Things are thawing out in the Dark Ages and we will soon be moving into a rebirth in Western Europe - the Renaissance! Hopefully the rebirth of Spring comes just as soon in Shrewsbury :)
Students have been looking at events in England that kickstart the decline of the feudal system, the first one being the Magna Carta. Students looked closely at a difficult excerpt from the document to make parallels between the rights that the English were asking for in 1215 and some of the rights we are guaranteed in our Constitution. I was very impressed with the parallels that students were able to make on their own in group discussion without my guidance. We have a lot of young politicians on team!
Recently, students worked on stop motion videos using a variety of materials to show the events in Europe that led up to the Norman Conquest of England. Some students used white boards for their doodles, some did it on various apps on their iPads, and some did it all by hand. Below is one example of the final product as well as two students working on their in class. They came out great!
Ask your student how early English was formed as a result of the Norman Conquest!