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Autumn Term: Storming of the Bastille Videos
Year 9 students were given an interactive newsfeed outlining the events of the Storming of the Bastille in 1789. They then had to produce a biased newspaper report, radio broadcast or TV newsflash - either from a Royalist or Revolutionary perspective. Some of the best examples of the TV newsflashes are shown here.
Summer Term: The Abolition of the Slave Trade Balloon Debate
Rules of the Balloon Debate
▪ Students will be put into groups of five. Each group occupies one "balloon".
▪ The hot air balloons are overloaded. Each will crash into a mountainside and everyone will perish unless four members of the balloon can be thrown overboard.
▪ The first group of 5 will stand at the front of the class. Each member of the balloon must explain why they should be the person chosen to survive.
▪ The other members of the class will vote to decide who stays in the balloon. The process is repeated for the other balloons. The "finalists" then have to go head-to-head in a final debate to produce an overall victor.
▪ The key difference is that voting takes place over several rounds.
▪ The vote does not produce an immediate "winner" within the balloon, but merely decides who gets thrown out first (the person with the least votes).
▪ In further rounds, speakers should be invited to:
(a) Explain which other person in the balloon deserves to stay alive;
(b) Explain which other person in the balloon deserves to be thrown out;
(c) Explain why their contributions are more important than anyone else's.
▪ As the occupancy of each balloon dwindles, the teacher may wish to change the membership of each balloon to keep the debate fresh and challenging.
Research Projects from Year 9 Students
William Lloyd Garrison
Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Birth of the British Empire Video by Mick Trigg
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