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I am a Geography specialist who has also been teaching GCSE history for the past few years. I have uploaded some lessons for History and Geography. I hope people find them useful.

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I am a Geography specialist who has also been teaching GCSE history for the past few years. I have uploaded some lessons for History and Geography. I hope people find them useful.
GCSE Geography Xmas Colouring: Rivers
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GCSE Geography Xmas Colouring: Rivers

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GCSE christmas activity sheet on rivers. The pupils inform Santa all about the wonderful river features he flies over using their geographical knowledge. It also includes colouring activities so is perfect for a more relaxed final lesson of the term, yet still includes real geography! Needs to be printed or photocopied as A3 for best results! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
The Normans: Life in the Towns
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The Normans: Life in the Towns

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GCSE Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060-87 for the new specification 2016. In this lesson we look at the growth of towns after the conquest and what towns were like to live in. We start with a quick retrieval practice starter. We then look at how the towns developed into market towns, the pupils answer questions from a video clip. We then complete a text analysis where the pupils highlight the reasons for the growth of towns during Norman times. We briefly look at burgesses before focusing on trade and the pupils complete a profitability scale to show which of the aspects of trade in medieval times produced the most money for the medieval town and why. We finish with a to what extent plenary. Hope this saves you some valuable planning time! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Sailboat Analysis Version 2
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Sailboat Analysis Version 2

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Sailboat analysis but with potential future problems (rocks) and helpful factors (fair winds). Hope it proves useful. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
The Normans: Life in a Norman Village
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The Normans: Life in a Norman Village

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GCSE Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060-87 for the new specification 2016. In this lesson we look at the medieval manor system. We start with a simple retrieval practice starter. We then introduce the Norman village by giving an overview of how it works. The pupils answer questions from an info strip. We then look at the types of houses found in the village and what the medieval manor was. The pupils describe the typical village house and manor. We then look at the peasants year and day with the pupils answer questions and recording potential hardships. We also briefly look at Wharram Percy as an example village. We finish with a source question. Hope this saves you some valuable planning time! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Forces Analysis
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Forces Analysis

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An editable template to use when looking at the forces for and against a change from occurring. The driving and restraining forces can be scored to allow pupils to predict what the outcome might be. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
How Were The Nazis Resisted?
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How Were The Nazis Resisted?

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we look at how the Nazis were resisted. We start by introducing the types of resistance the Nazis encountered such as non-conforming, resistance and opposition. The pupils are then given several examples on a worksheet, they must classify the example into one of the three types, rate the example for seriousness to the Nazi regime and explain their rating. They then explain the most serious threat to the Nazi regime. We then look at a video clip and the pupils complete sentence starters and answer questions. We ten look at a written source on how opponents were watched and the pupils answer questions. We finish with the pupils writing a response to the statement “The main reason that resistance to the Nazis failed was the strength of the police state”. this can be done as an exam “To what extent” question, for which there is a slide with guidance and support, or a class discussion. There are retrieval practice starter and plenary quizzes. I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
How did the Nazis Control People?
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How did the Nazis Control People?

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we look at how the Nazis used both terror and propaganda and censorship to indoctrinate & control the populace of Germany. We start with a simple retrieval practice quiz. We then look at how the Nazis used terror. the pupils look at both the SS and Gestapo, rating the different aspects of each for terror and intimidation, explaining as they go. We then look at Josef Goebbels and propaganda and censorship. The pupils read each method and rate their effectiveness before deciding which method was the most effective. We look at a propaganda poster from 1936 and answer a question around this, and finish with a to what extent style plenary where the pupils can either debate or write about whether terror or propaganda & censorship was the most effective method of gaining control over the people, I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Life in Nazi Germany
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Life in Nazi Germany

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we look at what life was like for people living in Nazi Germany. We start with an activity called ‘Photos from Nazi Germany’. The pupils try to work out what is going on in the photos and what this tells us about life in Germany at this time. We then look at life for different types of adults, we use an evidence sheet and the pupils make notes about how those people perhaps benefited, or suffered under Nazi rule. We then look at young people. We start by analyzing a school day fro the German school pupil and why the Nazi’s wanted certain subjects to be taught. We then look at the Hitler Youth and the league of German Maidens and why young people were drawn to these groups and what purpose they served the Nazi’s I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Adolf Hitler: His Rise to Power
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Adolf Hitler: His Rise to Power

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we look at the early problems facing Germany after WWI to set the scene for the rise of the Nazi Party. We then look at the Weimar Golden Years and what Germany was like in the 1920’s. We then track Hitlers early life and look for ‘alarm bells’. These are events in his life that shaped his ideologies or betrayed his wish to be a ruthless dictator. We then look at how the Wall Street Crash played into the Nazi’s hand and the pupils complete a text analysis to learn how Hitler became Chancellor in 1933 and then Fuhrer in 1934. I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Rating Sliders Template
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Rating Sliders Template

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Template for the rating sliders worksheet. Can be used for a variety of subjects and tasks. Fully editable. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Stalin's Dictatorship
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Stalin's Dictatorship

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we look at Stalin’s leadership of the Soviet Union and his actions. We start with a quick retrieval practice quiz. We then introduce Stalin via a video clip and the pupils complete sentences as they watch the clip. We then look at Stalin’s actions as leader and the pupils decide if they are good ideas or bad ideas using a visual indicator scale and explanation. We then look at how different types of people within the Soviet union would react to Stalin’s actions as leader. We look at a source and the pupils answer a GCSE-style 4-mark question. I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Communism: How Did The Communists Change Russia?
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Communism: How Did The Communists Change Russia?

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we recap on the causes of the Russian Revolution. We then introduce the idea of Communism and Karl Marx’s beliefs. The pupils look at the scenario he envisaged may result in Communism and summarise the stages and draw symbols to represent each stage. We then look at Lenin’s actions to change Russia. The pupils divide his changes into good ideas and bad ideas and explain why. We then look at how much the West feared communism in a ‘thermometer’ analyis. The pupils have to justify how much the governments of Western democracies feared communism at that time. We finish with a ‘to what extent’ question. I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
The Russian Revolution
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The Russian Revolution

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we look at the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its causes. We begin by looking at Tsar Nicholas II, we then watch a video clip on the reasons for the Revolution. We use info cards and visual hexagons to examine the causes in more detail. We then look at the rise of the Bolsheviks and the pupils create a scroll through history to explain the events of the rise of Bolshevism. We look at a source featuring Lenin and finish on a “to what extent” question. I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Sailboat Analysis Template
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Sailboat Analysis Template

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Revision task for geographical/historical issues. The sails are factors that contribute to progress, the anchors are factors that hinder progress in tackling the issue. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Henry VIII and his Six Wives: Interactive Role Play Lesson
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Henry VIII and his Six Wives: Interactive Role Play Lesson

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A Key Stage 3 one hour lesson, but can easily be stretched to a double or two singles. This is an alternative way of teaching this subject and the pupils just love it. The presentation includes the scripts, characters and sound effects for amusement. There is a variety of roles for pupils of different reading abilities and confidence. The pupils can fill in a worksheet as the play progresses. There is also a feedback summary activity for pupils to choose to answer an question on an aspect of the story. The lesson is a lot of fun and could even be done as a play or assembly. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The End of The War
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Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The End of The War

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AQA GCSE history lesson on the actions taken to end WWI. We start with a simple true or false retrieval practice quiz. We then have a recap of the Hundred Days Offensive with some questions. We then use a thermometer analysis to look at increasing problems for Germany and the pupils explain why they have given the ratings that they have and explain what the most serious issues for Germany were. We then look at the events of the signing of the armistice and the pupils look at the terms of the agreement. They record how the German public would react to the terms of the armistice and explain why. We then compare two sources from General Hindenburg and the pupils look for and explain differences. We then finish the lesson with a video clip and a task to see to what extent the terms of the armistice were too harsh on Germany. This could be done as a simple show of hands or a full written task. Hope you find this useful and it saves you some planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The Hundred Days
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Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The Hundred Days

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AQA GCSE history lesson on the Hundred Days Offensive and the ending battles of WWI. We start with a simple ‘if this is the answer, what is the question?’ retrieval practice quiz. We then have a brief recap of the events of the failed Ludendorff Offensive and Germany’s precarious position. We then look at Foch’s plan for the offensive in a video clip and the pupils think about Germany’s preparedness for the offensive. We then follow events in a series of event slides. The pupils read the information on the board and record the German army’s level of control at that point on the Western Front. This could be done as a round the room or carousel activity. The pupils reflect on what the critical events were. We then use a source comparison question as consolidation and finish with the pupils writing a bio-poem to General Ludendorff. Hope you find this useful and it saves you some planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The Ludendorff Offensive
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Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The Ludendorff Offensive

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AQA GCSE history lesson on the reasons for the offensive, the events of the offensive and its ultimate failure. We start with a simple multiple choice retrieval practice quiz. We then have a brief recap of the situation for all sides at the beginning of 1918 and the reasons why Ludendorff felt a major offensive was the only option. After a brief look at Ludendorff’s backstory we watch a video clip whilst the pupils answer questions on the plan itself. We then look step by step at the events of the offensive and the pupils summarise and answer questions. We then record Ludendorff’s reaction as the news of problems with the offensive reaches him. The pupils need to justify why he would react in that manner. We then look at the reasons for the failure of the offensive by using a source and complete some exam practice using a 16 mark ‘to what extent do you agree’ question with guidance. Hope you find this useful and it saves you some planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer