This lesson encourages students to take their understanding of the events of the Russian Civil War to a new level by ‘making their own meaning’. They use history mystery cards which they have to categorise before looking at attempts by historians to group factors. Lower-attaining students rely on learning a simple mnemonic-SLUG whilst more able have to improve a GCSE answer to turn it into an A* answer. I am grateful to Paul Roberts, AST for history when in Hampshire, now at Ilfracombe College for his contribution to this lesson.
- students analyse and categorise and group specific causes
- they prioritise their importance and
- improve an already good GCSE answer, applying their new-found knowledge and understanding
Students are shown a short quotation from Hobsbawn (slide 2 on the PowerPoint presentation) trying to explain why the Reds won, which leads onto an analysis of White weaknesses and Red strengths.
Students are given 3 minutes to see if they can, in pairs, quickly come up with any ideas under those two headings based on what they know already from studying the events
To accelerate the learning, students are then given a set of history mystery cards.