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Games, Simulations, quizzes, lesson plans and worksheets for the History Classroom
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Silent Discussion - This is a great way of getting students to conduct some close reading of detailed sources. The lesson is framed around a key question for investigation (which could be about causes, consequences, significance…), and then carefully selected sources are placed at different points around the room. Students move between the sources in pairs, in silence, annotating and asking questions as they go. The findings are then drawn together at the end. Stage 1 P... http://ow.ly/2Xbyji

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Modern Makeover: Where would they be now? - Overview: After studying a historical character, students have to superimpose their face onto an appropriate modern scene / character and explain their choice. Taking it further: Some students should focus on producing positive impressions, other negative – in other words, some images are designed to work as propaganda, whilst others could have been produced by their enemies. Weblink: Historic figures get a modern makeover (12... http://ow.ly/2WGFQa

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Students design a cover image for their topic packs - Overview: When you provide your students with a printed work pack, or even if they have their topic notes in a ring binder with separators, ask them to decide upon an appropriate cover image with an explanation of its relevance directly underneath. The image here shows examples from my Year 10 students, who produced front covers for their work packs on the Origins of World War One. Taking it further: Get students to ... http://ow.ly/2Wtll0

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IB History Revision – The Arab-Israeli Conflict: Eighteen Big Questions! http://ow.ly/2Wjnde

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Speech-bubble PostIts onto paintings / photos / cartoons - Overview: Provide students with a photograph of a particular moment in history, then ask them to write speech-bubble PostIt notes to imagine what the characters might have been saying to each other. Taking it further: For cartoons, students have to provide a caption. This works even better if the cartoon has an original caption that it can be compared to (e.g. “The Spineless Leaders of Democracy“). Obtain some ‘... http://ow.ly/2Wfei9

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Middle East Revision: Higher Level, 1979-2000  - Eight Key Events 1979-2000: Research, Comparison, Conclusions [there is also a completed teacher version] “Different people in the class should produce a research piece on an event outlined in one row of this table, then share them with the group so that everybody is able to complete their grid. When the table is completed, use it to answer the following questions: Who is most to blame for the continued tensions in the Mi... http://ow.ly/2W9c1C

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“Keyword Challenge” revision game - Overview: This is a simple game which is a great way of rounding off a unit and revising important dates, concepts and people. It is particularly effective just before students have to produce some written work making effective use of key terms. Instructions Put students into teams of 4 or 5. The first member of the first team sits in the “hotseat” with their back to the interactive whiteboard. The teacher uses the “Random Word Picker... http://ow.ly/2VZbLM

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IB History Teachers Debate: Is it true that Israel was a state created as a result of terrorism? http://ow.ly/2VPLg7

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Interpretation Exercise – Complaint Letters v. Advertising Blurb http://ow.ly/2VhkEd

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Curate a Museum Exhibition - Provide students with a range of images relating to the topic. They imagine they are curating a museum exhibition on four separate walls. How will they categorise the images into four categories? How will they caption them? Examples: Portraits of Napoleon, Stalin or other dictators with a penchant for propaganda. Images of the Middle Ages. Images relating to the British Empire (both positive and negative). Political cartoons about appeasemen... http://ow.ly/2V2Bmb
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