Choose only one of the four options below:
OPTION 1: The Battle of Hastings
1. Tell the story of what happened in the Battle, from the
point of view of a Saxon or a Norman. Make sure that your story is full of historical detail (be creative but stick to what happened).
Fragment from the Bayeux Tapestry, in the public domain; provided by commons.wikimedia
A picture by George Morrow, from a very old picture book about history; I hope the copyright has expired and that Mr Morrow does not mind me using his picture of Harold’s oath to William (later Harold claimed that the oath had been made under duress)
OPTION 2: People from Medieval Times – Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings, Knights, Women, Nobles, Monks, Nuns, or Peasants
1. Contrast the life of ONE of these groups with your own life. Point out the main differences in detail. You might use these topics to help you: childhood, education, work, leisure activities, values, adult life or aspirations, difficulties of life, type of society or government they lived in compared with yours. Finish with a thoughtful conclusion about life in medieval times and modern times.
Clipart of a medieval castle from an old book, now in the public domain, kindly provided through http://karenswhimsy.com
1. Choose a specific war, battle or conflict to focus on: eg. a battle from the Hundred Years’ War, one of the crusades, etc. From the point of view of a combatant, tell the story of the Battle and how you fared. Give the background to the conflict and describe the weapons, tactics and methods used to gain an advantage over the enemy or win the battle.
2. Show an aspect of medieval warfare in a pictorial way: e.g., a drawing or plan of a castle; a plan or map of the battle you described, with labels and explanations; your own creative design for a castle, with its features and creative elements clearly explained; an overlay drawing showing a castle from the outside, then on the inside; a picture of a siege weapon showing its specific features; etc.
OPTION 4: A Medieval Board Game or computer quiz