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180+ 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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180+ ready to use, fully resourced and exceptionally detailed History lessons and resources for busy teachers by Dan Guiney. Have a lovely day everyone!
How did Rasputin die? Escape Room Activity
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How did Rasputin die? Escape Room Activity

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This is one of my favourite lessons. It take a little bit of preparation by the teacher beforehand though, although there is a short cut you can take too. In this lesson you will find six codes to crack and six missions all of which help answer the question ‘how did Rasputin die?’. As the class figure out the codes and complete the missions they fill in the worksheets provided. By the end they will have six different responses which help them understand the Felix Youssopov-inspired version of events but which also leave them questioning this version of events. This lesson works best with a few props (beard, bottle, crucifix etc as well as six boxes and six padlocks) but you can if you prefer simply print off the codes and print them back to back instead. Any questions please email me. This lesson has been pitched towards high achieving secondary aged students and please do be aware there is one image of a dead Rasputin in this lesson. Please include/leave out at your discretion. Sincerely, Daniel
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
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!
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.
Why did the Reds win the Russian Civil War?
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Why did the Reds win the Russian Civil War?

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This lesson begins with a chronology exercise designed to recap students’ prior learning (from events dating back to 1905 onwards) in the forms of a ‘Play Your Cards Right’ activity. The class are given two events and simply need to state whether or not the second of these took place earlier or after the preceding event. The final event given is of course the Russian Civil War which is the focus of this lesson. The class then work through some background information and are given reasons why the Reds won the Civil War (ranging from Trotsky’s leadership skills in charge of the Red Army through to the lack of uniformity in the White Army’s motives through to the Reds’ access to the Tsarist arsenal etc). From this students are asked to design a storyboard to recap the reasons, leaving out one (so they are discriminating between factors and deciding which is least/most important). The lesson concludes with a plenary where students have to stand on one side or the other of the class to decide on whether one of the 11 statements is true or false and in this way they test their subject knowledge acquired in the activation and consolidation tasks. I hope you find this lesson and its resources as useful as my students do. It has been designed by myself and pitched at high achieving secondary school students. Please do let me know if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by and looking at this resource. Hope its useful! Very best wishes and have a great day, 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.
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
Why were so many Russians unhappy in 1905? - Fully-resourced lesson
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Why were so many Russians unhappy in 1905? - Fully-resourced lesson

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In this lesson students explore the long term causes of the 1905 revolution in Russia. The starter activity invites them to discuss the concepts of revolution from above and below. They are then provided with a bespoke set of notes which break down the knowledge into socio-economic, political, and military reasons for unhappiness amongst the population. Students then follow this with the main consolidation activity which is a card sort (broken down into reasons why military, peasants, urban dwellers and opposition groups might be unhappy) and use this information to write speeches to the Tsar seeking reform. The lesson concludes with a plenary activity in which students tie together their answer to the lesson question. Please let me know if you have any questions about this lesson pack, which has been designed for students of secondary age. I have also included a colour coded version of the card sort for purposes of differentiation. Have a great day everyone, Daniel
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
Atomic bomb: Hiroshima - 15-page full lesson (notes, character cards, card sort, debate)
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Atomic bomb: Hiroshima - 15-page full lesson (notes, character cards, card sort, debate)

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Students are given character cards, some pro and some anti dropping the bomb ranging from Einstein and Churchill to Hirihito and Stalin. In groups each side then works through 36 cards which are teeming with precisely selected historical detail, some of which support the dropping of the A-bomb and some of which argue against it. This activity prepares students exceptionally well for a debate about one of the most keenly argued historical topics - the dropping of the atomic bombs - and can also be used to help students structure an extended written response to this question. The cards are colour coded for students who require additional differentiation. This is one of my best lessons year on year and I hope it gets your students talking, evaluating, and arguing - especially in this nuclear world which we live in today.
What were the causes of the Tiananmen Square Massacre? - 6-page full lesson (notes, card sort)
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What were the causes of the Tiananmen Square Massacre? - 6-page full lesson (notes, card sort)

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This is a powerful lesson in causation. Students read through the detailed background information before arranging 17 extremely detailed and precise information cards into factors (economic, cultural, and people). This activity helps students scaffold a response to the key question which can then be used as the basis for a piece of assessed or simply extended written work. I hope your students find this as useful as I know mine have!
Russia in 1900 in 8 Objects
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Russia in 1900 in 8 Objects

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This is a terrific first lesson if teaching a unit on Russia from the turn of the Nineteenth Century until the Revolution. Students are introduced to the lesson with a ‘what’s behind the squares PPT’ which reveals a Social Revolutionary poster displaying Russian society as a wedding cake. They are then given a detailed 8 page set of notes broken down into population, cities, geography, rule and government and so forth and are asked to research and present 8 physical items that explain what life was like for different groups for their main task. They are given some examples (such as Faberge eggs or rubles buried under peasant homes or Cossack knouts/whips to guide them). I have also included a plenary (Dingbats) with some of the key terms students come across in this lesson to test comprehension at the end of their presentations. I hope your students enjoy this lesson as much as mine do. It is designed for secondary aged students who can use detailed information as well as their own research to present their findings. Any questions please let me know and I’m always happy to help. Best wishes and have a great day everyone, Daniel
Rasputin: Holy Man or Mad Monk?
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Rasputin: Holy Man or Mad Monk?

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This is a fully resourced lesson focusing on the second order concept of interpretation. Students watch two video clips (Disney and Alan Rickmann’s interpretations of Rasputin) and complete a VENN diagram as their starter activity to introduce the idea that there are very different views of Rasputin. They then work through a detailed set of notes before rifling through a 50+ piece card sort to identify arguments in favour of him being a Mad Monk or indeed a Holy Man. Students use this information to complete a written task (report for the Okhrana) using the criteria-driven assessment template provided. In the plenary students look through five different images of Rasputin and are invited to shout out their thoughts as the squares are taken away to reveal the picture. Please let me know if you have any questions and I hope your students get as much out of this fully-resourced lesson as much as mine do. Best wishes and have a great day, Daniel
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.
What happened on Bloody Sunday 1905? Fully-resourced lesson
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What happened on Bloody Sunday 1905? Fully-resourced lesson

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Students begin this lesson with a starter activity in which they watch a video clip of the traditional view of events (with some true or false questions to test comprehension). They then work through a detailed 3-page set of notes before handling 17 pieces of evidence, some of which offer the traditional view (that this was a peaceful protest whereby the Imperial Guard massacred innocent civilians) and others of which suggest a more revisionist perspective (that Father Gapon was a double agent and expected/wanted to provoke a violent response). Students answer questions on the sources and are invited to give their opinion, which ties back neatly to the starter activity and the Key Question. The lesson concludes with a plenary activity which asks students to listen and contemplate on the meaning and nuances within Dmitri Shostakovitch’s famous 11th symphony. I hope you enjoy this lesson as much as my students do. It has been pitched towards high achieving secondary aged students but please do ask me if you have any questions. Have a great day everyone, Daniel
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
Sellotape castle challenge - activity
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Sellotape castle challenge - activity

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This is a great little starter activity when teaching castle design. Students divide themselves into three teams - research, design, and construction. Then using only scotch tape, scissors, and a tablet/computer or textbook, they need to design their own castle using the labels provided. Works especially well when accompanied by Mission Impossible music! I hope you enjoy using this resource as my students do. And if you like this free resource why not check out my shop for more goodies?
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.