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I am a passionate UK trained teacher of History, Religion and Citizenship. I am heavily influenced by the International Baccalaureate Programme as well as the notion of Social Constructivism. I tend to create resources that require the use of IT. I am to create resources that are enjoyable for the students and require critical thinking skills.

I am a passionate UK trained teacher of History, Religion and Citizenship. I am heavily influenced by the International Baccalaureate Programme as well as the notion of Social Constructivism. I tend to create resources that require the use of IT. I am to create resources that are enjoyable for the students and require critical thinking skills.
Lesson 10: Roman Emperors
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Lesson 10: Roman Emperors

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This is the 10th lesson in the Roman Unit. In this lesson students must use a series of sources on each Roman Emperor to determine if they were good or bad emperors. The students must then quantify their data by giving a score to each emperor and present their information onto a graph using Microsoft Excel. The lesson ends with a game of Jeopardy that revises previous lessons on the Romans. A lesson plan is attached.
Lesson 8: Roman Housing
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Lesson 8: Roman Housing

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This is the 8th Lesson as part of a Roman Unit. In this lesson the class should focus on completing a worksheet on Roman housing, The second part of the lesson involves the class forming into groups and completing a display of a typical Roman House. There is a lesson plan attached.
The Ancien Régime Challenge
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The Ancien Régime Challenge

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A great task for starting a unit on the French Revolution. Every member of the class is given 10 Divine Right Points and must complete a set of Scenarios as King Louis XVI. The goal of the task is to stay in power and prevent a revolution by keeping as many Divine Right Points as possible. This activity focuses on the decisions of King Louis XVI throughout the French Revolution. This is a unit starter task to introduce the French Revolution. It is best suited for a GCSE class, MYP 4-5 Class or a Key Stage 3 class. This is a decision making task that can take up to 30 minutes. Students should also be encouraged to justify their decisions. As an extension task, a class discussion on the nature of the French Revolution; how much of the revolution was actually preventable from Louis XVI's perspective is recommended. There are two files in this set, one is a powerpoint to be used in the lesson and the other is a set of instructions.
Lesson 14: Why did the Roman Empire Collapse?
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Lesson 14: Why did the Roman Empire Collapse?

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This is the 14th lesson in the Roman Unit In this lesson, students work through a list of factors that explain the collapse of the Roman Empire. They complete two sorting tasks, one into the categories of factors and the second into a hierarchy on which factors are the most important. As a lesson plenary, students have to recall the factors for a chance to win some starburst.
Lesson 7: Roman Town Planning
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Lesson 7: Roman Town Planning

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This is the 7th Lesson of the Roman Unit. In this lesson the class use the case study of the Roman fortress of Isca (Caerleon in Wales), as a basis of investigating Roman town planning. The formative assessment here is to complete a archaeology report on the Roman town of Isca. For those living nearby, I recommend a field trip to complete the report in person. There is a lesson plan attached.
The German Democratic Republic - 2 Lessons.
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The German Democratic Republic - 2 Lessons.

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This is a two part lesson on the Sovietisation of East Germany followed by a look at the policies that were put in place in East Germany. This lesson is designed for IBDP History Higher Level Paper 3 - Post War Central and Eastern Europe 1945 - 2000
Introduction lesson on the Northern Ireland Troubles.
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Introduction lesson on the Northern Ireland Troubles.

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This is the first lesson in an expanding series on the Northern Ireland troubles, it is suited to 15-16 year old class. I am an IB teacher and therefore tailor these lessons for an MYP audience, I teach the Northern Ireland conflict as a model for conflict resolution in other civil conflicts. However some of the series may well be useful for GCSE students. This introduction lesson is tailored for students who are not from Northern Ireland and therefore in this lesson, symbols, language and flags used to identify the two communities are taught in this lesson. Students will research numerous symbols used in Northern Ireland, as well as the key words used in the Northern Ireland conflict. The students will also research the complex issue of flags and must identify the communities that identify with the flags in Northern Ireland. The Plenary of the lesson is a short 5 minute video that explores Belfast murals.
Introduction to the 20th Century
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Introduction to the 20th Century

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This is an introduction lesson to introduce the twentieth century. It is based on Eric Hobsbawms description of the 20th Century being 'The Short Twentieth Century' and/or the Age of Extremes. This lesson is ideal for the beginning of a GCSE course on 20th Century History, or an MYP 5/ IB Diploma lesson to introduce the twentieth century. The lesson has 4 tasks. Starter: With photos of scenes from across the 20th Century students must decide what the 20th century will be most remembered for. Task 2: Students follow a powerpoint and complete a cheat sheet - note taking template. Task 3: A research task where the students will research and colour in a map that highlights a theme of the twentieth century. Plenary: To discuss again what the twentieth century will be most famous for - Some guiding questions that focus on the learning objectives. Learning objective: Note present in the powerpoint. All must be able: To understand the global processes of the 20th Century. Most should be able: To think about why the 20th Century was so bloody. Some Could be able: To apply the historiography of the twentieth century, how it followed Hegel's view of dialectical movement of time.
Lesson 12: Who Killed Caesar? Investigation.
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Lesson 12: Who Killed Caesar? Investigation.

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This is the 12th Lesson on the Romans unit. This lesson is for an MYP Unit on Ancient Civilisations or a British Curriulum Unit on the Romans. The learning objectives are (Not stated in the powerpoint) 1. To understand the events surrounding the death of Julius Caesar. 2. To be able to analyse a list of sources to determine a historical narritive. 3. To be able to support a viewpoint with evidence. This activity involves a scenario where the students are Prefect Investigators who have to determine who was responsible for the murder of Julius Caesar. It also introduces students to source work as they must go through a list of Police Exhibits to determine the events around the death of Caesar.
Lesson 9: Roman Engineering
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Lesson 9: Roman Engineering

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This is the 9th lesson in the Roman Unit. This lesson is based on the TV Show American Inventor. In this lesson, the class receive some notes about some Roman Engineering, afterwards the class split into pairs and each pair must research a Roman invention and make a 'pitch' in the format of the show American Inventor. Each group must produce a power point and a cardboard model of the invention and attempt to sell it to the judges. Some face masks are included to represent the judges from the show. I usually give some chocolate to the class who make the best pitch. This lesson primarily aims to give students an opportunity to make and present an argument. A lesson plan is included.
The Romans: Entire Unit
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The Romans: Entire Unit

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This is a 15 topic unit on the Roman Empire for Key Stage 3, MYP 1-2 and Primary 6 or 7. The lessons are as follows: 1. Introduction 2. Growth of the Empire 3. Language 4. Religion 5. Food 6. Entertainment 7. Town Planning 8. Housing 9. Engineering 10. Roman Emperors 11. Join the Roman Army. 12. Who Killed Julius Caesar 13. The Third Servile War 14. Why did the Roman Empire Collapse? 15. Summative Assessment.
Lesson 4: Roman Religions
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Lesson 4: Roman Religions

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This is the fourth lesson on the Roman Unit Students use the music of George Handel's The Planets to describe the personalities of the Roman gods mentioned in the suite. The second part of the Lesson focuses on the change that Christianity brought to the Roman Empire. There is a lesson plan attached.
Summary Notes of the Communist Manifesto
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Summary Notes of the Communist Manifesto

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This is a set of detailed commentary notes on the Communist Manifesto. Ideall for A Level students or IB Diploma students studying the Communist ideology for Paper 2, Single Party and Authoritarian states. The resource has an evaluation of the limitations of Marxism. This is a challenging resource for an able class. I often give this to students as an independant reading after I have taught them the concept of Marxism.
Theory of Knowledge: Introduction task
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Theory of Knowledge: Introduction task

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This is a manipulative Introduction task for a Theory of Knowledge History lesson or as a lesson starter in a Diploma History class. The task involves manipulating the class by giving them sources and asking them to identify the individuals by the source. The class often get shocked at the end when trying the guess the source that best describes Adolf Hitler.
Humanities Challenge Wall: Extension Task
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Humanities Challenge Wall: Extension Task

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Often in my classroom I have a Humanities challenge wall for students who have completed all tasks in class. I often put together puzzles or tasks for students to work on for 'House Points' or merits. Usually the more able students end up working on the challenge wall but it gives them a good oppertunity to be competitive and to get a little more stretch when they have gone through all of the activities and extension tasks. This resource has at least 24 different challenges around History, Geography and Religion. They can be printed out and put on a wall in one section of the classroom, as soon as you have students who have completed all work, send them to the challenge wall. Some of the challenges are quite difficult as they are aimed for the Gifted and Talented students. But generally speaking my students like to get onto the Challenge Wall. All challenges come with the answers, except for some which require students to find as many varients of a particular answer as possible.
Introduction to the Balkins Conflict of the 1990s: The Historical Context.
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Introduction to the Balkins Conflict of the 1990s: The Historical Context.

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This is an introduction lesson designed for Paper 3, HL IBDP History. "Balkan conflicts in the 1990s: reasons for, and consequences of, the conflicts; role and policies of Milosevic" as part of the unit, 'Post War Central and Eastern Europe' The lesson requires students to read the long term causes of the conflict going as far back as the Slavic settlement of the 7th Century. The conflict requires students to answer a series of 6 short questions on the information using the IB History Key Concepts. Finally students have to colour in a map of the Six Republics and Yugoslavia and research on the numerous ethnic groups inside of Yugoslavia.
Lesson 1: Introduction to the Romans
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Lesson 1: Introduction to the Romans

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This is the first lesson of the Roman's Unit. In this lesson students will find out about the story of Romulus and Remus. Using a YouTube video, the students will cut out and stick in the Romulus and Remus story into their books. There is a critical thinking task afterwards where students should incorporate why Cicero's account of the founding of Rome has the symbols such as a wolf, a shepherd, a brother killing his twin etc. A lesson plan is attached.