Lesson 1 (from Introduction and Chapter 1, The Most English Woman in England)
In this lesson, the author introduces the subject of the biography and gives some quick background information before embarking upon her examination of Elizabeth I. Outline the events that led up to Elizabeth's coronation, including her difficult childhood, the death of her brother, and the disastrous reign of Mary I, nicknamed "Bloody Mary." Be sure to include Elizabeth's ring and symbolic marriage to her people, as this is a reoccurring theme in the biography.
1) Group Activity: Chronicle Elizabeth's childhood. Choose one representative from the group to act as the scribe. Make bullet points of the major events in Elizabeth's childhood that could have attributed to her adult personality and abilities as a ruler.
2) Class Discussion: What kind of relationship did Elizabeth have with her father, Henry VIII? Who was her mother? How did her mother's death affect her life? How did her mother's death affect...
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