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Articles

This section provides links to articles I’ve written on aspects of history teaching ranging from KS2 to undergraduate teaching.

Some appeared in publications such as Teaching History, Primary History and The Historian while others were written for this website.

Looking Back and Smiling:
Some Experiences in History Teaching c1973 to c2013

Six essays written simply for pleasure – looking back over some of the issues, topics and (especially) pleasures of spending over 40 years involved in history education HERE …

Broad Issues in Teaching History

• Developing Students’ Chronological Knowledge and Understanding – my final, final go at writing about chronology HERE …

• An introduction to the uses of stories in history teaching. A discussion chiefly aimed at those new to teaching, focussing on the purposes of using stories and exploring different forms of story-telling – with lots of examples too. Download the article directly HERE …

• Helping KS3 pupils begin to see the Middle Ages and its people
as historians see them HERE …

• What do history students learn about people
and the experience of living? HERE …

• Raising attainment and Visible Learning HERE …

• Developing Enquiry skills HERE …

• A more intimate relationship with the past: Can researching your family history help make you a better history teacher? HERE …

• Are All History Books the Same, Miss?
Helping students differentiate between different types of books and develop their ability to work independently HERE …

• What Do We Want Students to Understand About the Process
of ‘Doing History’? HERE …

• Seeing the Bigger Picture: Developing Chronological Understanding HERE …

Key Stage 2

• Having Fun through Time, Planning a unit to ‘Extend pupils’ chronological knowledge past 1066’ (Primary History, 2017) HERE …

• Enquiry: developing puzzling, enjoyable, effective historical investigations (Primary History, 2015) HERE …

Key Stage 3 Planning and Teaching

• An introduction to ‘Takeaways’ and their central role in planning
KS3 courses HERE …

• Articles on teaching medieval history at KS3 can be found HERE …

• Articles on teaching individual topics at KS3 (e.g. 1381, The Civil War) HERE …

• Some thoughts on knowledge in KS3 HERE …

• Time for Chronology (Teaching History, 2004) HERE …

• Thinking From the Inside (Teaching History, 2002) HERE …

• Thinking across time: planning and teaching the story of power and democracy at KS3 (Teaching History, 2008) HERE …

• What time does the tune start? From ‘sense of period’ to modelling history at KS3 (Teaching History, 2009) HERE …

• Identity, Nationality and the History of Britain – thinking about objectives and teaching activities (Euroclio Bulletin, 2008) HERE …

• The re-appearance of a Cheshire Cat – teaching the history of Britain at KS3 (Teaching History 1995) HERE …

• Wales and Edward I – finding a purpose and an approach (Welsh Historian, 1996) HERE …

• Muck and misery in the Middle Ages? (Teaching History, 1995) HERE …

A level Teaching

• Developing Independent Learning for A level and undergraduates HERE …

• Independent Learning at A level HERE …

•Timelines, time-stories and developing confidence at A level HERE …

Historical Topics

• Anne Herbert: A life in the Wars of the Roses (The Historian, 2014) HERE …

• Henry VII: Diligent bureaucrat or paranoid blunderer? (Teaching History 2005) HERE …

• Henry VII: Out of the shadows? (The Historical Review 1995) HERE …

• The Paston Letters: An Introduction for Teachers HERE …

• The Luttrell Psalter: An Introduction for Teachers HERE …

Undergraduate Teaching

• Developing Independent Learning for A level and undergraduates HERE …

• Fieldwork in history teaching and learning in universities HERE …

• ‘Not the white tights again!’ Role-play in History teaching at degree level (Teaching History, 1989) HERE …

Exploring & Teaching Medieval History

This is a publication I conceived, planned and edited for the HA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download it from the HA website HERE …

You can also find out more about the publication and the associated project HERE …

And see the contents pages HERE …

Bob Unwin
1938-2021

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