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I am a History teacher in the North West, and head of Citizenship in my school. I have been teaching since 2007, in four secondary schools across the area. In between times, in 2012, I taught as a volunteer teacher in Ghana, with English, French and Maths classes (you can read about my adventures in my book, Teaching in the Sun, available on Amazon). All of my resources have been extensively tried and tested. I hope that you, like me, are able to use them for good and outstanding lessons.

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I am a History teacher in the North West, and head of Citizenship in my school. I have been teaching since 2007, in four secondary schools across the area. In between times, in 2012, I taught as a volunteer teacher in Ghana, with English, French and Maths classes (you can read about my adventures in my book, Teaching in the Sun, available on Amazon). All of my resources have been extensively tried and tested. I hope that you, like me, are able to use them for good and outstanding lessons.
League of Nations border disputes in the 1920s

League of Nations border disputes in the 1920s

An interactive decision-making sheet for students to fill in. They place themselves in the position of the League and decide what they would do in each scenario. More able students have a version where they explain heir choices and evaluate the actual responses of the League. There are extension questions on the powerpoint on the actual responses of the League. The final slides cover the Geneva Protocol, with questions on its role. Information on each scenario is provided, as is space for students to give an explanation of each of their choices. Use the powerpoint to support whole lesson, especially when covering the actual responses of the League. This could be done as a group, paired or individual activity.
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An overview of the First World War

An overview of the First World War

This is a lesson for Key Stage 3, looking at the events of the First World War. It is designed for near the end of a module on the First World War. Students place events on a timeline and decide whether each event was a victory for the Allies or Germany. They reach an understanding of how the war unfolded and why it did so. They are challenged to think of a turning point. Students then look at a range of memorials, and think about why they are developed in such a way - location, design etc. They can then design their own memorial.
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Treaty of Versailles - aims of the Big Three

Treaty of Versailles - aims of the Big Three

A card sort to show the aims of the Big Three leaders at the Treaty of Versailles. Students can use this to make a decision on why each of the leaders held these aims, and which were the more or less reasonable of the aims. More able student can explain which was the most likely to achieve an agreeable peace settlement, in the short and long term. This is an ideal activity for preparing students for longer-answer exam questions. It allows discussion to develop as students explain their thoughts and defend them in front of their peers.
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Key characters in the USA

Key characters in the USA

This is a resource for GCSE students. I use it on the AQA course, but it can doubtless be used on others. Students arrange characters into chronological order, and explain the reasons that they are significant. This can be done as a role play, by cutting up the required number of cards and handing them out, and as a cut and stick / card sort. Cards can be arranged on the table sheet if you like - blow it up to A3 - or by drawing the table into their book. This can lead to debate and extended writing on the importance of individuals and factors. There is a differentiated version of the card sort to give out to less able students.
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League of Nations 1920s - revision

League of Nations 1920s - revision

This is a revision resource for GCSE students. Students are presented with 10 events / issues surrounding the League in the 1920s. they are invited to analyse the strength or otherwise of the League in addressing these issues. There are hints to help the weaker students contained on the powerpoint slides, as well as an introduction /refresher to the Article 10 of the covenant. As an extension, students decide whether the league’s ‘successes’ were worth much in the bigger picture, by deciding how well the League contained bigger / smaller countries’ ambitions. This can lead to debate or a variety of extended writing tasks.
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Progress in medicine 1800 on - revision

Progress in medicine 1800 on - revision

This is a resource for GCSE students. I use it on the AQA course, but it can doubtless be used on others. Students arrange characters into chronological order, and explain the factors behind them - e.g. war etc. This can be done as a role play, by cutting up the required number of cards and handing them out, and as a cut and stick / card sort. Cards can be arranged on the table sheet if you like - blow it up to A3 - or by drawing the table into their book. This can lead to debate and extended writing on the importance of individuals and factors. There is a differentiated version of the card sort to give out to less able students.
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Medicine Middle Ages to Renaissance - revision

Medicine Middle Ages to Renaissance - revision

This is a resource for GCSE students. I use it on the AQA course, but it can doubtless be used on others. Students arrange characters into chronological order, and explain the factors behind them - e.g. war etc. This can be done as a role play, by cutting up the required number of cards and handing them out, and as a cut and stick / card sort. Cards can be arranged on the table sheet if you like - blow it up to A3 - or by drawing the table into their book. This can lead to debate and extended writing on the importance of individuals and factors. There is a differentiated version of the card sort to give out to less able students.
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Medicine topics - revision

Medicine topics - revision

This is a differentiated revision resource for the Health and the People module. Students can make revision cards / lists / spider diagrams etc. from the notes given. there is plenty of scope for debate such as key individuals, factors etc.
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Nazi Soviet Pact

Nazi Soviet Pact

This is a resource for GCSE History students. Worksheet1: Students look through the reasons. They decide which of these were reasons that Stalin signed, and which were reasons that Hitler signed the Pact. It can be done as a card sort, cut and stick or highlighting activity. Higher ability students can be challenged, particularly in a card sort, to prioritise the reasons, and categorise genuine reasons (more Machiavellian) and those ‘officially given’. There are extension questions at the bottom of the sheet. Worksheet 2: Students can explain why different reasons made Stalin sign the Pact. Students analyse the different reasons. It might be helpful to show the powerpoint slide as an aid to this to help students realise Stalin’s aims. There are extension questions at the bottom of the sheet. The second slide contains a link to the YouTube clip - Nazi invasion of Poland.
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Communism and capitalism

Communism and capitalism

This is a lesson to explain the meanings of Communism and capitalism. Students decide on the worksheet which of the statements apply to which ideology. Emphasise the different meaning of democracy to higher (and middle) ability students. This leads to a debate and analysis of which system is best, and why they caused problems in European relations. The sheets are differentiated for high, medium and lower abilities. The powerpoint concentrates on the impact of Communism prior to WWII and can be used to gain a foothold into Hitler. It comes with a link to YouTube embedded which discusses the Spartacist rising in Munich in 1919 and can lead onto a module on Hitler which makes his hatred and German fear of communism more understandable. The second powerpoint is more relevant if you are teaching a Cold War theme afterwards as it has a cartoon of Churchill and the Iron Curtain. Students can analyse the cartoon and explain its meaning, or why it is hostile to the USSR.
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Harshness / severity of Treaty of Versailles

Harshness / severity of Treaty of Versailles

This is a preparation for a debate on whether the Treaty was too harsh or about right as punishment for Germany. Split the class into half. One half looks at the positives, one the negatives. Give them 5 or so minutes to plan a debate. Swap sides briefly so that they can plan a counter argument. The debate clan lead to an extended piece of writing. Year 10 get well into it each year!
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King Charles II

King Charles II

This is a KS3 resource for the character of Charles II. Students decide whether or not they would have liked him. As a starter, they brainstorm the qualities of a good king. they can explain positive and negative aspects of his personality by highlighting information sheets, differentiated for higher and lower ability students. Key words are provided in the powerpoint. This can lead to a debate in class - split them to defend / attack Charles' personality - and/or a piece of extended writing on whether he was a good / bad character. Different writing frames are included in the powerpoint. My classes love it every year. YouTube clip supports lesson as a way in.
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Why D Day was successful

Why D Day was successful

This is a diamond 9 card sort to categorise and prioritise the reasons that D Day was successful. As an extension, you can challenge students to explain the more / less important reasons, and there is a further extension question for more ale students. This can lead to a class discussion. Categories could include, but not be limited to, the actions of the Allies, Germany's weaknesses, planning, leadership and others.
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Development of Medieval Parliament

Development of Medieval Parliament

A lesson on the development of Medieval Parliament. Students begin by discussing what they know about Parliament today. They then look at information on the slides, which should be printed off and stuck around the classroom. They fill in thee activity sheet as thy look around.There are extension questions for the more able students at the end of the activity sheet. Students complete a judgemental paragraph at the end of the lesson. There is a writing frame and key words to help less able students.
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Migration to Britain

Migration to Britain

This is a card sort designed to allow students to categorise and prioritise reasons that groups of people have migrated to Britain throughout history. They can also be arranged as a chronology exercise. There is a second version of the cards designed for less able students. The categorising task could be done as a venn diagram using the venn diagram template.
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Elizabethan Poor Law

Elizabethan Poor Law

This is for GCSE History. Students have three sheets which they can work through. the powerpoint is slide with definitions of the impotent / undeserving / deserving poor 1. Laws against begging and why they failed - Students match the law to why it failed, and higher ability students can take note of whose reign each was passed in. More able students can answer two extension questions to compare the laws of Henry VIII to Elizabeth. 2. The Act for the Relief of the Poor – 1601 - Students match up which parts of the Poor Law fit to which people. Terms of the poor law are underneath - you may want to cut the sheet in half so that terms and the chart are not together. Refer to the PowerPoint if needed for this. There is an extension question underneath the chart for the more able. 3. Effectiveness of the Poor Law - students colour code or use as a card sort the strengths and weaknesses of the Poor Law. They can consider the biggest strength and greatest weakness, before making an overall judgement on the effectiveness of the Poor Law. The best responses will suggests that whilst the effect was limited, it was a significant step and certainly better than anything attempted before.
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End of slave trade and slavery in GB

End of slave trade and slavery in GB

A powerpoint designed to allow students to look for reasons that the slave trade, and slavery, ended. The powerpoint is differentiated for higher and lower abilities, and the higher ppt has a task to explain why some people liked slavery. Part of the powerpoint is about Wilberforce and Equiano, students have to match their achievements - these are listed. A worksheet differentiated for the higher-, medium- and lower-ability students, containing reasons for the abolition of the slave trade, and slavery itself. Could be used as a card sort or a colour-coded worksheet. Students can decide which factors help to end the slave trade, slavery itself, or both. Students can sort for political, economic social and cultural reasons. Students are invited to make decisions on the most important 3 reasons at the end of the sorting. This can lead to lively debate.
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The threat of Mary Queen of Scots

The threat of Mary Queen of Scots

This is a resource for the new GCSE, although could also be used with KS3. Students put the events in Mary's life into order. There are differentiate card sorts for core and lower ability students. Answers are on the powerpoint slides. Students are invited to answer extension questions when they have finished the sorting excersize. The Youtube link is a run through of Mary's life, which could be shown either before or after the card sort activity.
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Causes of poverty in Tudor times

Causes of poverty in Tudor times

This is a card sort for GCSE History. Pupils look at the reasons that there was poverty in Tudor times. They need to know the key words at the start of the presentation. They have a number of tasks which they can be invited to complete, to sort which were: 1. Long-term causes / Short-term causes 2. To do with money To do with foreign wars or trade To do with natural factors (poor harvests, disease) To do with other things 3. Most important 1-2 Quite important 4-5 Less important 4-5 Least important 1-2 Students can then explain why they have given the level of importance to some of the reasons. This can lead to debate or an exam Q.
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Opinion of Tudor theatre

Opinion of Tudor theatre

This is a resource primarily for GCSE History. Students look through the characters and then match up the descriptions to the relevant character. Once finished, as extensions they can: decide which of the characters have similar reasons for supporting the theatre. decide who has the best reason answer a question such as this: How does the rise of the theatre reflect the growing – but still small – power of the ordinary people in terms of shaping Tudor life?
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Essex rebellion events

Essex rebellion events

This is a resource for the new GCSE section on Elizabeth. Students are to put the events of the Essex rebellion in order. They are to then answer the scaffolded questions at the bottom of the sheet. More able students can be invited to consider turning points and the overall position of Elizabeth after the rebellion - was her position strengthened or weakened? An exam Q can be set after the activity, or as a homework. N.B. It will be very helpful to have studied the Earl of Essex's character, career and marriage potential before this lesson, so that students have a full picture.
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League of Nations

League of Nations

A resource pack to support the teaching of the League from 1919 to 1939. Activities included to suit the new GCSE requirements, with plenty of scope for differentiation by either task or outcome for more- or less able students.
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USA 1920s

USA 1920s

A resource pack to support the teaching of the USA during the 1920s. Activities included to suit the new GCSE requirements, with plenty of scope for differentiation by either task or outcome for more- or less able students.
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USA 1930s

USA 1930s

A resource pack to support the teaching of the USA from 1930-9. Activities included to suit the new GCSE requirements, with plenty of scope for differentiation by either task or outcome for more- or less able students.
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