PowerPoint Introduction / Starter Quiz
This Powerpoint presentation oulines why this is such an important subject to study, and provides an overview of the main changes of the period. It also gives an overview about how the topic will be investigated, and there is a worksheet quiz to accompany the presentation.
Venn Diagram / PowerPoint Lesson What does it take to be a successful businessperson?
As an introduction, students consider the careers of Bill Gates, Richard Branson and James Dyson (teachers can use this powerpoint as an aid). They compare the three men using a Venn Diagram and then each student considers whether they have what it takes to succeed in business.
Crazy Victorian Inventions - a Quiz!
Using this worksheet, students are given this presentation of 10 wacky inventions. They have to match each depicted invention with one of four possibilities. They should then try designing their own suitably nutty invention which can be later used as 'Horatio Ramsbottom's' invention in the newspaper report task that follows the computer simulation (see below).
Balloon Debate / Research Task Who was the most important person in the Industrial Revolution?
Each student produces a single powerpoint slide (using this template) as a key figure from the industrial revolution period explaining why "they" deserve to be remembered as the most important character overall. The debate which follows is a great way of encouraging students to link and prioritise different types of achievements.
"Your task is to produce a ‘paper people’ chain which:
Highlights at least FIVE key individuals within different categories we settled upon in our last lesson
Includes an image of each key character (e.g. the ‘face’ of each paper person)
Includes the name of each key character (e.g. across the ‘shoulders’ of the paper person)
Includes detail about the achievements of these key individuals (e.g. in the ‘body’ area of a ‘paper person)
Includes two key words to sum up the qualities of each person (e.g. in the ‘legs’ area)
Establishes connections between these people (e.g. on the ‘arms’ area linking the paper people together)
Merits / double merits / commendations will be awarded as appropriate to the work containing the most detail, the clearest links, and the most attractive presentation"
Linking and Prioritising Factors
What was the most important cause of the Industrial Revolution? [Part 1 | Part 2]
This lesson follows on well from the studies of individuals. Students consider the big changes - transport, agriculture, smelting and so on - and try to link them together in a meaningful way. Here are some samples produced by my own students: Olivia | Hanif | Grace
Timeline Task: the Industrial Revolution
Students are presented with a detailed timeline of information about the Industrial Revolution and a series of tasks encourages them to categorise and periodise them meaningfully. A good homework / extension acivity.
Crime and Punishment - Decision Making Game You be the Judge!
Pass sentence on ten criminals from the nineteenth century, then compare your decisions to those actually made at the time!
Children at Work Careers Advice: Victorian Style!
An interactive, self-contained game designed to teach students about some of the worst jobs available to young people in Victorian Britain.
Simply answer a series of questions about your personality and preferences, and get a full description of your perfect working-class job. A workheet is provided - a great way of spicing up a unit on the Industrial Revolution!
Social Conditions - Interactive Database The Coalbrookdale Census of 1851
An innovative activity which develops skills of data handling with a simple but powerful interface. Complete with a comprehensive project pack that will keep students engaged for several hours' worth of lessons.
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