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Resources for History teachers at KS3 and KS4.
Murder! Mary Queen of Scots Mystery!
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Murder! Mary Queen of Scots Mystery!

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Let your students have the opportunity to develop their detective skills! This lesson is a murder mystery based on the death of Lord Darnley, King of Scots at Kirk O’Field. Provided with an evidence pack, stuffed full of crime scene pictures, evidence from eye witnesses, autopsy reports, and private letters between the main suspects, students will go through the evidence packs and try to work out which of the three main suspects they believe is guilty. This lesson is a fun way to explore the death of Darnley and the scandal it created at the time. This lesson was aimed at KS3, but could be adapted to support KS4 learning/or to provide extra detail for a Elizabethan England GCSE module.
Elizabethan Exploration - Was Francis Drake a Hero or Villain?
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Elizabethan Exploration - Was Francis Drake a Hero or Villain?

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This lesson explores the start of Elizabethan exploration and the motivations for why the English were interested in developing overseas colonies. Following this, students are to learn about Francis Drake’s role in global exploration and whether he should be considered a hero or a villain. The lesson starts with students considering a primary source, a 1570s map of the world, and what this tells us about the knowledge of the Elizabethans Students to explore the role of John Dee and developing imperial ambitions at the Elizabethan court. Why else did the English seek to explore the world? The role of Spain and Portugal in the Americas, and the value of the spice trade A carousel assessing Francis Drake as a case study in exploration. There are information sheets for the room on key acts of heroism or villany from Drake, and students have a table to use for this purpose. This lesson was developed for the OCR B Elizabeth module on ‘Going Global’ but could be easily adapted for other work schemes.
Abolition of the Slave Trade in UK and US
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Abolition of the Slave Trade in UK and US

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This set of lessons will see you lead your students through the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire and in the United States of America, and through the experiences of peoples of African descent in America and in the UK. This set consists of: A lesson on the leading figures of abolition as a carousel activity An assessment on the role of William Wilberforce in the abolition of slavery with full writing frame provided A lesson on the American Civil War with full helpsheets provided Two lessons on the Reconstruction era of America, with helpsheets provided A homework task on notable African American figures (with names provided to pull out of a hat) A drama/roleplay lesson on notable figures of the Civil Rights movement A lesson on the current difficulties facing the Windrush Generation in the UK, which also covers the Stephen Lawrence case on the twentieth anniversary of his death This set of lessons was developed for use with KS3 students, but it also uses material for the OCR B American West module and could be useful revision material at GCSE.
Year 11 Revision Guide for OCR B Elizabeth 1580 - 1603
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Year 11 Revision Guide for OCR B Elizabeth 1580 - 1603

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This is a set of revision guides that follow the entire course of the OCR B Elizabethans from 1580 to 1603. Included in this pack; Key dates for Elizabeth’s reign, family tree, and discussion of how she used images in her portraits Elizabeth and Government Catholics Daily Lives Popular Culture and Merry England Going Global Each set of notes addresses the enquiry question set in the relevant section of the OCR B textbook, as well as suggestions for revision techniques, methods to improve knowledge retention, and opportunities to develop source skills. The set was designed to be used in conjunction with the OCR B textbook, but could be a useful starting point for students who are getting to grips with the subject, or as a means to test students who have already covered the topic previously and are in the process for revising for summer exams.
Elizabethan England - Witchcraft
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Elizabethan England - Witchcraft

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Lesson Objectives: To know key details of witchcraft in Elizabethan England To describe key features in the rise of witchcraft To interpret sources about witchcraft Designed for the OCR B Elizabethan England module, this lesson looks at Elizabethan attitudes to witchcraft, the features of witchcraft beliefs and trials, and looks at a source question as a plenary. This lesson does require the use of the OCR B textbook. The starter features images for students to begin discussing ideas around witchcraft and the powers Elizabethans believes witches had. The lesson goes on to discuss differences between cunning women and witches, and changes in society that led witchcraft accusations to go up. The lesson discusses who was particularly vulnerable to witchcraft accusations, and the interpretations used by historians to explain why accusations rose in this period. The lesson analyses a source in the plenary and provides prompts for students to use.
World War One - Assassination of Franz Ferdinand
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World War One - Assassination of Franz Ferdinand

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*Lesson Objectives: To know the events of 28th June 1914 To interpret why the death of Franz Ferdinand happened To investigate the impact of the assassinations * This lesson is designed to be used to start a topic about World War One by investigating the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. The lesson begins by opening students to discuss the impact individuals have on history. How could the deaths of just two people change world history? The tensions between Austra and Serbia are explained, briefly, and establishes the role of empires and nationalism. What happened on the 28th of June, 1914? Lead students through the events, either by using the notes on the board, or the worksheets that detail a historian’s account of the day. What went wrong? Use the worksheets of 28th June 1914 and lead students in group work. What opportunities were missed on the day to avert the deaths of Franz Ferdinand and his wife? This could also be used with higher level students to investigate the role of historical narrative and bias - this account is prepared by a writer, who was not present at the time. How reliable is this evidence? What is the role of Gavrilo Princip? Many remember him as a murderer, but some remember him as a hero and a freedom fighter. Is this interpretation valid? The Road to War - the events of June and August that led to war in Europe. Students can use the Road to War worksheet to copy down the important dates on the pathway to World War One. Without the death of Franz Ferdinand, would WW1 have happened? The lesson closes on a student discussion about the role of individual impact on events and history. Can one event ever be considered as the single start of war? This lesson would be suited for a KS3 higher ability group, or for a KS4 class developing further skills. Worksheets provided: the Road to War, the day of 28th of June, and a simpler version of the 28th of June.