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History Lessons & Resources by Dan Guiney

140+ ready to use, fully resourced and exceptionally detailed History lessons and resources for busy teachers. Have a lovely day everyone!

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140+ ready to use, fully resourced and exceptionally detailed History lessons and resources for busy teachers. Have a lovely day everyone!
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
Tollund Man - 10-page full lesson (notes, history mystery cards, matrix)
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Tollund Man - 10-page full lesson (notes, history mystery cards, matrix)

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I use this as an introduction to Historical skills for my 7th graders and it works really well. Students are given background knowledge and then handed the 13 sources in order. As they receive them they discuss what can be inferred from each piece of evidence and complete the history mystery grid. This is a great lesson designed to get students thinking and handling evidence. I hope your students enjoy it as much as mine do! It also works really well as a transition lesson for students coming to high school and perhaps studying History as a specialist discipline for the first time. This activity sets students up really well for a piece of follow up Historical writing.
Brezhnev’s USSR – 8-page lesson pack (starter PPT, notes, evidence sort, plenary PPT)
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Brezhnev’s USSR – 8-page lesson pack (starter PPT, notes, evidence sort, plenary PPT)

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I designed this lesson for my IB students and it is pitched at more able students. The lesson begins with a simple starter activity to introduce them to the topic. The hook here is the Socialist Fraternal Embrace and it leads to a discussion of the symbolism of the Breznev-Honeker kiss on the Berlin Wall. From here students read the introductory notes before working through a highly detailed card sort. The cards are coloured to guide those who need it (lighter and darker tones portray positive and negative aspects of life in Brezhnev’s USSR whilst the colours themselves represent factors - domestic, foreign, economic etc). Students then use this information to model a spoken or written responses to the Key Question. The plenary is a fun dingbats powerpoint in which students have to shout out one of the key words or events covered in this lesson and explain its significance. I created this last week and used it with my students for the first time and they really understood the period in so doing whilst showcasing a range of higher order Historical skills. I hope your students can benefit from it also. Very best wishes, Daniel
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!
How Roman are you? - activity
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How Roman are you? - activity

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This works really well as a quick starter or plenary activity. Students complete a questionnaire about Roman inventions and how recently they have used them. From this they achieve a score (out of 66) and are asked to stand up when their score bracket is read aloud. A fun way to introduce the concept of why the Romans are so significant.
Who killed JFK? - 18-page full lesson (notes, card sort, history mystery matrix)
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Who killed JFK? - 18-page full lesson (notes, card sort, history mystery matrix)

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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.
The Cold War - Trivial Pursuit Revision Activity (160+ questions)
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The Cold War - Trivial Pursuit Revision Activity (160+ questions)

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My students love this activity. 160+ questions based on the following categories: USA & her allies Soviet leaders The People Wars Words & Phrases Statistics It takes a little while to cut out the cards and the board and works best once laminated but your students will love this revision activity. The questions are designed to boost subject knowledge and focus on precise historical detail which in turn helps student examination performance. I hope your classes enjoy this activity as much as my IGCSE and IB classes always do! You can watch a game in action with this URL here - https://youtu.be/i8TtkQZs3cU
Cuban Missile Crisis - activity
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Cuban Missile Crisis - activity

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Students work their way through the background knowledge before taking a what-would-you-do style quiz. Each question focuses on a different stage in the crisis and students are given three options to choose from. Afterwards students add up their tally and are grouped into brackets to show what kind of President they would have made. My students really enjoy this activity, especially as a starter to the Cuban Missile Crisis - I hope yours do also.
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.
Industrial Revolution Dragon's Den - 14-page full lesson (notes, project pack)
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Industrial Revolution Dragon's Den - 14-page full lesson (notes, project pack)

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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.
EdExcel IGCSE History USA 1917-41 - Full Unit Paper 2 Breadth Study Bundle (with Revision Menu)
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EdExcel IGCSE History USA 1917-41 - Full Unit Paper 2 Breadth Study Bundle (with Revision Menu)

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Comprehensive and detailed notes as well as rigorous and engaging activities for this entire Paper 2 topic. Lessons covered include: What was the impact of the First World War on the USA? How did society and culture change? How and why did the US economy boom? How were immigrants and black Americans treated ? (including Sacco-Vanzetti trial role play) Prohibition; causes, events and consequences What was life like during the Great Depression? Why did FDR win the 1932 election? What was FDR’s New Deal’s impact? Who opposed the New Deal? I have also thrown in a comprehensive revision menu for the unit and the entire course booklet as well as a Revision card game. I hope your students enjoy these materials as much as mine do.
EdExcel IGCSE History China 1900-1989 - Full Unit Paper 2 Breadth Study Bundle (with Revision Menu)
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EdExcel IGCSE History China 1900-1989 - Full Unit Paper 2 Breadth Study Bundle (with Revision Menu)

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Comprehensive and detailed notes as well as rigorous and engaging activities for this entire Paper 2 topic. Lessons covered include: What were the causes of the 1911 Revolution? How was China ruled after the revolution? China in the 1920s Law and order in 1920s/30s Shanghai How significant was the May 4th movement? How did Mao come to power by 1949? What changes did Mao make to the economy? What was life like in Mao’s China? What reforms did Deng Xiaoping make? What were the causes of the Tiananmen Square massacre? I have also thrown in a comprehensive revision menu for the unit and a Trivial Pursuit revision task. I hope your students enjoy these materials as much as mine do.
EdExcel IGCSE History - Germany 1918-45 Full Unit Paper 1 Depth Study Bundle (with Revision Menu)
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EdExcel IGCSE History - Germany 1918-45 Full Unit Paper 1 Depth Study Bundle (with Revision Menu)

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Comprehensive and detailed notes as well as rigorous and engaging activities for this entire Paper 1 topic. Lessons covered include: What problems did the Weimar Republic face between 1919-23? How did Weimar recover in the Golden Years, 1923-29? Why did Hitler come to power by 1933? How did the Nazis consolidate their power, 1933-34? Through what methods did the Nazis control Germany? How successful were Nazi economic policies? Who benefited from Nazism? Who opposed the Nazis? What was the Holocaust and why is it so significant? I have also thrown in a comprehensive revision menu for the unit and Trivial Pursuit and Card Game revision tasks as well as two detailed sets of Flash Cards. I hope your students enjoy these materials as much as mine do.
Weimar & Nazi Germany – Trivial Pursuit Revision Activity (125+ questions)
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Weimar & Nazi Germany – Trivial Pursuit Revision Activity (125+ questions)

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My students love this activity. 125+ questions based on the following categories: Early problems 1919-23 Golden years 1923-29 Rise of the Nazis 1929-33 Terror 1933-45 Propaganda 1919-45 Life in Nazi Germany 1933-45 It takes a little while to cut out the cards and the board and works best once laminated but your students will love this revision activity. The questions are designed to boost subject knowledge and focus on precise historical detail which in turn helps student examination performance. I hope your classes enjoy this activity as much as my IGCSE and IB classes always do! The questions are based around the notes from my lessons so should stretch most students but if you require a differentiated version you can allow students a fixed time to research responses on the internet as they play.
Causes of the First Gulf War - 6-page full lesson (notes, storyboard, plenary)
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Causes of the First Gulf War - 6-page full lesson (notes, storyboard, plenary)

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In this lesson students are issued an exceptionally detailed pack of information and are required to create evidence based storyboard using the template provided which causes them to focus on the five key reasons. A plenary is also included which asks for them to develop two of these points using ‘on the other hand.’ I hope you enjoy this lesson as much as my students do.
Slave resistance - 16-page full lesson (notes, card sort)
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Slave resistance - 16-page full lesson (notes, card sort)

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In this lesson students begin with a what-would-you-do style starter activity in which they scores points according to their reactions to losing their freedoms. This stimulates discussion over how enslaved people might react and leads into the main activity which is a card sort. Students divide up the very precise 13 cards into examples of passive and active resistance and try to explain how they prioritised them. So for example was Nat Turner’s revolt much more high risk than say kicking a cow? Students then go on to use this card sort as an effective scaffold for a piece of extended written work before finishing the lesson off with a plenary about cultural appropriation (in particular whether it is right for a slave-trading nation like Britain to use a slave spiritual ‘Amazing Grace’ in its sporting fixtures). My students always find this a really powerful life lesson and one which hones their historical skills fantastically well. I hope you find it useful with your students too. Click on the short video link to get a feel for a part of this lesson in action.
Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe - 9-page full lesson (notes, card sort, jenga activity)
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Collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe - 9-page full lesson (notes, card sort, jenga activity)

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This is one of my favourite lessons. Students read through a very detailed set of notes focusing on the roles of Gorbachev, Reagan, economics, Solidarity and people power. Students then test their understanding of their newly acquired knowledge through a game of Jenga (attach the cards to a block - students place them into factors using the colour coordinated bricks. This activity can also be done as a more traditional card sort). Students then complete the lesson with a word search to promote key terms and literacy. I really hope your students enjoy this as much as mine do. It is pitched at very able 16-18 year old students.
Korean War mix & match - activity
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Korean War mix & match - activity

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This activity works really well as a starter to introduce the topic or indeed as a plenary to test student knowledge and understanding. Its very simple. Just print out and laminate the cards and place them upside down. Students have to choose any two and read them aloud. Once they spot a colour-coordinated pair (a question and an answer) they score one point. My students really love the simple activity and it really boosts their precision in historical subject knowledge. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.