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King, Mark – Teaching History, 2015
Setting out to teach Magna Carta to the full attainment range in Year 7, Mark King decided to choose a question that reflected real scholarly debates and also to ensure that pupils held enough knowledge in long-term memory to be able to think about that question meaningfully. As he gradually prepared his pupils to produce their own causation…
Descriptors: Essays, History Instruction, Writing Strategies, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique)
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Foster, Rachel; Goudie, Kath – Teaching History, 2015
Rachel Foster and Kath Goudie's search for a more rigorous and interesting way of teaching Year 7 the Norman Conquest was initially driven by a desire to incorporate local history in a more meaningful way in their Key Stage 3 schemes of work. This search culminated in a collaboration with an academic historian, Stephen Baxter. In this article they…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, European History, Historians
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Hawkey, Kate; Thorne, Sally; Arkinstall, Philip; Bryant, Matthew; Rawlings, David; Kennett, Richard; Fletcher, Adele – Teaching History, 2015
In "Teaching History 157, Assessment Edition," a number of different teachers shared the ways in which their departments were approaching the assessment and reporting of students' progress in a "post-levels" world. This article adds to those examples, first by illustrating how teachers from different schools in the Bristol area…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Educational Assessment
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Moonen, Lucy – Teaching History, 2015
Lucy Moonen set out to explore whether collaborative writing in small groups, facilitated by the use of Google Docs, would help to sustain students' focus on essay writing as the development of an historical argument. She explains how she set up an essay on the League of Nationals as a collaborative task and demonstrates how the technology enabled…
Descriptors: Writing Skills, Computer Software, Persuasive Discourse, Historical Interpretation
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Brown, Geraint; Burnham, Sally – Teaching History, 2014
Ten years ago, two heads of department in contrasting schools presented a powerfully-argued case for resisting the use of level descriptions within their assessment regimes. Influenced both by research into the nature of children's historical thinking and by principles of assessment "for" learning, Sally Burnham and Geraint Brown argued…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, History Instruction, Measurement Techniques, Evaluation Methods
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Copsey, Sarah – Teaching History, 2014
What do 14 Year 7 students, an art teacher, a history teacher and the Victoria and Albert Museum have in common? They are all part of the "Stronger Together" Museum Champion project run by The Langley Academy and the River & Rowing Museum and supported by Arts Council England, designed to engage students, teachers and museum staff…
Descriptors: Art History, History Instruction, Museums, Medieval History
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Waters, David – Teaching History, 2014
Described by the author Monica Ali as a building that 'sparks the imagination and sparks conversations', 19 Princelet Street, now a Museum of Diversity and Immigration, captivated the imagination of teacher David Waters. He was struck by the building's potential not merely for exploring the diverse histories of migrant communities in London, but…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, History Instruction, Buildings, Immigrants
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Smith, Dan – Teaching History, 2014
What is a sense of period? And how can pupils' sense of period be developed? Questions such as these have troubled history teachers for many years, often revolving around debates over the role played by empathy and imagination in coming to know a period on its own terms. Rather than adopt a comparative approach, Dan Smiths decided in his teaching…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, European History
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Osowiecki, Maria; Francis, Robin – Teaching History, 2014
Year 9 think they know a lot about the First World War. After all, they read Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful in their English lessons all the way back in Year 7, they have seen Blackadder so many times they can recite it, and in the centenary year of the war's outbreak, they can hardly avoid it on television. But their view of the war…
Descriptors: War, History Instruction, Teaching Methods, Experiential Learning
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Worth, Paula – Teaching History, 2014
Paula Worth presents in this article a means of challenging students' tendency to generalise even when they know that they should not. How can teachers encourage their students to say something meaningful about the past while avoiding making unwarranted generalisations? Worth takes teachers through the process of planning her own enquiry designed…
Descriptors: Generalization, History Instruction, Inquiry, Teaching Methods
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Worth, Paula – Teaching History, 2014
Paula Worth draws on three professional traditions in history education in order to build a lesson sequence on the Crusades for her Year 7s. First, she draws on the growing tradition of classroom practice using historical scholarship, not only to inform the teacher's knowledge but to deepen her pupils' direct acquaintance with scholarly work.…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Historical Interpretation, Teaching Methods, European History
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Fordham, Michael – Teaching History, 2014
When Michael Fordham was introduced to Dr Seuss's "Butter Battle Book" he immediately recognised its potential value in the classroom as a popular interpretation of the Cold War. Wanting his Year 9 pupils to explain how and why the past has been interpreted in different ways he shows the potential pitfalls inherent in asking pupils to…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Historical Interpretation, War, Foreign Policy
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Foster, Rachel – Teaching History, 2014
Rachel Foster shows how her own study of cultural history led to a new dimension in her planning. She wanted to show her students not only that historians are interested in many different kinds of topic, but that they ask different kinds of question about those topics. Foster also wanted her students to examine how civic traditions and rituals…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, History Instruction, European History, War
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Hall, Katie; Counsell, Christine – Teaching History, 2013
Katie Hall and Christine Counsell attempt to construct a Key Stage 3 scheme of work out of the draft National Curriculum for history that was released for consultation in England in February 2013. They explain the process by which they attempted to convert the programme of study into a coherent, workable plan that would fulfil the stated aims.…
Descriptors: National Curriculum, History Instruction, History, Foreign Countries
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Murray, Mike – Teaching History, 2013
Mike Murray shares a lesson sequence in which his students examined changing interpretations of the Battle of Rorke's Drift in 1879. Building on earlier work on teaching interpretations across an extended chronological period and the work of Wheeley et al on Rorke's Drift in particular, Murray develops new emphases, fresh ways in to the puzzle and…
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Misconceptions, Teaching Methods
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