Early Modern British:
Henry VII | Henry VIII 1509-1529 | Henry VIII 1529-1547 | Edward VI | Mary I | Elizabeth I
Lutheran Reformation | Zwingli/Calvin/ Radicals | Counter-Reformation | Ferdinand/Isabella | Charles I/Phillip II | Ottoman Empire | French Revolution / Napoleon
Rise of 20thC Dictators | Rule of 20thC Dictators
Origins of Wars | WW1 / WW2: origins compared
Tsar Alexander II
Tsar Alexander III
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•IGCSE Paper 1 Model Answers
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Pre-class preparation: Video Documentary and Worksheet
Prior to the first lesson on this topic, students should complete this worksheet which provides them with a thorough overview of the main events, themes and personalities.
Teacher-Led Online Presentation
A 12-slide presentation providing an essential overview and images to analyse and discuss.
Individual Research Phase
This pack provides detailed information and suggested areas for research. Students choose a range of themes from those suggested and conduct their own research to help them prepare their essays.
Design a school exhibition!
The Impact of McCarthyism in the USA in the 1950s is such a rich topic of study that it is difficult to know what to focus on, so I let each student choose their own area of interest (music, film, politics, science....) and then gave them their own exhibition space to produce something in the school corridor. Rather than it being a 'display' they have to include questions / tasks (what they called 'clickbait'!) to get other students interested. They came up with some great ideas ('Which one of these posters is NOT really from the period?', 'Match this character card to the one on display which tells you what happened to them in the Red Scare', 'Find the 'reds under the beds' badges hidden around school and trade each one in for a sweet!'' and so on...
Keyword Checker - How did the early years of the Cold War (1946 to 1956) affect the political and social life of the United States?
When students have completed their essays on this question, they should put them into this key word checker to determine how many key terms they have successfully incorporated.
Model Essay: How did the early years of the Cold War (1946 to 1956) affect the political and social life of the United States? [teacher password required]
Here's a model essay I wrote on the key question in timed conditions, and which students could be given after completing their own.
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Events (150 years ago today): 1869 – In Dumbarton, Scotland, the clipper Cutty Sark is launched and is one of the last clippers ever built, and the only one still surviving today.
Births (500 years ago today): 1519 – Johannes Crato von Krafftheim, German humanist and physician (d. 1585)
Births (200 years ago today): 1819 – George Eliot, English novelist and poet (d. 1880)
Births (150 years ago today): 1869 – André Gide, French novelist, essayist, and dramatist, Nobel Prize laureate (d. 1951)
Births (100 years ago today): 1919 – Máire Drumm, Irish politician (d. 1976)
Births (50 years ago today): 1969 – Byron Houston, American basketball player
Deaths (200 years ago today): 1819 – John Stackhouse, English botanist and phycologist (b. 1742)
Deaths (100 years ago today): 1919 – Francisco Moreno, Argentinian explorer and academic (b. 1852)
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