SMART TASK: GCSE questions on Renaissance Medicine

Using Zones of relevance to answer two possible questions on Renaissance Medicine.

Have you ever despaired of GCSE history students who answer the question they want to answer rather than the one that was actually set? I think I may have a partial solution. Using the technique called zones of relevance, which many of you will already be using, place question A in the middle and then provide pupils with information cards provided for you as Resource Sheet 2. Their job is to decide how relevant each piece of information is to that particular question. Resource sheet 1 shows the zones of relevance base sheet which you will want to enlarge to A3.

Place question A in the space provided and then distribute the cards for pupils to decide the degree of relevance. So far, normal practice you might think. Now comes the twist. Tell students that unfortunately that question will not be the one that comes up in the exam, so they need to think quickly on their feet. To show them how to do this, you go round and issue question B instead which they place in the centre removing question A altogether. Students now have to rearrange

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