Enlivening Secondary History is the ideal handbook for busy history teachers who want to do something different in their classrooms, but have little time to plan and organise their lessons. Featuring tried-and-tested practical ideas complete with relevant exemplars and step-by-step advice, this best-selling book is a compendium of creative activities to enhance your lessons.

For the 11-19 age range, each activity includes links to important topics including the Crusades, the Reformation, the world wars, the Russian Revolution and many more. All the ideas are explained in a clear, user-friendly style, with a breakdown of the time and resources needed for each one.

Featuring a brand new expanded section about teaching history through role play, this book also covers:

  • Visuals – picturing the past
  • Numerical data – adding interest
  • Concepts – making them real
  • Primary texts – bringing them alive.

Written by practitioners for practitioners, Enlivening Secondary History helps teachers to bring history alive in an imaginative way. It will be an indispensible guide for both experienced and student teachers.

chapter |6 pages


chapter |6 pages

How to Use this Book

part |2 pages

Section 1: Visuals – Picturing the past

part |2 pages

Section 2: Numerical Data – Adding interest

part |2 pages

Section 3: Concepts – Making them real

part |2 pages

Section 4: Primary Texts – Bringing them alive

part |2 pages

Section 5: Roleplay – Acting it out

chapter 41|2 pages

Simulation: re-enacting history

chapter 42|2 pages

Question Time: Fire away

chapter 43|3 pages

Group Roleplay: Pluralise the activity

chapter 44|2 pages

House of Fun: welcome to parliament!

chapter 45|2 pages

Treble Chance: A tale of three circles

chapter 46|2 pages

Set Oral Roles: creating a debate

chapter 47|2 pages

Hard Talk: quizzing a famous figure

chapter 48|2 pages

Ideas and Concepts: bringing them alive

chapter 49|2 pages

The Courtroom: judging an issue