This lesson sequence for Year 12 and 13 students was written by Debbie Bogard from City & Islington Sixth Form College in London.
Overall enquiry question
Poverty c1904: Attitudes and action – what can sources tell us about poverty in 1904?
- develop source skills through analysis of contemporary sources, identifying reasons for similarities and differences between sources
- examine why the government was concerned about levels of poverty in the beginning of the 20th century and how it understood the causes
- think critically about the nature of acquiring data and the extent to which a data set can help historians understand how poverty was experienced in the early 20th century
- compare the 1904 inter-departmental report with the 1904 survey and assess the degree to which the survey corroborates the findings of the report