Part of the "History in Practice" series which offers teacher's books that support dynamic learning and effective teaching in history, this text should help all teachers engaged in Teaching and Learning in the Foundation Subjects (TLF) to transform their teaching and learning by providing 14 trialled, precise and challenging history learning activities based on literary texts from a range of genres, and building into a deep exploration of historical content and concepts. In Part Two the chosen texts cover the full range of the Key Stage 3 History programme of study and scheme of work. The carefully structured activities are usable as they stand as classroom activities. At the same time, the introductory material in Part One and the reflection on good practice throughout the sample lessons in Part Two builds teachers' understanding of good history teaching and raises their expectations of both their pupils and their own performance. Part Three offers history departments strategies for ensuring history's continued place in the wider curriculum.
The key features of this text include: coverage of the full range of historical concepts and processes that shape the National Curriculum for history at Key Stage 3; provision for learning activities and teaching methods that teach directly aspects of reading, writing, speaking and listening, as required by the English strand of the Key Stage 3 strategy; help with medium-term planning the sequence of lessons, using "enquiry questions", and engaging pupils in rigorous, challenging and stimulating tasks, defining worthwhile lesson objectives that lead to worthwhile learning outcomes, developing pupil's historical knowledge, and fostering language confidence and skill; and emphasis on the role of the teacher in fostering enthusiasm, modelling intellectual curiosity and motivating pupils, especially through effective questioning, whole-class teaching and well-managed group talk.
Table of Contents
1 Drawing out the value of a literary source - Horace laughs at a very silly dinner party 2 Breaking out of narrative and into causal analysis - Becket and Henry's quarrel turns bitter and fatal 3 Imagining the past through historical fiction - Kevin Crossley-Holland evokes the fears of a 13-year-old in 1199 4 Breaking into narrative and into historical significance - 12-year-old Nicholas fails to reach Jerusalem but walks into the history books 5 Hearing the shape and style of an argument - Eileen Power surprises us about medieval women
Christine Counsell has been a leading curriculum developer in history for the past decade. She is editor of the influential professional journal for history teachers, Teaching History. She is leader of the PGCE History course at the Faculty of Education at Cambridge University. In 2006 the University of Cambridge awarded her its Pilkington Prize for outstanding teaching.