Spanish Civil War: Causes

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This unit on the causes of the Spanish Civil War can be followed with a study of the events of the Spanish Civil War.

Causes of the Spanish Civil War: Introduction and Overview Worksheet

This worksheet helps students understand the significance of the Spanish Civil War. It should be used in conjunction with this PowerPoint Presentation.

Causes of the Spanish Civil War: Interactive Newsfeed

Students complete a series of notes "against the clock" using this interactive newsfeed activity which gives them a detailed account of the main events in Spanish History leading up to the outbreak of the Civil War in 1936. They then use their completed notes to complete this timeline worksheet, organising their ideas into those which promoted stability, and those which promoted instability. Finally, events are colour coded according to whether they are social, religious, military, regional or political in nature. Follow-up questions help students to reach some provisional conclusions.

20 Question Factual Test

Designed to test and consolidate knowledge from the previous two activities.

Spain in 1923: Mapwork Task

Students are provided with essential information about the main locations relating to the economic, military, political, regional and social issues within Spain in the years immediately prior to the Spanish Civil War. This information is used to construct a labelled map or a Google Earth Tour designed to help students visually understand the issues.

Interactive Jigsaw Table Exercise: The Rule of Primo de Rivera

Students have to read each key event, then decide whether it represents success or failure and in what particular policy area. The computer gives a score at the end, writes up the information in the correct order, and provides follow-up questions.

Fling the Teacher Challenge: The Rule of Primo de Rivera

An interactive computer game to test factual knowledge. The first student to finish should be given 20 points; the second student 18; and so on. I build up a "Fling the Teacher Leaderboard" over the whole course to build up a bit of competition...!

The Spanish Second Republic

A worksheet in which students are given detailed information and then asked to analyse it in various ways.

Video Worksheet: Causes of the Spanish Civil War - Part 1, 1931-1935 | Completed Teacher Version

A structured worksheet based around a classic video documentary about the Spanish Civil War, which is available online.

Video Worksheet: Causes of the Spanish Civil War - Part 2, 1936 | Completed Teacher Version

A structured worksheet based around a classic video documentary about the Spanish Civil War, which is available online.

Causes of Spanish Civil War: Conclusion

Students use this worksheet to summarise - and then crucially to connect - the various factors. They are then given advice on how to structure an essay.

Sourcework Exercise: The Causes of the Spanish Civil War

A selection of sources and questions designed to round off the unit.

KeyWord Challenge: The Causes of the Spanish Civil War

For instructions on how to play this game, click here.

Keyword Checker: The Causes of the Spanish Civil War

Students paste their essay into this interface and get a score based on how many keywords they have included. Excellent for ensuring topic coverage at first-draft phase.

Model Essay: "Analyse the causes of the Spanish Civil War"

A sample essay by RJ Tarr of

Interactive Essay Planning Tool: The Causes of the Spanish Civil War

Professor AJP Sailor takes 5 factors and connects them together in endless combinations to help students consider the Origins of Spanish Civil War and how to link factors in essays.


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