Rival Claimants to the Throne lesson

Rival Claimants to the English Throne

The Rival Claimants to the English Throne is a fascinating and important chapter in English history. In 1066, after the death of Edward the Confessor, four contenders emerged to stake their claim to the throne. This lesson plan is designed to introduce students to these four claimants: Edgar Atheling, Harald Hardrada, Harold Godwinson, and William the Duke of Normandy.

The story of these rival claimants is a tale of ambition, politics, and power, and it offers a unique window into the complex social, economic, and military forces that shaped medieval England. Students will have the opportunity to engage in critical thinking exercises that will help them understand each claimant’s motivations and strategies and assess the impact of their actions on the outcome of the conflict.

Additionally, students will be able to watch a short film that brings to life the events of 1066, providing a visual and interactive learning experience that will deepen their understanding of this pivotal moment in English history.

This lesson plan offers a unique opportunity for students to delve into the rich and complex history of medieval England and to gain a deeper appreciation for the forces that shaped the course of Great Britain. Whether you are a seasoned History teacher or a student teacher, this lesson plan on the Rival Claimants to the English Throne is sure to engage and inspire your students, and to provide a memorable learning experience that will stay with them for years to come.

Rival Claimants to the English Throne Lesson Plan

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include critical thinking and a short film.
Estimated lessons:1-2.
Ages11-14 years.
Format PowerPoint.

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