HISTORY MYSTERY The Great Fire of London 1666 - Primary evidence detectives!

Grade Levels
4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Product Rating
4.0
File Type
Compressed Zip File
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading and/or purchasing.
How to unzip files.
50.76 MB   |   13 pages

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

This is a lesson I have used for several years as part of a project on London and the Great fire of 1666. Students have to infer and reach a reasoned judgement based on the evidence at hand. This includes primary sources and secondary reports.

The class works in pairs to decide why the Great Fire of London was able to spread so far in such a short space of time. They assess the evidence to decide whether the main reason was:
-Human mistakes,
-Weather conditions
-Housing
-Firefighting equipment.

The evidence is not given to them all at once, instead the teacher drip feeds it throughout the lesson. This is in a bid to challenge preconceived ideas and see if pupils will change their minds when faced with new data or sources.

The last task is to write an extended piece (like a DBQ) explaining what the different factors were and what they believe was the biggest contributing factor to the fire spreading in this way.

The lesson fits with the common core requirement for students to analyse, evaluate and consider causation. It is designed for the UK National Curriculum and I have kept in the level descriptors as these may help you with grading your students as they are skill descriptors: ie: identify, then describe then explain then evaluate at the top end of ability. But if not they can be easily deleted from the slides.

The zip file contains:
- fully animated powerpoint
- Clues from the scene worksheet
- Answer worksheet
- 9 minute clip from Charles II: Power and the Passion
- Full lesson plan description

My classes have had great fun with this lesson. It can stand alone or be used a a project, for example on Stuart housing.

I hope you find this useful and enjoyable. If you do I plan to create further enquiry based lessons like this on various topics, so any feedback would be very gratefully received!

You may also like my other History mystery:

Tolland Man Murder Mystery
Click here

WHO WAS JACK THE RIPPER?
Click here


THE MARY CELESTE HISTORY MYSTERY
Click here


TIME TEAM – WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM ARTIFACTS?
Click here

HISTORY MYSTERIES BUNDLE!
Click here


And if you are interested in literacy for history:

PEEL paragraph Placemat
Click here


Thanks
*****************************************************************************
TERMS OF USE:
This download (free or purchased) is for your own personal use in your classroom or your home. Please do not share my resources with others unless given explicit consent by me. Please direct them to my store instead. https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ms-Hughes-Teaches

You may not share this download. You may not alter any item in this download, resell and claim as your own work. Similarly, you may not sell or share these resources with anyone and you may not use the contents of this download to create anything for commercial purposes or other commercial products. If you are an education board or school and would like to use my resources district wide, please contact me about licensing.
http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Ms-Hughes-4067© Amy Hughes (MsHughesTeaches) All rights reserved.
© A. Hughes (MsHughesTeaches), 2014

_________________________________________________________
Keywords:
Stuarts Tudors Kings Queens Britain Pepys evidence sources history
Total Pages
13
Answer Key
Does Not Apply
Teaching Duration
2 hours

Average Ratings

4.0
Overall Quality:
4.0
Accuracy:
4.0
Practicality:
4.0
Thoroughness:
4.0
Creativity:
4.0
Clarity:
4.0
Total:
7 ratings
COMMENTS AND RATINGS:
Please log in to post a question.
PRODUCT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
$3.00
Digital Download
ADD ONE TO CART
User Rating: 4.0/4.0
 (104 Followers)
$3.00
Digital Download
ADD ONE TO CART
HISTORY MYSTERY The Great Fire of London 1666  - Primary e
HISTORY MYSTERY The Great Fire of London 1666  - Primary e
HISTORY MYSTERY The Great Fire of London 1666  - Primary e