b. Why did Spain decide to invade England in 1588?
1. Analysis and
Revision: The Elizabethan Religious Settlement
It would be good to start this lesson with the clip from "Elizabeth"
showing the burning of Latimer and Ridley to remind students of the divisions
caused by religion - but of course it is a "15" certified film, so this is not
possible...So, in this worksheet, students simply assess whether each part of
the settlement was Catholic, Protestant or both. This is good revision of the
Reformation unit, and gives students a sound understanding of what the Church of
England stands for. Homework / Extension: Students could be asked to produce an illustrated
depiction of the new Church designed to explain to the illiterate majority of
the population how it is set up. Alternatively, the class could be broken into
three groups, so that one group could produce a poster about the Elizabethan
Church, one could provide a poster about the Catholic Church, and one could
provide a poster about the Puritan Church. The teacher should close the lesson
by saying that “Both the Catholics and the Puritans (strong Protestants) hated
the settlement. The Pope promised that any Catholic who killed Elizabeth Tudor would
be guaranteed a place in heaven! As a result all Catholics were declared
possible assassins and would be executed for treason. Many hid in the famous
“Priest Holes” in country houses (e.g. Boscobel). Elizabeth also set up the
Secret Service under Francis Walsingham to root out spies!”
Extension / Homework: Students could:
(a) Watch the excellent 30-minute episode on "The Babbington Plot" from the
Simon Singh series "Codebreakers". They could make notes on Tom Phillips, Al-Kindi,
Anthony Babbington and Francis Walsingham*.
AND / OR:
(b) Complete this codebreaking worksheet - The Babbington Plot: Secret Codes!
(c) Complete the Fling
the Teacher Quiz on Mary Queen of Scots.
*Please note that for copyright reasons I am not permitted
to copy this and send it through the post, so please don't ask!
Dictation Exercise: The Spanish Armada
Students have to scribble down as much information as they can from the
interactive news feeds, then use it to
(a) Produce a biased newspaper report from either a Spanish or an English
perspective in three sections - cause, course, consequences AND / OR:
(b) Produce a written piece deciding whether the Spanish Armada failed due to (i)
Luck, (ii) English Skill or (iii) Spanish Mistakes Note: It is a good idea to brainstorm some "good" and "bad" words on the
board prior to starting the written report so that students don't keep repeating
the same points. After the reports are finished, you can then have a "knockout"
competition where each student has to give a "good" word in turn, without
repetition or hesitation. Students sit down when they are "out" and the winning
student gets a merit. The same game can be played for "bad" words. It's a nice
way of building up vocabulary!