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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.
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.
Cold War Historical interpretations timeline GCSE and A level
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Cold War Historical interpretations timeline GCSE and A level

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This is a useful resource that shows the timeline of events and the basic history historians were using to write their histories. It covers the basic historiography to enable GCSE students to be able to examine the events that surrounded the historians and their view points. This is brilliant for the GCSE course OCR A Explaining the modern world, but it certainly useful as a basic or starter guide to historiography for A level students and is something that has worked great this year. See also the Appeasement Historical interpretations Timeline .
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.
American Dream revision tasks and resources
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American Dream revision tasks and resources

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Included are 9 revision tasks covering the Yr 12 unit for the AQA American Dream, Reality Vs illusion unit. The tasks encourage independence with own revision as they have choices, but also offers them guidance for support. These task will also be excellent useful revision for Yr 13. There are resources supplied for 6 our of the 9 different suggested revision tasks. The tasks range from planning essays, source work questions, quizzes, and card sort tasks. There are some red herrings - which should allow from some good discussion opportunities. The content covers, domestic including economic, political and social issues as well and foreign policy issues. I have used these in conjunction with my President chart overview - a separate document you can buy. Students complete the various activities such as - which policy which president? and Which Foreign policy, which president? which serves as helpful reminder, confidence boost, or a - "I really need to get stuck into some revision!" for students! A win win! This is tried and tested and worked brilliantly with my year 12 this year!
AQA AS American Dream Analysing a Primary source exam question
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AQA AS American Dream Analysing a Primary source exam question

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Contains a ppt which breaks down analysing Primary sources and the exam questions and an accompanying worksheet. The combination allows students to try and work through their own responses whilst supporting them if they are struggling. It is based on the extent of affluence in the USA by the early 1960s, so needs to be used towards the end of the yr 12 or first year of A2, where students will have obtained enough contextual knowledge to be able to answer the question comprehensively. As this source question is based at the end of part 1 I have NOT included the the "How to analyse Primary sources flow-chart" which I make reference to at the end of the ppt- it is hoped that students have already had some experience of constructing answers at this stage. However, the document can also be purchased if guidance is still required.
A2 How to answer Primary sources flow chart
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A2 How to answer Primary sources flow chart

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Hot the heels of my AS flow chart I have created a version for my A2 students and thought you would appreciate it. It is in line with the AQA requirements but with a little bit of tweaking it would be useful for any of the exam boards requirments for primary source analysis. Whilst not a restrictive formula, it does offer guidance for weaker students to follow an order to allow them to cover all aspects on the AQA mark scheme. It also works as a check list for the more able. This is subtly different from the AS version as there is no need for a judgment at AS, however the exam board does state that sources can be used and linked together where deemed appropriate and relevant.
Causes of Cold war. Revision tasks and questions. OCR A Explaining the Modern World
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Causes of Cold war. Revision tasks and questions. OCR A Explaining the Modern World

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This resource has a number of revision tasks on the Cold War period of the course. The task sheet is then followed by OCR specification style questions to help the students apply their knowledge to the questions. This is ideal resource can be used as a lesson resource to allow students to work independently whilst supporting their individual needs, or can be printed off and given as an aid to help them with their private study at home. This is 1/5 parts of the modern world element of the course. There is an overall pack which can be purchased covering all the units and the depth study of the USA 1945- 1975.
The rise of Hitler
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The rise of Hitler

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Suitable for year 9 this is a good lesson that introduces them to the idea of democracy and dictatorships and how one could lead to the other. There is a short video clip which will need to be stopped frequently and explained as it is quick and quite complex, but covers the topic brilliantly. The lesson has a couple of opportunities for students to evaluate their progress.
How and why did Hitler and the Nazis have total control of Germany by 1934?
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How and why did Hitler and the Nazis have total control of Germany by 1934?

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This is two lessons work which charts the rise of Hitler and the Nazis to total power over Germany by 1934 and the death of President Hindenburg. There is a worksheet with questions which follows a short video linked in the ppt and then there is a consolidation exercise where students are encouraged to write paragraphs explaining their knowledge and understanding of the events. There are a number of opportunities where students are asked to evaluate their progress and understanding of these events throughout the lesson. These will work as stand alone lessons, but they do follow nicely on from my first lesson Hitler and the Nazis rise to power - this covers the concepts of democracy and dictatorship and how Germany went from one to the other. These lessons are suitable for KS3 year 9.
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.
Framlingham Castle - OCR Who lived in a Castle like this?  .Historic environment 2018 syllabus.
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Framlingham Castle - OCR Who lived in a Castle like this? .Historic environment 2018 syllabus.

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This is the third lesson following the siting and overview of Framlingham Castle. This lesson tracks the history of the individuals who lived in the castle over the four phases. As there is lots of information - this has been done with the intention of trying to bring a bit of fun back to the GCSE course by them doing it in the style of Through the Keyhole! This could be done on an individual basis or as a class they could all complete a few of the personalities and then they could be photocopied. If there is time, a few students could be brave enough to do their own version of " Through the keyhole" and ask the questions..."who lived in castle like this?" A follow up task would then be for the students to put them all into chronological order.
OCR A A series of lessons on the Personal Rule of Charles I _leading up the English Civil War
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OCR A A series of lessons on the Personal Rule of Charles I _leading up the English Civil War

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Attached is a series of lessons covering the Personal Rule of Charles I to the start of the English Civil war. The lessons cover the beliefs of Charles and his royal prerogatives as well as Parliamentary privileges. The lessons show the development and growth of the political nation and shows how their beliefs and values were being challenged through the personal Rule of Charles. There are a number of activities including fill the gaps, quizzes, independent research, worksheets - all aimed at the OCR History specification. There is also a homework on the Grand Remonstrance which requires students to use sources to show how Parliament was divided the Grand Remonstrance. All lessons can be purchased individually. Whilst most of the lesson resources are on the ppt, a few activities require the use of the OCR War and Society text book.
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. This should NOT be set as a cover lesson, it needs teacher guidance through the analysis. 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.
OCR A Personal Rule - The Grand Remonstrance source work activity
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OCR A Personal Rule - The Grand Remonstrance source work activity

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This is just a brief task encouraging students to read the sources about the Remonstrance and answer questions on the back. The questions encourage students to use the evidence from the sources. The content covers the divisions that were emerging within Parliament about the Remonstrance and is a super start in allowing students to understand the complexities of the English Civil War and that it was not quite as simple as Parliament vs the King.
Causes of English Civil War Knowledge Organiser
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Causes of English Civil War Knowledge Organiser

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This is a Knowledge Organiser (KOs) which covers the short and long term causes of the English Civil War. Obviously as KOs, these only cover the absolute basics, however in conjunction with lessons and learning homework, the idea is that students gain valuable specific knowledge that they can then incorporate into their written answers. This KO could be used as a starter, recap, or as a learning homework that is then assessed in subsequent lessons. Some homework ideas that could be used along side this KO could be… Create 2 different revision (revision cards/ mindmap / mnemonic etc) to show how Charles ruled during his Personal Rule. Create a flow chart of the short term causes. Using the spider diagram on Tensions – recreate and give specific reasons for the increased in tensions between Parliament and the King 1629-1640. Create a mind map using the short and Long term causes of the Civil War. Don’t forget the key themes of tension!!! Quizzes on socrative The second sheet is exam specific criteria to help students identify the key skills for the GCSE Modern World A - Personal Rule to Restoration depth study.
Vietnam War Knowledge Organiser - OCR Modern World A
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Vietnam War Knowledge Organiser - OCR Modern World A

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Attached is a knowledge organiser that covers briefly the reasons for USA’s involvement in Vietnam. The tactics of both the VC and the USA, a timeline, reasons for loss of support for the war in the USA and the impacts of the war on the USA. The second page gives some suggested ideas on how to use the knowledge organiser within starters, plenaries or as homeworks.
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.
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.
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.