History - The Crusades teaching resources
This collection focuses on providing context for pupils to gain an understanding of the Crusades. It explores key questions such as who went and why, but also examines individuals such as Richard the Lionheart, Pope Urban II and Saladin, and ultimately considers links to the Renaissance and how the Crusades benefited Europeans.
- A map-based activity to give pupils an overview of Europe and the Middle East before the Crusades.
- A good introductory PowerPoint to familiarise pupils with the differences between Christians and Muslims and key questions about why the Crusades happened.
- A great PowerPoint and card sort activity, with extended writing frame prompting pupils to examine the reasons why people would go on a crusade.
- A good differentiated lesson examining key reasons for the Crusades and asking pupils to decide if they would have joined the Crusade.
- Detailed PowerPoint exploring the reasons why people chose to go on Crusade, with a good source analysis task and a levelled writing frame.
- A fantastic source-based enquiry which encourages pupils to develop skills of source analysis whilst deepening knowledge of key individuals in the Crusades.
- A lesson plan examining the significance of Saladin based on different accounts. An excellent opportunity to integrate skills surrounding historical interpretation.
- A PowerPoint giving an overview of the end of Richard’s reign, charting his journey across Europe, his capture, eventual death and the start of the reign of his brother, King John.
- A simple gap-fill exercise with supporting extract from Pope Urban II’s speech to give pupils an overview of the First and Second Crusade.
- An excellent lesson to connect the Crusades to the Renaissance, and how Europeans benefited, through a series of engaging and creative activities.
- A source-based PowerPoint examining similarities and differences between Saracens and Christians and how they fought.
- Series of lessons examining the reasons for the Crusades, who went and why, comparing Muslims and Christians, and an assessment with level guides on whether the Crusades changed anything.
- Scheme of work and lesson ideas that provides an alternative overview of the period 600-1600 from the perspective of Islamic culture. It provides contrasts and connections with aspects of British history – specifically with the Crusades.