Lesson 1 (from Chapter One)
In the beginning of this chapter, and throughout, the main character is confined to a hospital bed, and to keep his mind occupied, he argues against the sympathetic portrayal of Queen Mary of the Scots in historical texts. The object of this lesson is to understand the motivations of royalty.
1) Break the class into groups of three or four and research royalty from the middle ages and feudal times. Answer the following questions in short form: Who did royalty have to respond to? Who was it that kept the royals in check throughout history, prior to the popularization of democracy?
2) Have your students role play the part of royalty and subjects. Ask them what their 'royal objectives' could be.
3) Keep in mind that every action has a consequence. Most people given the opportunity of becoming royalty would spend a lot of money. Answer the following...
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