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Medieval Lives: Section 1

What are your ideas about the Middle Ages?

This section isn’t about a topic or event. Its first purpose is to help student identify the ideas they already have about the period, whether they see it negatively or positively.

Secondly this section sets up the overall enquiry ‘Are people right to be so negative about the Middle Ages?’. Each section of ‘Medieval Lives’ will feed into this enquiry to a greater or lesser extent. This section could equally well be used to link together your own classroom materials.

This section was revised and streamlined in August 2021. The original opening can now be found as a separate activity ‘When were the Middle Ages?’ HERE …

Here are two pages from the classroom resource

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Download the full set of revised resources here.

Note: These resources all have 'Rev1' in the file name to distinguish them from the original (superceded) resources.

• Student Text HERE …

• Student PowerPoint HERE …

• Teacher Notes HERE …

Latest Medieval
Classroom Resources

Read: If you had been 12 in the Middle Ages

When were the Middle Ages?

1. What are your ideas about the Middle Ages? (revised Aug. 2021)

2. Were medieval people very different from us? (revised Aug. 2021)

3. What kinds of things mattered to people in the Middle Ages?

4. Telling Your Big Story of Medieval Britain (revised Aug.2021)

The Wars of the Roses: a package for KS3

Journey to the Middle Ages: A Scripted Drama

What kinds of things mattered? – Role card activity

Read: Did Margery Paston's story have a happy ending?

Read: William Caxton's Choices


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A list of articles explaining the ideas and planning behind the classroom resources is available HERE …