Ruth Lingard and Helen Snelson have presented their work on teaching a representative and coherent British 17th century for the HA at the 2021 Virtual Conference. All the resources accompanying the session are free to download from this blogpost.
You can find the link to a folder of all the resources here. In the folder you will find life stories of people who lived in the period 1625-1714 written in the first person. Some of them are names that are more popularly known, others are less familiar. For each person there is an accompanying worksheet. There is also a summary of the 16 stories and a suggestion for a summary activity. Resources can be downloaded and adapted. Some exemplars of stories adapted for SEND have been provided. The resources as presented can be used to teach a coherent overview of the period in 2-3 lessons. This might be to bridge between topics, or prior to a depth study on a particular aspect of the period.
The recorded and live conference sessions will explain the thinking behind these and consider how they can be used in class in a variety of ways.
We are very grateful to Gillian Waters for allowing us to share these Civil War resource packs for schools: English Civil War part one English Civil War part 2
Gillian wrote these quite a few years ago now and they were for a previous iteration of the Royal Armouries and an earlier version of the National Curriculum. However, as all good resources, there are rich pickings for teachers.
In part 1 there is material on the Battle fo Leeds in 1643, on Fort Nelson, the Tower of London and Littlecote near Hungerford. In part 2 you will find portraits of Charles I and accompanying notes, comparisons with Tudor monarchs, material on Civil War leaders, information on the Great Chain of Being, inventory source material, decision making cards relating to reasons for joining the war according to status and lots of detail and source material (including partish registers) for the course and impact of the war(s), particularly in Yorkshire.
Definitely worth a good rootle through for resources, teacher knowledge, inspiration!
Thanks to Emma Bevan for this lesson on the Siege of York 1644 that could form part of teaching the Civil War. The resources are here: The Siege of York Siege of York Information Sheet and the link to the film clip on the PPT is here.
This is where we will post the first person 17th Century Stories over the next couple of months.
Mary Belasye, Countess Falconberg
More coming soon!!!
If you are interested in other sets of first person resources, there are some from 1945-49 available here: historiana.eu