Objective: Most historical books focus on important events people and events. Elizabeth the Great by Elizabeth Jenkins, in contrast, focuses on interesting personal information about Queen Elizabeth I. As a result, some important events in Elizabeth's life get little attention in the book and some minor events get a lot of attention. The objective of this lesson is to focus on the Preface or Introduction of the book and its revelation of the author's intent to focus on interesting personal information about Queen Elizabeth. The paragraphs in the introduction about the conflicting reports of the queen's baldness will also be discussed for their importance as 1) an illustration of the author's intent to relay interesting personal but not necessarily historically or politically relevant information about the queen and 2) an illustration of the potential biases in historical resource material.
1. Reading Aloud: Have the students read aloud the Preface or...
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