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Causes of the English Civil War

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King James I (1603-1625)

 
1. The English Civil War: PowerPoint Starter
A series of images and short textual points designed to generate student interest. What was the Civil War? Why is it important to study?
2. King James I: An Overview
Students consider the personality and policies of King James I as a long-term explanation for the outbreak of the Civil War.
3. EITHER - King James I: The Gunpowder Plot
An in-depth investigation into the Gunpowder plot making use of primary source materials to help students decide whether the Catholics were "framed". This PowerPoint Slide could be used as a starter to the lesson, and there is also a Fling the Teacher Quiz which can be used as a factual test.
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OR - ActiveHistory Mystery - The Gunpowder Plot [Interactive]
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!

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King Charles I (1625-1649)

 
1. King Charles I: Overview Decision Making Game [interactive]
Students play as King Charles I and try to avoid taking the country into a Civil War. Comes complete with a worksheet and follow-up activities.
2. King Charles I: Timeline Analysis
A chronological analysis of the problems leading up to the outbreak of the English Civil War.
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King Charles I: Venn Diagram
A thematic analysis of the problems leading up to the outbreak of the English Civil War.

4. Fling the Teacher Quiz
Causes of the English Civil War

Events and Outcomes of the English Civil War

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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.

2. The Trial of King Charles I: Primary Source Analysis
Students read transcripts of the trial to consider what they tell us about the King, his prosecutors and the attitude of those present.
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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)]

4. The Execution of King Charles I: Film and Primary Source Analysis
How accurately has the event been depicted in films such as Cromwell (1970) and To Kill a King (2002)? The video clips are accessible at YouTube: [Cromwell (1970)] [To Kill a King (2002)]

Interactive exercises

 


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