A lesson which looks at the changes that took place in the years after the Civil War. Students sort cards in to two categories 'things got better' and 'things got worse'. They then need to categorise these cards (e.g. laws, social changes etc). The cards then need to be ranked so plenty of opportunity for discussion and deeper level thinking. The main task is to respond to the lesson's title. Literacy support (sentence stems, key words are included). Students will have the chance to practice GCSE skills in the write up and there is a slide of additional sources that higher ability students can use to further develop their arguments.