Lesson 1 (from Section 1: Sheriff Hutton Castle, Yorkshire, Autumn 1485 – Westminster Palace, London, November 1485)
The objective of this lesson is to examine politics and what the author is conveying to readers about politics in fifteenth century England. Elizabeth is the daughter of King Edward the IV and Elizabeth Woodville. As the daughter of a king, she and her siblings were expected to marry for the good of their family and the house of York.
Class Discussion: Who was supposed to be the king after Elizabeth's father died? Why did her uncle become king instead? What is thought happened to Elizabeth's brothers? Why is it likely that her brothers were killed? Why would their disappearance have been politically motivated? What laws did Richard III enact that made Elizabeth, her siblings, and her mother to have little-to-no power in the kingdom? What were his motivations for the laws? How did Henry gain the throne? How did shifting political alliances benefit him...
Aligned to the following Common Core Standards:
- ELA-Writing W.9-10.3(e), 9-10.7, 11-12.3(e), 11-12.7
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