So, yesterday was the end of a long week (even for a part timer like me), and I was stuck for something to do with my year 9 class. It was the end of the half term, they’d just done an assessment, and we’re planning on starting the First World War next term. All in all I was stuck, with only a vague idea of what to do. I fired up my onedrive and typed ’empire’ into the search engine, as I hoped to find a link between what we’d been studying and the coming war.
A brilliant lesson that I’d seen described at my first SHP conference flashed up. The files must have been sitting on my drive since then, and I punched the air as I realised that the wonderful people at History Resource Cupboard had saved my bacon. I’d hit upon the first lesson in the great scheme of work about Britain, the Empire and the Industrial revolution, which you can find here. I can’t recommend it enough, as it starts by asking students to consider the link between tea, coffee, cheap clothes, and other commodities, encourages them to make close but fun analysis of a piece of evidence and ends with some well supported writing. If you’ve never taken a look at the site, please do – it’s great.