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Why did two history students argue about Oliver Cromwell?

Cromwell

Interpretations can be tricky to teach. But with this quirky enquiry you can help your classes see how interpretations are affected by the context in which they are created in AND why they differ.

These skills are highly valued at GCSE and we should develop this kind of thinking at KS3.

Starting with an argument between two undergraduates over a portrait of Oliver Cromwell, you students look at the reasons why two young history buffs disagree based on their background and starting points.

Your students will then select evidence about Cromwell’s life to support each of the undergraduates view points.

They will then explain why the two friends had such different views.’

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