High School history lesson plans and activities: Thematic and breadth studies

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Slave Triangle

Slave Triangle

This is a complete lesson exploring the Slave Trade triangle. It includes a map task, have and need task, card sort on the reasons slavery was justified and visual questioning task

By leighbee23

Nazi Propaganda

Nazi Propaganda

Nazi Germany lesson analysing Nazi propaganda, includes a detailed worksheet and a paired task exploring forms of propaganda the Nazi party used. This can be used to link to how propaganda helped the Nazis maintain control.Also includes a task discussing the features of propaganda posters on the powerpoint to go through with the whole class and then an activity worksheet to facilitate the development of this independently This resource has been adapted since earlier reviews

By leighbee23

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Marking Stickers to Encourage Feedback - 23 Template Bundle

Marking Stickers to Encourage Feedback - 23 Template Bundle

Has that pile of books been sitting on your desk for over a week? Why not print out some stickers and get sticking! I use a range of stickers to encourage student feedback. It's an excellent way to save some time but also encourage a dialogue. Credit to A. Wilkes for inspiration. You will require various label size papers but there are some standard envelope ones. Sticker sizes include: standard address label, 25x25, 64x64 and others. Comments are appreciated. This paper can be purchased online and put into any printer. Comments are appreciated. Images are taken from Microsoft Office Clip-Art collections and used in line with MS policy.

By maxblackburn

Roman army

Roman army

A series of three lessons on the Roman Army- based on recruitment and why the army was successful. Includes three tasks labelling, card sort, spy task, recruitment advert task.Lots of high quality resources for KS2 and KS3 students

By leighbee23

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Edexcel 9-1 Weimar & Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 revision resource pack (Unit 1)

Edexcel 9-1 Weimar & Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 revision resource pack (Unit 1)

A concise 6 page A4 revision and teaching guide for the first unit of the Edexcel 9-1 Weimar and Nazi Germany specification (The Weimar Republic 1918-29). This comes with key vocabulary, an overview of the period, exam info on each sub topic, quick fire revision tasks, such as multiple choice questions, a student assessment grid and exam question examples and advice/ tips and skills. The is also a quick fire test, which can be used as a starter or a plenary or simply included in the booklet. This is perfect to give to each student either before or after the unit. I'll be doing one of these for each of the units, so keep your eyes on my page.

By planmylesson

American Civil Rights: Rosa Parks & The Montgomery Bus Boycott  (Edexcel GCSE 1-9)

American Civil Rights: Rosa Parks & The Montgomery Bus Boycott (Edexcel GCSE 1-9)

The purpose of this lesson is to develop pupils understanding of section one of paper three (The USA, 1954-75: Conflict at Home and Abroad). However, this lesson could work just as well for a generic investigation lesson on the Rosa Parks and the events of the bus Boycott for either KS3 or KS4. The lesson begins with pupils being handed a letter from the Mayor of Montgomery pupils interpret and infer from it to guess the focus of the lesson. Pupils are introduced to Rosa Parks and asked to discuss what they already know about her and segregation in the south. There is a video (embedded) to introduce pupils to Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat. Pupils are provided with a fact file sheet highlighters are to be used to assess why she was significant as many other women before her had refused to give up their seats. Pupils are then required to circulate the classroom to piece together the events of the bus boycott which followed (additional activity suggestions are suggested as well) Pupils watch a video to embed knowledge of events. I then use whiteboards as a plenary to assess this e.g. each write an event and arrange themselves in chronological order. (Further advice can be found in the description of the presentation. All video are embedded and links provided.) Please see my shop for other high quality history resources.

By morlem

Poppies by Jane Weir

Poppies by Jane Weir

A full lesson on the war poem from AQA's new spec. This resource has everything you need to prepare your pupils for this poem. Beginning with focused questions and including a full annotation of the poem in which Weir positions herself as a mother saying goodbye as her son leaves to join the armed forces.

By SIKLessons

Thanksgiving scavenger Hunt- An Activity

Thanksgiving scavenger Hunt- An Activity

Thanksgiving Scavenger HuntThis scavenger hunt introduces to students some historical information and facts about the Thanksgiving Day celebrated in U.S.Here are 20 scavenger hunt cards with colorful pictures. It’s a great tool for to review vocabulary.How to Use:1. Print the given all 20 cards on a card stock or any other good paper and cut them along the black line. 2. Get the print of Scavenger Hunt questions pages and each student should be given this copy. 3. Place Scavenger Hunt cards around the classroom. For example you can place it on chair, on table, on benches, behind the classroom doors, besides the computer or wherever you like. 4. Students have to search the cards in a classroom in order to find out the answers of the questions. Students can complete this exercise in a group with classmate or alone.You will find lots more in my store, including math, science, ELA, activities/craftivitiy, special education, interactive activities, and more!

By ilaxippatel

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AQA Health Through Time 9-1

AQA Health Through Time 9-1

includes all resources, SoW, Assessments, PLCS and mark schemes for the new Health Through time unit for the 9-1 GCSE with AQA

By franshah

Gorbachev and the fall of the USSR

Gorbachev and the fall of the USSR

How far was Gorbachev responsible for the collapse of the USSR? This activity focuses on students analyzing, linking and understanding the factors that caused the fall of the USSR and Gorbachev's role.

By LiteracyandHistory

Causes of the Berlin Blockade

Causes of the Berlin Blockade

A differentiated activity for students on the Berlin Blockade. This lesson is designed to encourage the students to use their analytical skills to order, link and evaluate the information.

By LiteracyandHistory

The Home Front in World War 2: Evacuation

The Home Front in World War 2: Evacuation

This is a complete lesson, designed for Key Stage 3, on evacuation in Britain during World War 2. - Lots of opportunity for thought and discussion, reading and recording- Activities throughout- Hyperlinked videos- Source analysis- Homework task

By MrTHistory

Elizabeth I: The Religious Settlement, 1558–63

Elizabeth I: The Religious Settlement, 1558–63

This is an in-depth presentation, designed for A-Level, on the Religious Settlement under Elizabeth I from 1558–63. Key focuses include...- Elizabeth's personal views- Influences on the Religious Settlement (Home and Abroad)- The Act of Supremacy, 1559- The Act of uniformity, 1559 (and hyperlinked video)- The Royal Injunctions and the Prayer Book- Thirty Nine Articles 1563- Reactions to the Settlement (Home and Abroad)- Act of Exchange, 1559

By MrTHistory

Elizabeth I: The Beginning of the Reign - 1558-63

Elizabeth I: The Beginning of the Reign - 1558-63

This is an in-depth presentation, designed for A-Level, introducing Elizabeth I. This lesson covers the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign, 1558–63.- Elizabeth's Life Before 1558- Elizabeth's Character- The Accession and Coronation- Hyperlinked videos

By MrTHistory

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The Whitechapel Murders: Jack the Ripper!

The Whitechapel Murders: Jack the Ripper!

Complete in-depth set of lessons on Jack the Ripper!Lesson 1 - Life in Whitechapel- Exploration of what life was like in East End London and why this made Whitechapel the perfect place for 'Jack' to commit his murders.Lesson 2 - Who were the Victims?- Investigation of the murders and the different victims. Students try to identify any commonalities and form an idea of who the perpetrator was.Lesson 3 - Who were the Suspects?- Investigation of the different suspects believed to be responsible for the murders. Students reach a judgement after considering all the evidence.Lesson 4 - The Infamous Letters- Students analyse the 3 letters that were said to have been sent in to the police by Jack the Ripper. They will reach a judgement about whether they believe the letters, if any, were sent by the murderer or not.Lesson 5 - Did the Press Make a Mess?- Lesson examining evidence that suggests the press played a part in why the police were unable to catch Jack the Ripper.

By MrTHistory

The Berlin Blockade, 1948-49

The Berlin Blockade, 1948-49

Lesson on the Berlin Blockade of 1948-49- Hyperlinked informative video- Examination of the causes and consequences- Chance for analysis of a number of sources throughout

By MrTHistory

World War 2: The German Blitzkrieg

World War 2: The German Blitzkrieg

World War 2: The German BlitzkriegComplete lesson on the German Blitzkrieg at the beginning of World War 2.- Starter activity showing map of German successes - Think, pair, share and questioning opportunity- Contextual information - class reading and recording- Animated map and quiz questions to complete alongside- World War 2 in colour documentary, with task and chance for class discussion- Differentiated reading - students then use this to complete an activity- Plenary

By MrTHistory

Elizabeth I: English Society and the Economy

Elizabeth I: English Society and the Economy

This is an in-depth presentation, designed for A-Level, on the topics of Society and Economy during the reign of Elizabeth I. Key focuses include...- Social hierarchy- Nobility and the Gentry- Lower orders of society- Population growth- Inflation- Tudor legislation (and poor laws)- Hyperlinked videos

By MrTHistory

Elizabeth I: Marriage and the Succession

Elizabeth I: Marriage and the Succession

This is an in-depth presentation, designed for A-Level, on the topics of marriage and the succession under Elizabeth I. Key focuses include...- Elizabeth's dilemma and personal preferences- Possible suitors from Europe- Possible suitors from England- The importance of international diplomacy- Contenders for the succession- Source question task- Hyperlinked video

By MrTHistory

The Home Front in World War 2: Rationing

The Home Front in World War 2: Rationing

Complete lesson on rationing during World War 2, designed for Key Stage 3.- This lesson is clear and informative A number of activities are included, with reading and hyperlinked videos throughout.

By MrTHistory