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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.
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 .
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.
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. This should NOT be used and set as cover work as teacher guidance is needed to facilitate group work and to ensure a higher level of analysis with the sources
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!
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.
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.
GCSE Revision War and Society Thematic overview OCR
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GCSE Revision War and Society Thematic overview OCR

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A revision overview for students to complete. It is made up of a chart which is broken down into the three eras - Medieval, Early Modern, Modern and all the various wars. There is sections for students to complete key events and then spaces for the impact on the people, the government and other impacts. On the back page there is exam guidance for Paper 2 OCR War and society for the 4 exam questions. I usually print this off as an A4 booklet. The fact that it is in eras, really helps students then pull across the themes for the significance 14 mark Question and the comparing and contrasting period 24 mark question…
Appeasement historical interpretations timeline GCSE History A level History
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Appeasement historical interpretations timeline GCSE History A level History

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This is a timeline with the historical interpretations for appeasement and the view points of the historians linked the events that they use to argue their viewpoint. It was created with my OCRA GCSE students in mind to help them with the process of understanding what events were surrounding the historians who were writing and what evidence they used to support their claims. My Year 11 this year have found it incredibly useful for learning the interpretations but also to help them revise effectively. I also believe that this would be very useful for A level students who are studying this period and need a brief historical interpretations overview. See also my Cold War historical interpretations.
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.
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.
GCSE revision after the Cold War and the rise of al-Qaeda.  OCR
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GCSE revision after the Cold War and the rise of al-Qaeda. OCR

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A GCSE revision lesson based on the OCR modern world A specification. This could also be used as a consolidation lesson. The worksheet works along side the ppt, giving students opportunities to work independently or in pairs, on tasks such as matching up events with the countries, mini mindmap on Bin Laden, a True and False quiz, a note taking exercise on the more extreme actions of as-Qaeda, culminating in 9-11, the lesson finishes with a youtube clip covering the USA’s response and their war on terror. There are also some sample questions on the ppt for students to complete.
OCR A _ Personal Rule _ Events leading to the Civil War.
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OCR A _ Personal Rule _ Events leading to the Civil War.

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A lesson designed for the Personal rule to Restoration unit which starts with a recap of why Englishmen were falling out with Charles I. It recaps the role of the three advisors - Weston, Laud and Wentworth. The lesson then develops in to the Long Parliament with a short task where students are asked to find a list of concessions which Charles I made. There is then a task for students to find out the short term causes of the English Civil War. Including the Irish rebellion, the Grand Remonstrance, The attempted arrest of 5 members, the Militia Ordinance, the commissions of Array and the Nineteen propositions. The War and Society text book will be required for this lesson.
New History OCR A revision activities - International relations
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New History OCR A revision activities - International relations

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A lovely lesson (could easily be several) lessons for GCSE students to revise the international relations unit especially for OCR, but would work really well with AQA and Edexcel modern world syllabuses. The ppt explains the variety of tasks - Various slides should also be printed out as instructions for each table. Some of the tasks are also on the slides, but others are extra attachments such as the explain away game and the timeline cards. This is a good way to keep yr 11 engaged and proactive during those last few lessons.
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.
Oliver Cromwell_Britain without a king_ Interegnum_ Knowledge Organiser.
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Oliver Cromwell_Britain without a king_ Interegnum_ Knowledge Organiser.

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This is a Knowledge Organiser (KOs) which covers the interregnum. As KOs, this 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 cue cards to show the challenges facing the Rump Parliament and Oliver Cromwell. Create a mind map to show how Cromwell dealt with all of the challenges (timeline) 3)Create a mnemonic to explain why the rule of the Major Generals was unpopular. Create your own quiz on this page to test someone else. 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.
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.
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.