Evaluating a historical figure: Charlemagne

Dear S2Y, As a historian and discerning writer, you need to choose precise words. Here are some imprecise words that one hears every day: “awesome”, “amazing”, “extraordinary”, “wonderful”, “good”, “marvellous”, “terrible”, “bad” – and so on. In speech, such words are easy to use, even though they sometimes fail to convey exact meanings. I’m not saying […]

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The Medieval Mind and the Black Death

Summary of Useful Links on this Topic: Essential Vocabulary: Quizlet  BBC Bite Size History: The Black Death from www.bbc.co.uk The Plague in Sydney, 1900: A Picture Gallery  The Black Death and Early Public Health Measures from www.sciencemuseum.org.uk  Death Defined: Black Death – Causes and Symptoms from http://historymedren.about.com/ How the Black Death Worked from www.howstuffworks.com A General Account, […]

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About the Samurai – Creating an Infographic

About the Samurai – Creating an Infographic

Clipart provided by www.clipartlord.com Dear 82Z, Have you ever heard the expression: “Words can’t describe how I feel”? That phrase always strikes me as lazy, because I can’t help thinking: “Describing is exactly what words are for. Don’t just give up, reach into your lexicon and find the words you need!” I cannot imagine that you would […]

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Three Synonyms, One Antonym

Three Synonyms, One Antonym

Dear 82Z, Have you always wanted to be a walking thesaurus whose range of vocabulary, ease of self-expression and apt word choice are admired by all? Would you like to be envied by less eloquent types who hang on your words and dream of being as articulate and expressive as you are? Do you secretly hope to […]

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Europe and Japan in the Medieval Periods

Quiz: The Story So Far – A Knowledge Quiz on Medieval Europe Crossword on Medieval Europe and Japan Photo in background of crossword from Flickr via Madmrmox A comparison of medieval Europe and Japan Comparisons: similar | compared to | comparable | resemble | In both societies, … | Another common element is… | In comparison,…  Contrasts: […]

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Siege: Castles at War

Dear S2Z, Use the digital flashcards below to revise the details of siege warfare and the Hundred Years War. Then try the “matching quiz” provided as a link. If you’d like to challenge yourself to a game, you could also try the “Gravity” link. Kind regards, Ms Green Sieges: Castles at War – Fill-the-gap quiz […]

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Gruesome Punishments in the Middle Ages

  Froissart Chronicles, Execution by Unknown Artist Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons  Dear 82Z, Even a civilised, progressive group of students like you is likely to find the foul and grisly punishments of the medieval period intriguing. I expect you to be torn between revulsion and a certain macabre fascination. Today’s task is merely an in-class […]

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The Norman Conquest: A Revision Wheel, a Crossword and a Kahoot

1 Worth watching Why we swear in Anglo-Saxon and order fancy food in French  The Story of English: Influence of Norman French on English  The life of peasants after the Norman Conquest 2 Revision Wheel  3 A crossword testing your knowledge of history and your memory for historical vocabulary 4 Play this Kahoot to revise your knowledge of […]

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A Difficult Life in an Unequal World

A Difficult Life in an Unequal World

Research Options and Links             The Life of Peasants Assignment Sheet Download: PDF Short film on the lives of peasants after the Norman Conquest History Learning Site Daily Medieval Life Variations in peasants’ status Film based on the Luttrell Psalter | Details about how the film was made Primary Sources: Dialogue […]

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Evaluating a historical person using words other than “awesome” and “bad guy”

First, a little rant from an old history teacher: As a historian and discerning writer, you must choose precise words. Here are some imprecise words that one hears every day: “awesome”, “amazing”, “extraordinary”, “wonderful”, “good”, “marvellous”, “terrible”, “bad” – and so on. In speech, such words are easy to use, even though they sometimes fail to […]

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The Life of Vikings

Dear S2Z, Since many of you will have finished your concept map on cause and effect (or perhaps not?), I am providing some reading on the Vikings, so that you can complete the notes based on this handout. The links below are intended to provide you with extra information that will complement the information in your […]

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Anglo-Saxon Riddles by Modern English Speakers

Anglo-Saxon Riddles by Modern English Speakers

Dear S2Z, You would have been outstanding contributors to the life of the Angles, Saxons and Jutes. I like to think that you have taken their words and turned them into modern riddles that are just as mysterious, beautiful, poetic and creative as the originals. Kind regards, Ms Green Download: Rubric for assignment Here are […]

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Analysing Causes and Effects in History

Dear Year 8, As you know, history is not a scientific experiment in which you can repeat the procedure to check the results. Instead, it is complex, unpredictable, often subjective and frequently mysterious. Historians deal with approximations of the truth, based on partial sources that may be old, open to question, written in dead languages […]

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About the Samurai – A Concept Map

Year 8 2015 – Medieval History Quiz – Semester 2 Dear 8E, Your task is to create a concept map to summarise the life, customs, skills and idiosyncrasies of the Samurai. The links I have provided below are very informative and interesting.  Before you begin with your historical reading, contemplate how you can best design a concept […]

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