Lesson 1 (from Chapters 1-2, Richard III and the Chroniclers, The Sanctuary Child)
In this lesson, examine the initial mystery presented in Chapter One: the two princes disappeared and may have been murdered by their Uncle Richard. Weir presents her information clearly, backing up all her opinions with evidence. The sources she mentions are very important: Mancini, The Croyland Chronicle, Bernard Andre, Sir Thomas More, and other Tudor writers.
1) Class Discussion: What is the subject being discussed in the work? What are the two opinions that people tend to have? Of what opinion is Weir? What important points does she make about the reliability of the original, contemporary sources?
2) Group Activity: Assign one source to each group. Read Weir's description of the source in Chapter One. Make a bulleted list of important points about the source, then explain them to the class.
3) In-class writing: Who was Sir Thomas More? When was he writing? For whom was he writing...
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