WALT: How valid is the interpretation of the social and economic problems of Whitechapel in 1888 given in the ABC 1988 Commemorative film 'Jack the Ripper'? Test the validity of the interpretation and support your answer using the site, the sources and information you have been given and your own research (20 marks)
WILFs: Can highlight some strengths and weaknesses of the interpretation and draw simple conclusions based on some discussion of other evidence including sources A-C (C).... Can make a supported judgement 'How valid' is the interpretation showing an understanding of the provenance of the source and in comparison to the other evidence (B).... Can make a complex and well supported and sustained judgement supported by appropriately selected evidence and a full discussion of sources A-C and evidence gathered on the visit (A)
1. Starter - Promenade your face partner - what were the social and economic problems of Whitechapel in 1888?
2. Stand and Share
3. Watch the film clip - which social and economic problems are covered and which are missed out? Are the social and economic problems covered accurately?
4. Share your notes on your table
5. Promenade you partner... How true a picture does the film paint of both whitechapel and the ripper case... Be prepared to support the judgements you make
6. Stand and share
7. Now on your tables using sources A-C ... Do the sources support or contradict the interpretation shown in the film
8. Plenary: Mix Pair Share
A) Why did Jack the Ripper choose Whitechapel
B) What are the strengths and weaknesses of the film as an accurate depiction of Whitechapel
C) What might limit the reliability of a movie clip as historical evidence
Lesson 2 Development
Starter: What can we say we know about the social and economic conditions in Whitechapel in the 1880's? Promenade your face partner then stand and share
1. Watch the film again - is it an accurate interpretation of what the social and economic conditions were really like? - make a list of strengths and weaknesses of the interpretation offered
2. Share your ideas on your tables
3. Now look at Source A-C - with your shoulder partner make a list of ways in which the sources a) support the interpretation in the source b) suggest weaknesses in the source
4. Solo work - start drafting your answer to questions 2
As a guide:
1) Describe the main scenes and depictions in the film extract
2) Discuss how the sources (A-C) either support or suggest errors or weaknesses in the interpretation offered
3) Discuss how the evidence you have gathered from your additional research and the visit either supports or suggests weaknesses in the interpretation offered
4) Discuss the provenance of the source - who produced it, when it was produced and for what purpose? Does this impact on the reliability of the interpretation offered? If so, explain how
5) Conclude by answering the Q
Mix Up then Mix Pair Share
a) What are the strengths and weaknesses of the interpretation of Whitechapel and its events in the film?
b) What might limit the reliability of a movie clip as historical evidence?
For question 2 you have to look at an interpretation of what happened in Whitechapel in 1888. You are going to use a clip from the film 'Jack the Ripper' (see below).
Background to the film
The film was made as a TV mini-series by ABC in 1988 to commemorate the centenary of the Ripper murders and starred Michael Caine in leading role as Inspector Frederick Abberline. It had a big budget and lots of attention was paid to recreating the London of the time. The other key character in the clip is Sergeant George Godley (played by Lewis Collins).
How useful is the film clip in finding out about the events of 1888?