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Walk the Plan Quiz -Walk the Plank - Policing [external link]
(a) What are the different types of crime?
(b) How and why do different periods define crime in different ways?
(c) How are laws made?
(d) Nature of Crime - Practice Questions
Hereward the Wake Cut 'n' Paste Activity - Use Word, Publisher and the net to reconstruct the story of this Saxon resistance fighter and produce their own report (c.1 hour in classroom, can be split into 2 sessions).
Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages
A kinaesthetic history unit! Students start by considering how guilt was determined in the Middle Ages. They then engage in a role-play exercise where the class acts as a "jury" and the defence and prosection teams have to go through trial by water, battle and fire. Once guilt or innocence has been established, the exercise is rounded off with a consideration of which punishment should be inflicted!
The Peasants' Revolt - A printable worksheet, designed to be used as a running dictation exercise.
Classtools Arcade Games: Jack the Ripper
a. What were the arguments for and against giving women the vote? (see too worksheet B1 below)
b. Women and World War One
c. The Defence of the Realm Act
1. The Newgate Calendar - Dozens of salacious trial summaries, originally published in book form in the Victorian Era.
2. A History of Violence - Gruesome but Gripping!
3. Timeline of the Metropolitan Police; the same site has a definition of policing and some case studies.
4. Crime and Punishment from Stanley Technical School - A detailed site
5. Crime and Punishment - Excellent series of investigations from the Learning Curve
6. Victorian Children in trouble with the law | The National Archives
7. The Luddites - Encyclopedia entry from Spartacus
8. The Rebecca Riots - KS3 investigation from the Learning Curve.
9. History of Crime and Punishment Ephemeral Resources
10. Would you Become a Highwayman? - Investigating the Causes of Crime. A lesson unit from Ian Dawson at www.thinkinghistory.co.uk
11. Stocks and Pillories - Some great pictures, and an exhaustive history
12. Proceedings of the Old Bailey - filled with primary sources, timeline and glossary, with a schools section
13. Simulation Game - "You be the Judge"; A review can be found here.
14. Did the Punishment fit the Crime? - A webquest project for students
15. Outlaws and Highwaymen - Some good primary sources from a variety of periods
16. Summary Notes - on types of crime, motives for crime, types of punishment. There are also some sample questions / answers.
17. Victorian Workhouses - A monumental site, endlessly fascinating
18. Crime in Victorian Shropshire - Sourcework investigations designed for use with schools
19. The Peterloo Massacre - Encyclopedia entry from Spartacus
20. Bedford Gaol in the Victorian Period - Videos, searchable database, information - design is a bit "clunky" but the content is brilliant.
21. The Bloody Code: Who Will Hang? - Lesson Unit from Ian Dawson at www.thinkinghistory.co.uk
22. Crime and Punishment in Elizabethan England
23. Punishments Through Time - A lesson unit from Ian Dawson at www.thinkinghistory.co.uk
Events (100 years ago today): 1917 - The United States pays Denmark $25 million for the Virgin Islands.
Births (150 years ago today): 1867 - Carl Laemmle, German-born American film producer, co-founded Universal Studios (d. 1939)
Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - M. G. Ramachandran, Indian actor, director, and politician, 5th Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (d. 1987)
Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Richard Hawley, English singer-songwriter, guitarist, and producer
Deaths (400 years ago today): 1617 - Fausto Veranzio, Croatian bishop and lexicographer (b. 1551)
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What is Politics? Why are so many people not interested in it and why is this worrying?
Communism and Fascism: Whats the difference?
Design your ideal state
LBJ and the Great Society
Hexagons Activity: Impact of the Industrial Revolution
Sourcework Exercise: The Sharpeville Massacre Teacher model answers
50 Essential Songs for the History Classroom
Sourcework Exercise: The Sharpeville Massacre
Model answers for sourcework exercise on rise of Apartheid
Slave Trade Simulation: Updated and improved
Model Essay Compare and contrast the role of ideology in causing two 20th-century wars, each chosen from a different region
Model Essay What were the most frequent causes of 20th-century wars?
Vietnam veteran John Kerrys statement at the Senate hearings of 1971
Why, and with what degree of justification, did Nixon refuse to immediately withdraw from Vietnam?
Compare and contrast the policy of Johnson and Nixon with regard to Vietnam