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An engaging "Historical Mystery" designed to develop skills of question formulation, deduction, research, groupwork and essay writing. Using a range of visual and written "clues", students piece together a genuine historical mystery and work towards an independent conclusion. Worksheets and markschemes included.
Whilst students are working on their essays as a homework exercise, I also like to set up this QR Code Treasure Hunt to provide them with more information and interest!
King Charles I: Venn Diagram
A thematic analysis of the problems leading up to the outbreak of the English Civil War.
The Events of the English Civil War: Overview
An overview of the main events of the war is provided, and a discussion takes place as to whether the King should be put on trial. The lesson can be accompanied by the first part of this Prezi Presentation.
The Trial of King Charles I: Film Analysis
How accurately has the event been depicted in films such as Cromwell (1970) and To Kill a King (2002)? The lesson can be accompanied by the second part of this Prezi Presentation.The video clips are embedded within it, but they are also accessible at YouTube: [Cromwell (1970)] [To Kill a King (2002)]
What sort of a man was Oliver Cromwell?
A series of sources are provided and students consider such questions as "What is the difference between 'famous' and 'infamous'?" / "How far do these sources agree about Cromwell?" / "Why do you think they might disagree about some things (hint: think about who wrote them, when and why!)" / "Do you think that it is possible that all of these sources could be true? Explain your answer carefully".
Oliver Cromwell's Life and Career
Oliver Cromwell is a controversial character. There are often calls for his statue outside Parliament to be taken down. In this lesson we will investigate his life and career in more detail to decide whether he deserves to be remembered as a famous hero or an infamous villain.
England without a King: How should the country be governed?
After the execution of Charles I in 1649 England became a republic - a country without a King - and was called the 'Commonwealth' after the phrase 'Common Weal' or ordinary people. No-one had any experience of how to run the country, but there were several groups who had their own ideas...
"Levellers and Diggers": A song by Gerard Winstanley (1648)
Which groups are criticized in this song? What are they criticized for? Can you produce the first verse of a song for EITHER the Royalists OR the Republicans in the same style as that of Gerrard Wistanley's?
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Then and Now photographs: Battlefields / Berlin
Interpretation Battleships: The Treaty of Versailles
French Revolution Simulation: Updated, relaunched
20 question factual test: Nixons foreign policy
The Watergate Scandal and the Fall of Richard Nixon
Escape the Room: The Black Death!
54-question Arcade Game: 19thC European Overseas Empires
20-question factual test: Europeans in China
Sourcework Questions: The Boxer Uprising
The Boxer Uprising
Sourcework Questions: The Opium Wars | Model answers
The Opium Wars: Multimedia Presentation / Decision-Making Exercise (22 slides plus video clips)
Sourcework: Was the British reaction to the Indian Mutiny justified? | Model answers for final three questions
Matrix Exercise: The results of the Indian Mutiny
Extension / Homework activity: Whats in a name? Whats in a logo?