the green smiley face for all of the sections; showing that they are confident with all the content for the GCSE!
OCR War and Society:  The Elizabethan wars 1585-1603
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OCR War and Society: The Elizabethan wars 1585-1603

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This is a lesson which divides the class into groups and allows them to be creative with the vast amounts of evidence required for this course. Students are to all work as journalists to complete a newspaper on the Elizabethan wars. Each journalist will have their own jobs to complete, but the task is set so that should anyone finish, they can help the others complete their jobs and put together the newspaper. The ultimate goal is for each group to have completed their own newpaper of the Elizabethan wars and their impact on English Society. At the end of the ppt there is a GCSE 10 mark question which encourages students to investigate why Elizabeth chose to fight as she did.
A2 History AQA American Dream revision plan
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A2 History AQA American Dream revision plan

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An overview of the AQA Part 2 American Dream unit using detail from the specification inconjunction with other key content for students to revise. Students can assess how comfortable their knowledge is on a topic and date the appropriate, sad, middle or happy face. The intention is then for students to use this as a base from which to start to plan and organise their revision effectively. The hope being that they have moved most of their learning on from the red unhappy face to the Green smiley face before they sit the exams. This is brand new and I am about to give it to my students for the first time this year. The AS version for them them was very successful last year and I intend to give them a copy of that again - as they will need both for the new style A level exams.
Revision pack OCR Modern World International Relations with Russia.
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Revision pack OCR Modern World International Relations with Russia.

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Included in this pack are a variety of 4,6 and 10 mark OCR GCSE style questions, covering content such as the Origins of the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam and the depth study Russia. On some questions there is a model answer, others have guidance with support , others are blank for them to discover the answers themselves. There are plenty of opportunities for students to have a go at planning their short and essay style answers. These frames can them be used as a basis to write up their extended answers.
OCR GCSE War and society A lesson identifying the significance of war in medieval society 1290-1450
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OCR GCSE War and society A lesson identifying the significance of war in medieval society 1290-1450

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A lesson on Edward I. It covers the age of chivalry and the age of professional warfare. It examines 2 case studies as Edward I embarked upon his war in Wales and Scotland and then the hundred years war with France. Students are asked to complete worksheets and answer questions examining the impact of these conflicts on local, national, governement and psychological levels. The lesson draws together the key themes with a section on whether infact this period was an age of chivalry or an age of professional warfare. There are also some practise GCSE questions at the end. Attached is a ppt which has the resources at the end which can be printed off and completed by the students.
How the Tsar survived the 1905 revolution lesson and resources
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How the Tsar survived the 1905 revolution lesson and resources

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A super lesson that encourages students to identify the various actions and events surrounding the end of the 1905 revolution. The resources are within the ppt and can be printed off and used around the room for students to collect the information or used as part of a group task/ discussion. They are to discover the reasons why the Tsar survived and if he was strengthening or weakening the country. At the end students are asked to think about the short and long term impact of the Tsar's actions. This then leads onto a super assessment essay question - Did the Tsar's response to the 1905 revolution make Russia stronger or weaker.
American Dream Primary Source evaluation plan AQA AS/A2
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American Dream Primary Source evaluation plan AQA AS/A2

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A source from the Southern Manifesto document and an appropriate AQA AS style question that encourages students to evaluate the primary source in relation to the exam criteria of provenance, tone, content and argument. By encouraging students to break down and analyse the source in relation to these specifics, it encourages them to always formulate their answer with the exam criteria in the forefront of their mind. This is only one source and it is therefore worth mentioning that for AS purposes they would need a futher source which they must then compare and decide which one offers more value. For A2 they would need a further 2 sources but they are not expected to compare the sources. This document works well with the How to answer a Primary Source flow chart document - one of my other resources available.