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The Body on the Balcony EPISODE 1 - a Historical Mystery!
In this exercise, based on a real historical event, students have to put events into their correct chronological order to make some initial speculations about what has happened. Through doing this they learn about the importance of chronology and understand the meaning of anachronism. Additionally, each student produces a timeline of their life and then a timeline of world events covering the same period.
Why 365 days in a year? Why 24 hours in a day? What are the origins of the months of the year, and the days of the week? [there is also a teacher answer sheet]
I do this activity with students towards the end of the Autumn Term. They conduct their own research into a variety of questions relating to chronological terms. As a winter holiday project they could produce their own calendar designed to explain the origin of the months of the year.
Einstein and the Theory of Relativity: Is Time Travel Actually Possible?
After an introduction to the idea that every time we look at a star we are actually looking back in time at something as it was maybe hundreds of years ago, students consider the implications of this fact in a pretty deep sense and how Einstein showed that time itself can be slowed down....definitely one for gifted and talented students!
The Body on the Balcony EPISODE 2 - the Mystery Deepens!
With their curiosity inevitably piqued, students are now presented firstly with a photograph of the scene (remember, this is a genuine historical event). They are encouraged to distinguish what they now know for a fact, what they can deduce, and what they speculate. They then move on to examine, compare and contrast two written sources. Finally, the teacher reveals the name of the person whose body was found on the balcony, plays an extract from one of his speeches, and encourages students to find out answers to some of the key questions raised by the sources (why was he killed? why was the murderer never put on trial? why were the witnesses never interviewed by police...?)
Evidence about myself
As a first homework, students produce a scrapbook of personal evidence consisting of photos, certificates, tickets and so on - but with no written explanation. In the follow-up lesson, the scrapbooks are swapped around and students have to deduce things about each other from the evidence that they have.
The "Who" of History - People
Students brainstorm famous people from history, research one each in more detail, and conduct a lively balloon debate to decide on the "most important". They can also use this balloon debate powerpoint template.
Births (100 years ago today): 1918 - Leonore Annenberg, American businesswoman and diplomat (d. 2009)
Deaths (400 years ago today): 1618 - Philip William, Prince of Orange (b. 1554)
Deaths (50 years ago today): 1968 - Anthony Asquith, English director and screenwriter (b. 1902)
Commemorations:World Day of Social Justice
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Backward Essay Planning the Rule of Pinochet
How important was the role of women in the anti-Apartheid movement?
The Sophiatown Removals: Sample Sourcework Paper / Model Answers
New Interactive Timeline Generator!
Escape the Room: Mission Rivonia!
Summary revision: Cold War Crises Compared
Model Essay: Evaluate the political and economic impact of military rule in Chile between 1973 and 1989
Historiography: Causes for the Rise of Dictators / Outbreak of Civil Wars / Revolutions
Model Essay: With reference to two examples from two different regions, assess (a) the reasons for the use of guerrilla warfare, and (b) its effectiveness. (compares Cuba and Vietnam).
The Victorians through Paintings: Video Clips List
The February Revolution of 1917
From Yalta to Potsdam the wartime alliance starts breaking down
Introduction to Racism: An introduction to Rights and Protest
Video worksheet: Brunel by Jeremy Clarkson|Factual Test
Escape the Room Mission: Rome!