Resources for Teachers

The Magna Carta 800th anniversary is more than an occasion for historic celebration. It is a unique opportunity to strengthen public understanding of the role Magna Carta has played in the United Kingdom and New Zealand’s development, as well as its impact globally, and provides as an opportunity to defend and strengthen human rights around the world. This is your opportunity to be a part of Magna Carta’s heritage. As New Zealand School Teachers you are encouraged to help young people in schools and universities across the country understand the impact of Magna Carta and the importance of the rule of law. Below are links to a range of resources, including pdf and powerpoint resources developed for the UK junior lawyers in schools project which can be adapted by NZ teachers. Also don’t forget the Attorney-General’s essay prize, deadline for which is 1 May 2015.

UK junior lawyers in schools resources – learning resources with ideas and suggestions to deliver talks either to school assemblies or as interactive discussions to secondary school students by CILEX, the Junior Lawyers Division of the Law Society and the Young Barristers Committee of the Bar Council here.

UK Parliament Lesson on the Magna Carta – A complete lesson on the Magna Carta, including a seven minute video, post-video activities, fact file, and lesson plan, is provided by the UK Parliament here.

UK Magna Carta 800th anniversary committee: Downloads and resources for schools – A slew of resources, including several bibliographies, a list of quotations, Q and As, Political Studies Association essays, videos and teaching ideas are provided here.

UK Magna Carta 800th anniversary committee: Books for younger audiences, schoolchildren, and adults – The UK Magna Carta 800th anniversary committee has been working with various historians and authors to create a list of books that are accessable to everyone. Many of the books would be a great addition to any library. The list can be found by clicking here.

University of London Online course on the Magna Carta – This free six week online course includes short lectures (5-12 minutes each) from members of the History Department at Royal Holloway, a college of the University of London. Each lecture includes a brief quiz to go with it and the final week includes a peer assisted assignment. You can access the course here.

NZ History Teachers’ Association: Magna Carta in NZ Essay – The committee is looking for history teachers to help judge the Attorney General’s essay prize for the best essay by high school students and university students on how the Magna Carta is relavent to NZ today. If you’re interested, please check out the link here.

UK National Archives: Magna Carta, 1215 and beyond – This document collection is designed to allow students and their teachers to develop their own questions and lines of historical enquiry on Magna Carta and its legacy throughout the Middle Ages and beyond. You can access it here. 

British Library: Teaching Resources

The British Library’s teaching resources provide range of Magna Carta-related teaching resources for use in primary and secondary school classrooms. These are designed to help teachers get the most out of this website. Access it here.

British Library: My Digital Rights

Magna Carta: My Digital Rights provides free classroom resources to support Secondary  students and teachers as they consider their rights and responsibilities online. You can also submit a clause for a Digital Magna Carta (deadline 1 June 2015). Access it here.

History/Politics/Law/Sociology teachers & university associations

NZ History Teachers Association 

NZ Political Studies Association

New Zealand Historical Association  

The Australian and New Zealand Law and History Society 

The Australasian Law teachers Association

Sociological Association of Aotearoa of New Zealand

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