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  • Comparing maps from Roman and from modern times: Higher level

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    This higher level worksheet covers similar ground to the lower level, but includes an extra exercise. A short text introduces the Roman Empire in the 2nd century AD and a map-labelling activity consolidates knowledge of the key locations. A modern map of the same areas is included: students are required to shade in the countries which were Roman and those that were partly Roman. With a partner they complete a chart, which acts as a key to the map. Useful language is provided.

  • Comparing maps from Roman and from modern times

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    This worksheet presents the Roman Empire during the 2nd century AD, at the time of its largest expansion. A short text introduces the topic with a map-labelling activity consolidates knowledge of the key locations. A modern map of the same areas is included: students are required to shade in the countries which were Roman and those that were partly Roman. Using a writing frame and map students construct a paragraph describing the distribution of Roman towns in Europe. A speaking exercise ...

  • Cold Conflict

    Type: General lesson plan Print material

    Students complete a higher level reading text on the Cold War with key topic-specific vocabulary in a cloze exercise. They then listen to or read a lecture on the conflict and complete the transcript with all the verbs used by the lecturer.

  • The American War of Independence: Higher Level

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Advanced reading text on the causes and consequences of the American Revolution. Students consolidate their learning by preparing a PowerPoint Presentation on the key events of this turbulent time in American history.

  • Question Loop Speaking Activity: Ancient Greece

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Introduce or revise the topic of Ancient Greece with this fun, whole class speaking activity.

  • The Berlin Airlift

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    The Berlin Airlift or Berlin Blockade was one of the defining events of the Cold War. Students are drawn into the topic with a pre-reading guessing exercise before checking whether their answers were right in a detailed reading text on the airlift. They then answer comprehension check questions, aided by writing prompts. The answer key contains a list of useful websites on the airlift for further study.

  • Question Loop Speaking Activity: The Russian Revolution

    Type: Game, General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Twenty-nine subject-specific terms including serf, riot, tsar, agrarian and feudalism feature in this speaking activity which will help students remember key vocabulary.

  • The USA and Russia: Then and Now

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Students compare Russia and the USA in 1950 and 2005 in this information-gap activity, focusing on differences in population and average salary. Contains practice of constructing questions and saying large numbers. Ideal for use in a lesson where students study the repercussions of the Cold War.

  • History vocabulary

    Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Reinforce students’ knowledge of the Middle Ages while expanding their vocabulary. Students complete a timeline tracing the key events of the period, from the rise and fall of the Ostrogoths to the advent of the Holy Roman Empire and the spread of the plague. They then translate and match words to their definitions and fill in territorial maps.

  • Life of Benjamin Franklin

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In pairs, students ask and answer questions to complete a text about one of the founding fathers of modern America.

  • The Cold War and McCarthyism

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Thought-provoking reading, writing and speaking activity in which students read texts on the Cold War and McCarthyism, then work together to construct and answer questions on those texts. Practises question forms and consolidates key nouns and verbs e.g. to invade, to blacklist, to spy.

  • Ancient Athens: Crossword

    Type: General lesson plan Staff Room

    This crossword puzzle is to be done in pairs. It encourages students to ask each other appropriate questions with the help of a Useful Language box. The crossword clues cover the topic of institutions and organisations from ancient Athens.

  • Christopher Columbus: Lesson plan

    Level: Pre-intermediate, Intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this lesson plan, a fun multiple-choice quiz tests students’ knowledge of Christopher Columbus. An information-gap reading activity gets them to check their answers to the quiz. Students then read an article on Columbus and correct the factual mistakes. A vocabulary activity asks students to focus on words such as ‘navigation’, ‘voyage’ ‘route’ and the verb ‘to set sail’. Full teacher’s notes provided.

  • The distribution of towns in the Roman Empire

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    This resource outlines the characteristics of towns founded by Roman settlers and illustrates the number and density of Roman towns in Europe. With the aid of key phrases in a writing frame students construct a paragraph describing the distribution of Roman towns, based on their examination of a map. A matching exercise gets students to connect the Roman names of ancient cities to their modern names. Useful language phrases help students to speculate on which names go together and why.

  • Classical architecture vocabulary

    Level: Intermediate, Upper intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    This series of exercises teaches fundamental architectural terms, from ‘cornice’ to ‘pedestal’, and details the origin and distinguishing features of the five Classical orders. Students label a diagram, match terms to their definitions, and identify the correct architectural order using a text description and an illustration.

  • The End of Tsarist Rule: Higher Level

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    A more in-depth exploration into the long term causes of the Revolution and the opposition to the Tsarist regime. These worksheets include advanced reading texts and speaking activities, leading to an extended written review of the Russian Revolution.

  • The American War of Independence: Higher Level Student Presentation

    Type: Teachers' presentation Staff Room

    These PowerPoint slides accompany the higher level worksheet on the American War of Independence. They provide a framework for students to give a class presentation on the key events of the revolution.

  • The Cold War

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Suitable for students who have just been introduced to the Cold War this worksheet contains clear reading texts with gap-fills and matching exercises. Students label a map of Europe with countries both east and west of the Iron Curtain.

  • The American War of Independence

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Reading, vocabulary and writing exercises introduce the causes and consequences of the American Revolution.

  • The Rise and Fall of Athens

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In 462 BC, Pericles created a new form of government in Athens: democracy. This democracy had a very different meaning to the one we know today. Through the use of a mind map students explore the effect that Pericles’s type of democracy had on a population in which most people did not have citizenship. The student worksheet is made up of individual and pair work and is accompanied by teacher’s notes.

  • Roman towns in Britain

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In this information gap worksheet one student looks at a map of the Roman province of Britannia showing the Latin names of important towns, while the other gets an identical map but with modern town names marked. In pairs, students need to ask and answer questions to complete a chart showing how Roman place names have changed. Useful phrases are provided to aid students with constructing questions and answers.

  • Question Loop Speaking Activity: The Middle Ages: Secondary

    Type: Game Staff RoomPrint material

    Twenty-three question loops on terms associated with the Middle Ages including verbs such as capture, invade, conquer and rule, as well as nouns such as territory, plague, crusader and monarch.

  • Life of George Washington

    Type: General lesson plan Print material

    Information-gap activity in which students ask and answer questions to complete a text about the life and achievements of George Washington.

  • The End of Tsarist Rule

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    These worksheets include photographs and reading texts, vocabulary and reading activities to introduce students to the causes of the Russian Revolution.

  • The Population of Athens

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Students learn about Metics and other members of the Athenian population who were not considered citizens. This worksheet explores, in a more simplified way, the breakdown of the Athenian population in the 5th century BC and the notion of democracy at that time in history.

  • Thomas Jefferson and John Adams

    Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    In pairs, students collaborate to share information about the careers of the second and third presidents of the United States.

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