This active enquiry get students to put themselves in the shoes of the Swing Rioters. It asks them to work out how they might have responded to the circumstances facing agricultural labourers in the early 19th century.
Students work through a number of decisions, before learning how ordinary people actually responded. How closely did students’ decisions align with those of the rioters?
Would they have faced such severe punishments as the real Swing Rioters did?
Finally, students’ new knowledge of the Swing Riots is tested through a true/false activity at the end.
- Lesson presentation: PowerPoint
- Lesson write-up: PDF
- Worksheet 1: PDF