The American Revolution 1775-1781

the american revolution

For anyone taking on the topic of the American Revolution 1775-1781 in the new year or in the run upto Christmas the powerpoint below is a collection of presentations for seven lessons which I made during my Third Year Teaching Practice placement.

Lesson 1: Introduction and Causes of the American Revolution

Lesson 2: The Battles of Lexington and Concord 1775

Lesson 3: The American War of Independence 1775-81

Lesson 4: People in History: George Washington

Lesson 5: Structure of the United States of America Government

Lesson 6: The Importance of the American Revolution

Lesson 7: Loyalists VS Patriots


The 50th Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

Today, Friday November 22nd 2013 (at noon) marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas.

downloadBelow are a number of images which include some of Kennedy’s most famous and inspiring quotes during his time as President of the United States of America. I think these images would be great to use within the classroom when discussing John F. Kennedy’s time in power.




JFK’s remarks upon presenting the NASA Distinguished Service Medal to astronaut L. Gordon Cooper, in the Flower Garden of the White House, May 21, 1963


JFK’s remarks at the opening of a USIA Transmitter in Greenville, N.C., February 8, 1963


 President Kennedy’s commencement address at American University, June 10, 1963


President Kennedy’s commencement address at American University, June 10, 1963


JFK’s address at St. Paul’s Church in Frankfurt, Germany, June 25, 1963

Below is a video of BBC Documentary on the assassination of John F. Kennedy which could be used as an excellent resource within a senior History classroom.


Useful links

On this day…The Jonestown Massacre of November 18th, 1978

On this day in 1978 The Jonestown Massacre took place in Guyana, South Africa. The Peoples Temple founded in 1956 by a man named Jim Jones firstly in Indianapolis, Indiana, but then it moved to Redwood Valley, California ten years later. Jim Jones believed in a community where everyone lives together in harmony regardless of race or gender. After attempting to create this community in California, Jones looked to further his dreams by establishing a self-sufficient commune called Jonestown in the area of Guyana, South Africa in 1973. The membership of this commune grew slowly in the years that followed however it was not until 1977 that Jones himself moved to the compound following a threat of an exposing article being written about him in America. This threat to the reputation of Jones served as a catalyst for hundreds of his dedicated followers to leave their American lives behind in favour of Guyana. However once they had settled in the members soon found themselves living a segregated and crowded lifestyle working long hours in unbearable heat and humidity. This certainly did not look or feel like the paradise community Jim Jones had promised them Guyana would be. Members were forced to listen to the words of Jim Jones twenty-four hours a day by means of a constant broadcast that could be heard in all corners of the compound. Based upon family concerns back in America. U.S. Representative Leo Ryan travelled to Guyana to see the Peoples Temple for himself. During his time there he received an anonymous note begging for help to leave Jonestown which lead him to announce on the day he was leaving that he would bring anyone who was willing to return to America back on the plane with him. These events greatly unnerved Jim Jones and some of the members who were happy to remain within the compound. When the trucks containing Leo Ryan and those willing to leave Jonestown arrived at the runway they realised they had been followed by loyal Jonestown members who jumped from a trailer and opened fire killing five people including Leo Ryan. Following these events Jim Jones gathered his members together in a state of panic in the hopes of convincing them that it was time for their time at Guyana to come to end not by means of relocation but rather through suicide. Using a grape flavoured drink containing Valium and Cyanide babies and young children were killed first, followed by their mothers and then the remaining members. On November 18, 1978, 912 people died from drinking the poison, 276 of whom were children. Jones died from a single gunshot wound to the head but it is not known who inflicted this gunshot. Including the attack which took place at the airport, the 18th November 1978 represents the killing of 918 people in Jonestown, Guyana, South Africa.


The Peoples Temple is an example of a destructive cult which could be discussed with senior students under the topic of New Religious Movements. The below video is an excellent documentary that can be used to teach the students about The Peoples Temple, the events that took place in Jonestown and to evoke discussion about New Religious Movements amongst students. However please note that some parts of this documentary make for uncomfortable viewing so it would be best to build a lesson using extracts of the documentary followed by class discussion of the overall events and possible group work based on the topic of New Religious Movements.


The History of October 14th….



I just came across a very interesting website called which I think could come in handy in all variates of history classes. The website provides facts about what historical, important and interesting events took place on each day of the year way back when. We spend so much of our time teaching students about the hugely significant historical events which at one point or another during a particular year helped to shape the course of history and life as we know it today. However I think it would be nice to take a few moments either at the beginning or the end of a lesson to reflect upon and connect the present day with its possible significance in the past. Who knows what we might find? 🙂


1066 – The Battle of Hastings occurred in England. The Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeated King Harold II of England.

1879 – Thomas Edison signed an agreement with Jose D. Husbands for the sale of Edison telephones in Chile.

1887 – Thomas Edison and George E. Gouraud reached an agreement for the international marketing rights for the phonograph.

1912 – Theodore Roosevelt was shot while campaigning in Milwaukee, WI. Roosevelt’s wound in the chest was not serious and he continued with his planned speech. William Schrenk was captured at the scene of the shooting.

1922 – Lieutenant Lester James Maitland set a new airplane speed record when he reached a speed of 216.1 miles-per-hour.

1926 – The book “Winnie-the-Pooh,” by A.A. Milne, made its debut.

1928 – The first televised wedding took place in Des Plains, IL. James Fowlkes and Cora Dennison were married in a radio studio.

1930 – Ethel Merman debuted on Broadway in “Girl Crazy.”

1933 – Nazi Germany announced that it was withdrawing from the League of Nations.

1934 – “Lux Radio Theater” began airing on the NBC Blue radio network.

1936 – The first SSB (Social Security Board) office opened in Austin, TX. From this point, the Board’s local office took over the assigning of Social Security Numbers.

1943 – The Radio Corporation of America finalized the sale of the NBC Blue radio network. Edward J. Noble paid $8 million for the network that was renamed American Broadcasting Company.

1944 – German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel committed suicide rather than face execution after being accused of conspiring against Adolf Hitler and the execution that would follow.

1944 – During World War II, the Second British Parachute Brigade liberated the city of Athens.

1947 – Over Rogers Dry Lake in Southern California, pilot Chuck Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane and became the first person to break the sound barrier.

1954 – C.B. DeMille’s “The Ten Commandments”, starring Charlton Heston, began filming in Egypt. The epic had a cast of 25,000 people.

1960 – U.S. presidential candidate John F. Kennedy first suggested the idea of a Peace Corps.

1961 – “How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying” opened on Broadway.

1962 – The Cuban Missile Crisis began when U.S. reconnaissance aircrafts photographed Soviet construction of intermediate-range missile sites in Cuba.

1964 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance to racial prejudice in America. He was the youngest person to receive the award.

1968 – The first live telecast to come from a manned U.S. spacecraft was transmitted from Apollo 7.

1970 – Anwar el-Sadat became president of Egypt following the death of President Nasser.

1984 – George ‘Sparky’ Anderson became the first baseball manager to win 100 games and a World Series in both leagues.

1986 – Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev charged that the U.S. wanted to “bleed the Soviet Union economically” with the arms race in space.

1987 – Jessica McClure, 18 months old, fell down an abandoned well in Midland, TX. The rescue took 58 hours.

2001 – Toys “R” Us introduced the new version of Geoffrey the giraffe in a 60-second commercial before WABC-TV aired Disney’s “The Emperor’s New Groove.”

2002 – Britain stripped power from the Catholic and Protestant politicians of Northern Ireland. Britain resumed sole responsibility for running Northern Ireland.

2011 – The Apple iPhone 4S was released.


The website also provides us with Famous Birthdays which occur on each day of the year.

On this day 1890, former US President Dwight David Eisenhower was born. 🙂