One of the ‘harder to teach aspects of the KS3 curriculum often put teachersÂ off from teaching it. We need help that goes beyond the textbooks. So we have devised a new enquiry : Bought and sold for English gold? What were the real reasons why the Act was signed?
Starting with a stimulating PowerPoint presentation, pupils have to complete a tricky sequencing activity to make sure that they have the narrative clear in their minds. When they know enough,they then have to generate 5 red-hot questions based on the narrative they have heard. What puzzles them? what needs further investigation?
They are then let loose on a dossier of key information which provides clues in answers to their questions as well Â as background information. To conclude they are shown four contrasting historical opinions about the most important reason Â why the Act of Union was signed. Was Burns right?
The lesson concludes by bringing the story of the Union right up-to-date, post referendum, post May 2015 election and a glimpse into the future.
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