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160 ready to use, fully resourced and exceptionally detailed History lessons and resources for busy teachers by Dan Guiney. Have a lovely day everyone!

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160 ready to use, fully resourced and exceptionally detailed History lessons and resources for busy teachers by Dan Guiney. Have a lovely day everyone!
The Great Depression - 16-page full lesson (notes, card sort, bubble task, VENN)
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The Great Depression - 16-page full lesson (notes, card sort, bubble task, VENN)

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This resource features a starter in which students compare two sources on life in 1930s USA using a VENN diagram. The PowerPoint then provides some background information before inviting students to break down 22 factor-led thought bubbles into columns (these are colour-coded into social, economic, cultural and political). Students then use this information to create a written account of what life was like before concluding with a fun singing plenary. I really enjoy delivering this lesson (partly because Hoover is my favourite US President!) and hope you find it useful!
IB Authoritarian States Stalin's Russia Entire Course Notes - 36 pages
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IB Authoritarian States Stalin's Russia Entire Course Notes - 36 pages

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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.
FDR & the 1932 election - 7 page full lesson (notes, campaign activity, plenary)
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FDR & the 1932 election - 7 page full lesson (notes, campaign activity, plenary)

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This is one of my go-to lessons when I want to impress. Students are given information packs on the lead candidates and create their own short election speech. I always encourage students to make posters, rosettes, and bring in jackets and ties where possible before finishing with a class vote. I hope you enjoy this lesson as much as I always do.
Social & cultural changes in 1920s USA - 9-page full lesson (starter PPT, notes, character cards)
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Social & cultural changes in 1920s USA - 9-page full lesson (starter PPT, notes, character cards)

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This is a great full lesson. Students begin with a starter activity which teaches them the basic steps to the Charleston before progressing through a very detailed and comprehensive set of notes covering the changes in the period in music, women, sports, architecture, religion, leisure and cinema. Students are then allocated a character card (flapper, housewife, young black American, Italian immigrant, gangster, businessman, Klansman, farmer) and complete a scaffolded worksheet explaining how there character would feel about the changes. They are then paired together to hold a discussion with another character in a meaningful way in order to reveal the different attitudes in the period. My students love this topic and I really hope yours do as well.
Revision Menu – Germany 1918-45 (IGCSE)
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Revision Menu – Germany 1918-45 (IGCSE)

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Last year I achieved ninety-four% A*-A in my I G C S E exam results. The year before it was eighty-eight%, making the History Department consistently high achieving and one which students want to sign up for. One of the main reasons for this is the detailed and focused set of revision menus I give to my students to help them prepare for exam success. Now you can have them too. Of all of my resources these revision menus are my must-haves! I hope they can be of much use to your students as they are to mine. If you enjoyed this resource please leaf through my collection of other revision menus and resources. This pack focuses on Weimar and Nazi Germany, includes space for student notes, and includes revision content for the following topics: The establishment of the Republic and its early problems The recovery of German The rise of Hitler and the Nazis Life in Nazi Germany Germany during the Second World War
USA in the 1920s & 1930s Entire Course Notes - 46 pages
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USA in the 1920s & 1930s Entire Course Notes - 46 pages

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This forty six-page pack is the incredibly detailed and complete set of notes I have written for my students. It is basically an entire course on inter-war USA in one pack! Suitable for G.C.S.E, AP, A Level, and I.B. students. Notes are broken down into the following sections: What was the impact of the First World War on the USA? What were American attitudes towards immigrants? Prohibition: causes, events and consequences How did the US economy change? How did society and culture change? What was life like during the Great Depression and how did Herbert Hoover react? Why did FDR win the Nineteenth Thirty Two US election? How did Roosevelt’s New Deal change America? Who opposed the New Deal and why? 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.
IB Cold War Exam Revision Pack - 8 topics, 12 pages
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IB Cold War Exam Revision Pack - 8 topics, 12 pages

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My exam revision packs are the resources my examination students value the most. I offer essay plans to the most popular questions on topics within the Cold War which give students structure and which teem with precisely supporting material. In this pack the revision notes are focused on the following questions: Who was to blame for the start of the Cold War? What were the causes and consequences of US involvement in the Korean War? Who gained the most out of the Cuban Missile Crisis? Why did the USA get involved in Vietnam? Why did the USA withdraw from Vietnam? What were the similarities and differences between Hungary and Czechoslovakia? Why was the Berlin Wall built in 1961? What was the main reason for the collapse of the Soviet Union? Issuing these notes to students prior to an examination massively boosts their attainment in examinations and I’m very proud to share this resource with you and them. It certainly saves my students a lot of exam stress and has given me excellent results year after year.
Curriculum Mapping Template - Editable
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Curriculum Mapping Template - Editable

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Simple but incredibly effective. This one-slide Power Point template is easily editable so you can tailor it to your school/department. I print it for my classroom and ensure students have a copy in the insert of their exercise books so they know exactly what part of their learning journey they are on and where they are going to. My classes can look back and forward to see skills progression and to make links between units. I hope you find this resource useful! Sincerely, Daniel
Stalin's economic policies - 6-page full lesson (notes, card sort)
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Stalin's economic policies - 6-page full lesson (notes, card sort)

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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.
Global Perspectives Collaborative Project - IGCSE CIE Guide
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Global Perspectives Collaborative Project - IGCSE CIE Guide

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Everything you need to introduce your C.I.E I.G.C.S.E class to the third component of the Global Perspectives course, the collaborative project. In this purchase you will receive my fourteen minute video guide and accompanying power point which covers: How to choose from the given topics How to draw out issues from the topics How to generate an Outcome and aim for the Team Element A suggested guide including word counts for structuring an effective report for the Personal Element Tips on how to hit the top bands using the mark scheme I hope you find this useful and thanks for your purchase. If you have any questions at all feel free to message me. The Global Perspectives course is an excellent one but there is a lot to explain - I hope this resource will make it much easier for you! Best wishes, Daniel
Stalin & the Purges - Who killed Kirov? - 20-page full lesson (notes, history mystery evidence sort)
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Stalin & the Purges - Who killed Kirov? - 20-page full lesson (notes, history mystery evidence sort)

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This is one of my absolute favourite lessons. Students read through the background knowledge/notes before working their ways through a 21 piece evidence sort to answer the question ‘Who killed Kirov?’ Students then place the card sort information into piles which suggest Stalin was guilty of the murder and evidence that suggests he was not, before arriving at an opinion abotu why the 1st December Law and the subsequent purges and period of Yezhovschina occured. My students truly love this lesson and I really hope yours do too!
100+ Great Ideas for History Teachers - Practical Pedagogy
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100+ Great Ideas for History Teachers - Practical Pedagogy

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A 22-page pack of over 100 great ideas for the History teacher looking to improve his or her pedagogy. I use this within my team to shake up our teaching and revitalize old schemes of work. All of the activities are easy to implement and very transferable across topics. The pack can also be used as a great CPD tool for staff training. I’ve compiled these ideas over a 20 year teaching career and am very proud to share them with other education professionals. Daniel Guiney
Opium Wars - 20-page lesson pack (starter PPT, notes, character cards, evidence sort, plenary PPT)
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Opium Wars - 20-page lesson pack (starter PPT, notes, character cards, evidence sort, plenary PPT)

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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!
Global Perspectives Written Examination (Component 1) – IGCSE Guide
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Global Perspectives Written Examination (Component 1) – IGCSE Guide

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Introduce your C.I.E I.G.C.S.E class to the first component of the Global Perspectives course, the written examination. In this purchase you will receive my 20 minute video guide which covers: • What the paper will look like • Which topics the examination may be based on • Tips on how to tackle each of the four questions and their sub-components • Guidance on top bands of mark schemes I hope you find this useful and thanks for your purchase. If you have any questions at all feel free to message me. The Global Perspectives course is an excellent one but there is a lot to explain – I hope this resource will make it much easier for you! Best wishes, Daniel
CIE IGCSE History - Gulf States - Full unit Bundle covering all 6 areas (with Revision Menu)
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CIE IGCSE History - Gulf States - Full unit Bundle covering all 6 areas (with Revision Menu)

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Comprehensive and detailed notes as well as rigorous and engaging activities for this entire topic. Lessons covered include: Why did Saddam Hussein rise to power in Iraq? What was the nature of Saddam Hussein’s rule in Iraq? Why was there a revolution in Iran in 1979? What were the causes of the Iran-Iraq War? What were the consequences of the Iran-Iraq War? What were the causes of the First Gulf War? I have also thrown in a comprehensive revision menu for the unit. I hope your students enjoy these materials as much as mine do.
Stalin's rise - 7-page full lesson (starter PPT, notes, tale of the tape task, pentagonal plenary)
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Stalin's rise - 7-page full lesson (starter PPT, notes, tale of the tape task, pentagonal plenary)

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My students love this lesson. They begin with an odd one out activity designed to get them thinking about Stalin as the ‘man of steel’ before working their way through detailed notes. They then proceed to take part in a tale of the tape activity where they identify Stalin’s strengths and Trotsky’s mistakes/weaknesses. Following this students complete a piece of structured piece of writing before completing a plenary exercise in which they create a pentagonal plan of reasons which address the Key Question. I hope your students enjoy this lesson as much as mine do.
IB History Writing Formula for Papers 2/3
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IB History Writing Formula for Papers 2/3

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A simple but very effective sheet which I pieced together to help my students improve their written work for IB Papers 2 and 3. It really does help and I have found the number of students achieving Levels 6 and 7 has increased in my classes since I began using this approach. I hope you find this useful and feel free to check out hundreds of other resources for History teachers here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/danguiney