Daily Lessons for Teaching The Children of Henry VIII

Alison Weir (historian)
This set of Lesson Plans consists of approximately 143 pages of tests, essay questions, lessons, and other teaching materials.
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Lesson 1 (from Introduction and Prologue)

Objective

Introduction and Prologue

Weir opens her account with Henry VIII. The purpose of Lesson #1 is to understand Henry VIII as a historical figure.

Lesson

1) Class Discussion: Who was Henry VIII? What kind of king was he? Was he liked or disliked? Would you characterize him as a benevolent leader? Why or Why Not?

2) Class Activity: Using the board, write down 5-10 personality characteristics and discuss which ones were more conducive, appropriate, and/or suited for a king. Compare them to Weir's account by outlining her central argument and how it compares to other historical accounts of this period.

3) Group Activity: In groups of 2-3, compare and contrast Henry VIII's religious and political viewpoints with that of his ancestors. How did his views support and/or differ from other family members? What significant changes did he make? How is he perceived by historians today?

4) Homework Assignment: In...

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