These two photocopiable resource books provide information and engaging activity-based challenges that will enable students to develop an understanding of a range of key historical topics, movements and events. Each topic is presented as a question.
In social studies or history, it seems logical that a world overview of historical events is necessary for students to learn about and appreciate their past. Exposing them to this should develop their knowledge in general and hopefully will mean that the leaders amongst them do not repeat the mistakes made in the past. In dealing with our world’s history, these photocopiable challenge resource books use the approach of selecting key events or movements and then providing their outstanding features in a summary form for teachers for easy reference. Following this, a student’s introduction sets the scene for the challenges. Supporting material is added to help the students work on the challenges. By working through the challenges, the students will be able to build up a basic overview and understanding of our past.
Age Suitability: 10-12+
A variety of approaches is used with the challenges:
- Working out the logistics for a field trip
- Making a map and a chart
- Finding out biographical detail
- Working out how to make things such as a wheel, pyramid and road
- Assessing inventions and discoveries
- Taking part in a “dig”
- Conducting an interview
- Understanding key terms
Topics/events and supporting challenges in the two books include:
- Where did you come from?
- Why did Homo Sapiens move out of Africa?
- What was the Industrial Revolution?
- What have been some social developments of the last 50-plus years?
- How did WWII come about and develop?
- What was the Renaissance?
- How much power did kings have?
- How did communism rise up?
About the Author:
John Brundall is a secondary school teacher who has written many Social Studies and Geography resources.