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Blast From the Past! History Lessons for Secondary/ KS3 Students (Ages 11-14)

Johnette Stevenson
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(14)
These lessons focus on exploring the Ancient World, the Medieval Period and the Early Modern History.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 8
This class is taught in English.
At the end of the module, students should be able to:

Week 1-2: 
Describe the historical background of Ancient Egyptian civilization through time periods;
Identify the features of Ancient Egyptian society, including the government, social structure, system of writing, religion, and medicine;
Identify the famous pharaohs and their contributions;
Explain the significance of Egyptian invention and technology.

Week 3-4: 
Describe the historical background of ancient Greek civilisation through time periods;
Identify the features of ancient Greek society, including the government, social structure and culture;
Identify the prominent philosophers and leaders;
Explain the significance of contributions to modern knowledge.

Week 5-6: 
Trace the history of ancient Rome from its origins to the Republic and the fall of the empire;
Discuss how significant was the rule of the triumvirates in Roman history;
Analyse the reasons behind the fall of the Roman Empire.

Week 7-8: Feudalism
Understand how feudalism began in Medieval Europe
Analyse how the feudal system worked
Discuss the events which led to its decline
Assess the role of the church
Be familiar with Medieval peasantry

Week 8-9: The Black Death
Trace the nature and causes of the Black Death
Understand the science behind the plague
Analyse how the plague affected Europe

Week 10-11: The Medieval Life
Describe the culture in towns and villages during the Middle Ages particularly jobs and industry 
Identify the major events that defined the Middle Ages
Understand the reasons why certain tactics and weapons were utilised in Medieval Warfare

Week 12-13: The Crusades
Identify the key factors that contributed to the birth of the Crusades
Understand the establishment of the Crusader Kingdoms as a result of the First Crusade
Analyse the aims and importance of the First and Second Crusades during the early medieval period
Associate the developments in trade and science brought by the Crusades
Evaluate the political, economic, intellectual, and religious impact of the Crusades on Europe

Week 14-15:  The Islamic Civilisations
Understand why the Ottoman Empire expand so quickly
Identify the key roles in the government of the Ottoman Empire
Describe the conflicts involving the Islamic world 
Examine Islamic influence on Western Europe

Week 16-17: The Gunpowder Plot
Be familiar with the state of religion during the reign of the Tudor monarchs;
Understand the relation of James I to the Tudor Dynasty;
Discuss the causes and nature of the Gunpowder Plot;
Analyse the impact of the plot on English Catholics

Week 18-19: The Magna Carta and the Parliament 
Understand the extent of King John’s power during his rule
Examine the motives and provisions of the Magna Carta
Analyse the events that caused the outbreak of war and the emergence of Parliament
Identify the key figures in the emergence of Parliament
Discuss the role of the Parliament

Week 20-21:  The Renaissance and the Reformation
Understand the changes brought by the Renaissance
Identify the factors leading to Protestant Reformation
Analyse the impacts of the Protestant Reformation
I have over ten years teaching experience in bilingual, state and international schools. I've taught KS3 - A levels History and Geography;  Humanities and English as a Foreign Language in classroom and online settings. I’m also a Cambridge International Education (CIE) History Assessment Specialist/ Assistant Examiner. I have professional development certifications in teaching CIE IGCSE, AS and A Level History.

I enjoy teaching students of different ability levels and cultural backgrounds and take pleasure in making the subject interesting for my students. I also like to help students achieve their academic potential and get students inspired about the world around them. 
I have a proven track record including helping my students achieve the highest marks for Cambridge International Examinations IGCSE History in the whole of China (in June 2010 and June 2016 examinations) and the Outstanding Cambridge Learner High Achievement Award for A-level History, Malaysia (in November 2022 exams).
Homework Offered
Homework is optional. Unit topic reading will be provided if needed.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Student work will not be ‘graded’ but will be assessed by reflecting on their own learning and progress and through teacher’s assessments.
Grades Offered
All materials/texts will be provided by the teacher.  
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Discussion will be kept at an age appropriate level. 
BBC Bitesize History

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(14)
Hi, I’m Johnette and I have a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a post-graduate teaching qualification in Secondary Education. I have over ten years teaching experience in bilingual, state and international schools. I've been teaching KS2... 
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Ages: 11-14

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