Teaching resources for literacy in History

It's always central to our teaching in History, but sometimes you might want to bring a more explicit literacy focus to your History lesson. Here are some ideas ...

Looking for ideas to approach promoting literacy in History? Maybe some of these will provide the inspiration you're looking for!

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Causes of WWI: model answer
Students read a challenging essay answer on the causes of the  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Cause and consequence | Essay writing | Literacy in History | Modern World studies | Modern World: 1900-present | Published: 17/07/2017 | From the resource collection(s): First World War | Inter-War
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What is History? Puzzles
Three short tasks to introduce the basics of the subject and  … read more
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KS3 | Communicating about the past | Literacy in HistoryPublished: 19/06/2017 | 
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Connectives SNAP!
A game of snap using a collection of different types of connectives.  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Literacy in History | Published: 08/03/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Literacy in History | Teaching templates and tools
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How does the US federal system of government work?
A set of interactive tasks in which students learn about how  … read more
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KS5 | Literacy in History | Published: 10/12/2015 | From the resource collection(s): American government
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Strategies for tackling writing weaknesses
A guide for teachers who want to help their students to overcome  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5 | Literacy in History | Published: 13/10/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Literacy in History | Teaching templates and tools
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20 teaching ideas for dyslexia
Engaging and useful teaching ideas to help inform your teaching  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5 | Literacy in History | Published: 23/09/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Literacy in History | Teaching templates and tools
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15 teaching ideas for essay writing
15 inventive and accessible ideas for improving essay writing.  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5 | Literacy in History | Published: 15/09/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Literacy in History | Teaching templates and tools
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10 teaching ideas for SPaG
Ten creative and differentiated activities to use when focusing  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5 | Literacy in History | Published: 08/09/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Literacy in History | Teaching templates and tools
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Making whole-school literacy stick
Richard Durant, literacy specialist, summarises how to set priorities,  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5 | Literacy in History | Published: 12/05/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Literacy in History
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Obituary framework template
This teaching template contains generic instructions for writing  … read more
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KS3 | Communicating about the past | Literacy in History | Published: 21/01/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Teaching templates and tools
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Fascist Italy review task
A revision activity in which students match key terms to their  … read more
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KS5 | Literacy in History | Modern World: 1900-present | Published: 02/10/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Fascist Italy
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History target sheets
A handy sheet of history specific targets with corresponding  … read more
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KS3 | Communicating about the past | Literacy in History | Published: 23/04/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Marking and feedback
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Snap! What is History?
A speedy, interactive game for the classic 'What is History?'  … read more
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KS3 | Literacy in History | Published: 10/04/2013 | From the resource collection(s): What is History?
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PEE paragraph perfection
A practical worksheet to encourage focused paragraphs in History.  … read more
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KS3 | Essay writing | Literacy in History | Published: 14/02/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Literacy in History
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Key concepts and processes levels posters
Great for literacy! Posters and keywords to produce a display  … read more
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KS3 | Communicating about the past | Literacy in History | Published: 21/11/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Teaching templates and tools
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Handling challenging texts in History
A literacy tool for KS4 and KS5 which allows students to break  … read more
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KS4 KS5 | Literacy in History | Published: 19/09/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Teaching templates and tools
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KS3 literacy mats
Designed for the new literacy focus, these are Y7 and Y8 topic  … read more
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KS3 | Literacy in History | Published: 12/09/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Teaching templates and tools
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Write a letter to Anne Boleyn
Students imagine they are Henry VIII in 1528, writing a letter  … read more
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KS3 | Literacy in History | Early Modern period: 1500-1750 | Published: 18/07/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Power and conflict in the Early Modern Period
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Surviving the Black Death – a letter to the next generation
In role as a survivor of the Black Death, write a letter to people  … read more
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KS3 | Literacy in History | The Medieval period: 1000-1500 | Published: 18/07/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Society in the Medieval period
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