Voting and Democracy

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This is the scheme was also written for our recent Key Stage re-write. This unit is designed to explore the impact of different protest movements, from the Peterloo massacre, through the chartists to the suffragettes. Along the way students will also explore the nature of democracy in the 19th Century, and compare it with modern democracy.

Students should understand that different groups had different views, aims and tactics in reforming (or conserving ) the predominant system of voting. They will be asked to come to a judgement as to the effectiveness of the different groups.

There are three lessons which are optional (of course all lessons are “optional”, but the scheme can be lengthened or shortened by including or excluding these lessons), which are highlighted in grey above.

The unit is designed to follow and build on work done by the students on the civil war (especially the reading of cartoons) and on the condition of the poor during the industrial revolution.

It will be followed at LHS by more work on the resistance and oppression, during the age of slavery and during the Shoah. The lessons at the end of the scheme and the assessment also build skills that will be useful for GCSE. Some of the worksheets and page references for this scheme of work are from the excellent Think History (amazon link) book and teacher pack by Jacob, Griffith, and Robson. You might also want to take a look at the equally good 1750-1900 book Re-Discovering Britain 1750-1900 by Colin Shepherd and Andy Reid.

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