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JFK Assassination - 18 page lesson pack

JFK Assassination - 18 page lesson pack

This is one of my most detailed resources. Students are given a pack of 15 large information cards offering information as to how and why President Kennedy was assassinated and are encouraged to write their findings on the mystery sheets provided at the end of the pack. This is one of my very best lessons and has been designed to encourage students to think, question, collaborate and take risks. During this lesson students will explore the possibility that there was more to JFK’s death than the lone gunman theory and will offer alternatives using precisely selected evidence. I really look forward to delivering this lesson each year and who knows, if President Trump releases the remaining JFK files the mystery could widen! I really hope you enjoy teaching this topic and that you find it gets your students truly acting as young Historians should.
danguiney
JFK Assassination - 18 page lesson pack

JFK Assassination - 18 page lesson pack

This is one of my most detailed resources. Students are given a pack of 15 large information cards offering information as to how and why President Kennedy was assassinated and are encouraged to write their findings on the mystery sheets provided at the end of the pack. This is one of my very best lessons and has been designed to encourage students to think, question, collaborate and take risks. During this lesson students will explore the possibility that there was more to JFK’s death than the lone gunman theory and will offer alternatives using precisely selected evidence. I really look forward to delivering this lesson each year and who knows, if President Trump releases the remaining JFK files the mystery could widen! I really hope you enjoy teaching this topic and that you find it gets your students truly acting as young Historians should.
danguiney
Opium Wars' Impact - 20 page lesson pack

Opium Wars' Impact - 20 page lesson pack

This is one of my most detailed lessons and one which students love. After a quick starter activity about the significance of the poppy in British-Chinese relations the class read detailed background notes before being issued one of 23 character cards. These range from tea-magnate Thomas Twining to Confucius! In role the students then extract evidence which their character might use to explain how China became to be ruled by foreigners after the Opium Wars. I always follow this up with either a piece of extended writing or even better a debate. Please watch the short video clip attached to see this lesson in action. The lesson includes a separate plenary Power Point also. I hope your students will gain as much from this lesson as I know mine always do. Enjoy!
danguiney
Trench conditions - 14 page lesson pack

Trench conditions - 14 page lesson pack

In this lesson students read through detailed background knowledge before completing a card sort activity to explain both the terrible aspects of the conflict as well as some of the more positive elements. This is a great lesson because the level of depth and detail acquired is top notch and because it offers students the opportunity to review two sides of an argument. It leads in really nicely to a piece of written or assessed work and I hope your students get as much from it as mine always do. The lesson includes two copies of a 25-piece evidence sort, one of which is colour-coded for students who require additional support.
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Causes of WW2 in Europe - 6 page/8 slide lesson pack

Causes of WW2 in Europe - 6 page/8 slide lesson pack

Students read through the background notes before using this knowledge to help them create a physical timeline in the form of a road map. Click the link to watch just how powerful a teaching strategy this can be for raising chronological awareness as well as boosting subject knowledge significantly. I hope your students enjoy the lesson as much as mine do!
danguiney
League of Nations in the 1920s - 8 page lesson pack

League of Nations in the 1920s - 8 page lesson pack

In this lesson your students will read through background knowledge before using this to complete a chronological card sort activity. I hope your students get as much out of it as I know mine do. Leads in ever so nicely to my follow up lessons on failures of the 1930s and allows for students to give more textured and two-sided responses.
danguiney
League of Nations reasons for failure - 8 page lesson pack

League of Nations reasons for failure - 8 page lesson pack

In this lesson students read through precise and carefully selected knowledge in the background notes before attempting a colour-coordinated hexagonal card sort. This helps them break reasons for the Key Question down into factors and also offers them the opportunity to make and explain links between the evidence they choose. My students really enjoy this lesson and I hope yours get just as much out of it as mine do.
danguiney
Stalin's economic policies - 6 page lesson pack

Stalin's economic policies - 6 page lesson pack

During this lesson students work their way through a fantastically precise and detailed set of background notes before completing a 33 piece evidence sort. Students are asked to arrange the evidence firstly into industrial and agricultural, and then into successes and failures. This is a brilliant lesson which suits many learners’ needs and in particular which appeals to high-end learners. I hope your students get as much from this set of activities as mine do. If you watch the short video clip attached you can see some of my students putting this knowledge to good use.
danguiney
Deng Xioaping - 6 page lesson pack

Deng Xioaping - 6 page lesson pack

In this lesson students read very detailed information in the background notes before creating a factor-led mind map. Please watch the accompanying short video to see some of my students in action in this lesson. Its a great way for them to acquire super strong subject knowledge and to visually map out Deng’s domestic rule.
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Slave experience - 9 page lesson pack

Slave experience - 9 page lesson pack

In this lesson students work through background information before completing a card sort to show positives and the many negatives of slave life from getting off slave ships through to working on plantations. Students need to place the events in a chronology in order to recount a story of the conditions and place them on an emotional rollercoaster graph to show which conditions they felt were the most horrific and why. This is a powerful lesson which should be taught with great sensitivity and a flavour of which can be experienced in the video file attached.
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Suffragettes - 8 page lesson pack

Suffragettes - 8 page lesson pack

In this lesson students read detailed background knowledge before attempting to handle 9 very carefully selected source on the Suffragette movement. There are a range of written questions which students are asked to respond to. This is a powerful lesson which always generates a healthy level of debate in my classes.
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Abolition of slavery - 7 page lesson pack

Abolition of slavery - 7 page lesson pack

In this lesson students read through background information before reading through the extremely detailed evidence cards which they break up into the following factors : the role of abolitionists, economic reasons, and the role of enslaved people. From this scaffold students can then create a piece of extended written work and this lesson works really well as assessment preparation also. Please watch the short video to see just how well this set of resources works in action and in the classroom and I hope your students get just as much out of it as mine.
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Middle Passage - 6 page lesson pack

Middle Passage - 6 page lesson pack

In this lesson students read background information before sequencing a 33 piece card sort to explain the terrible conditions enslaved Africans endured on the Guineamen slave ships. This then leads on to the main task in which students are given a card listing three conditions experienced on the ships. They then create a class oral history project which can be recorded and stitched together. This is always an extremely powerful lesson and one which needs to be taught sensitively and with purpose. I hope you enjoy teaching your students about this crucial aspect of world History as much as I do.
danguiney
RMS Titanic - 32 page lesson pack

RMS Titanic - 32 page lesson pack

Background notes * 16 character cards * 48 piece evidence sort This 32-page pack contains background knowledge as well as 16 different character cards to issue to your students, ranging from Captain Smith, ship’s architect Thomas Andrews, down to lesser known characters such as 2nd Officer Charles Lightoller (who failed to fill the lifeboats). Once in character students then work through 48 detailed evidence cards to help them answer the question who was to blame for the large number of deaths (more than 1,500). This is one of my favourite activities and students always find it both fun and interesting and it helps hone historical skills such as evidence handling, refining questions, and formulating arguments. I hope you get as much out of this activity as my students always do.
danguiney
Stalin's Russia Entire Course Notes - 36 pages

Stalin's Russia Entire Course Notes - 36 pages

This 36-page pack is the incredibly detailed and complete set of notes I have written for my students. It is basically an entire course on Stalin’s Russia in one pack! Suitable for 16+ including GCSE, AP, A Level, and IB students. Notes are broken down into the following sections: How did Stalin come to power by 1928? How successful were Stalin’s economic policies? How did Stalin control the Soviet Union through purges? How did Stalin control the Soviet Union through the cult of personality? *What was the impact of the Second World War on the Soviet Union? I am confident you will love this resource because there is nothing on the Internet which I have found which offers the same level of breadth and detail on this topic. Your students will find the notes supremely useful and they will help them achieve examination success.
danguiney
Cold War Top Trumps Game - 111 cards

Cold War Top Trumps Game - 111 cards

Teeming with precise and carefully selected evidence my students love playing this game to boost subject knowledge. There are 111 cards (which work best when cut out and laminated) including all the figures you would expect such as JFK, Khruschev, and Gorbachev etc but also less well known characters from the period such as Laika (Russian Space Dog or ‘Woofnik’), Phan Kim Thi Phuc (the Vietnamese girl in the infamous napalm photo), Bobby Fischer (US chess champion) and many more besides. On each card there is a key date/event for that person, a precise statistic, and a quotation. There is also a ‘bonus’ question for students to research independently. Students simply call out a category and the person with the highest card ‘trumps’ the other, winning their card. The objective is to strip your opponent of their cards to win the game. This is a resource I am very proud of and which has received many accolades from students and lesson observations alike. It works well as a stand alone activity to really boost your students subject knowledge and equally it can be used as a starter or plenary to any Cold War lesson. I hope your students get as much out of this resource as mine have done over the years!
danguiney
Germany 1919-45 Revision Flash Cards (200+ cards)

Germany 1919-45 Revision Flash Cards (200+ cards)

Over 200 revision flash cards based on key people and events from Weimar and Nazi Germany. Simply print, cut out, and fold. These took me forever to create but they are my number one ‘go to’ revision tool for my exam classes and have had wholly positive feedback. Also works extremely well as an end of unit activity whereby students can use the cards to create a visual mind-map / layout of the course. Give them to your students before exams to ensure their subject knowledge is spot on!
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Stalin's Russia Top Trumps Game - 61 cards

Stalin's Russia Top Trumps Game - 61 cards

Teeming with precise and carefully selected evidence my students love playing this game to boost subject knowledge. There are sixty one cards (which work best when cut out and laminated) and they are colour coordinated into categories: rise to power, purges, WWII, industry/agriculture, and culture. These cards include all the main figures you would expect such as young Stalin, Trotsky, Beria and so on but also some lesser known figures such as Maria Yudina (Stalin’s favourite musician), Vasily Blokhin (notorious WWII executor), and Mikhail Gelovani (actor who played Stalin 13 times in various Soviet movies). On each card there is a key date/event for that person, two precise statistics, and a quotation. Students simply call out a category and the person with the highest card ‘trumps’ the other, winning their card. The objective is to strip your opponent of their cards to win the game. This is a resource I am very proud of and which has received many accolades from students and lesson observations alike and which will really boost your students’ subject knowledge of Stalin’s Russia. This activity works really well as a stand-alone activity, revision tool, or starter/plenary to any lesson on Stalin’s Russia. I hope you enjoy it as much as my students do!
danguiney
Roaring 1920s Top Trumps Game - 71 cards

Roaring 1920s Top Trumps Game - 71 cards

Teeming with precise and carefully selected evidence my students love playing this game to boost subject knowledge. There are 71 cards (which work best when cut out and laminated) and they are colour-coordinated into categories: gangsters & prohibition, arts & culture, immigrants & African Americans, sports & entertainment, industry & economic boom. These cards include all the main figures you would expect such as Babe Ruth, Rudolf Valentino, and Al Capone but also some lesser known figures from the period such as the ‘IT’ girl Clara Bow, the Harlem Renaissance’s Countee Cullen, and Felix the Cat! On each card there is a key date/event for that person, two precise statistics, and a quotation. There is also a ‘bonus’ research question on each card to encourage students to delve into each character further. To play, students simply call out a category and the person with the highest number in that category ‘trumps’ the other, winning their card. The objective is to strip your opponent of their cards to win the game. This is a resource I am very proud of and which has received many accolades from students and lesson observations alike and which will really boost your students’ subject knowledge of 1920s USA. This activity works really well as a stand-alone activity, revision tool, or starter/plenary to any lesson on 1920s USA. I hope you enjoy it as much as my students do!
danguiney
Industrial Revolution Dragon's Den - 14 page lesson pack

Industrial Revolution Dragon's Den - 14 page lesson pack

My students love this project! In this 14 page pack you will find background information on the Industrial Revolution as well as information cards on 20 different inventions ranging from John Kay’s Flying Shuttle through to James Watt’s Steam Engine. Students need to research their invention and make a case for its historical significance using specific criteria (durability, importance at the time, number effected etc). The class then present to the Dragon’s (for me its usually SLT). This mini-project really brings the past to life and is one of the highlights of my teaching career. I hope you enjoy it as much as my students do.
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