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Police Lineup Source Activity

The ‘Police Lineup’ is a FREE editable source activity to use with your students. This is suitable for GCSE and A level students of any exam board. Insert a primary source and the faces of the suspects and you’re ready to go. The activity prompts the students to use own knowledge when considering the ‘author’ of a source.

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The resource

This ‘Police Lineup’ is a FREE teaching resource for you to print and use with your students during History source practice. This source can be used by GCSE as well as A level students for any exam board. The ‘Police Lineup’ activity gets your students to really consider the author of the source and their typical views and agenda. Therefore, it makes the students go beyond simply describing the provenance in the attribute. It makes the students link what is being argued to who may have said it. It prompts the students to use their own knowledge to explain why they have matched the primary source to the suspect. It also drives the students to consider what about that individual suspect makes the source valuable/useful.

How to use

You should insert a primary source and the pictures of 4 ‘suspects’. You can also amend the questions so it asks about utility as opposed to value (as required in A level AQA). This is in Word to allow you to edit it. Ask your students for their feedback.

Want to hear more expert advice and guidance? Tune into our History Rocks Podcast and learn how to tackle provenance, tone and the content of a source. You can also get some tips on how to structure an AQA A level  answer.

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This licence permits you to make the resource available to all students and staff in your institution. This can be either in digital and/or print form (including for photocopying). This resource may be distributed on your secure virtual learning environment (e.g. Moodle), however it must not be made available on any public or insecure website or other platform. See our terms and conditions for more information.


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