The Cathars of Languedoc were a fascinating group of Medieval religious dissidents.
Here at the International School of Toulouse we round off a study of this topic with a joint History/Geography trip to the Medieval Citadel of Carcassonne.
Option 1: Project-based
An ActiveHistory Mystery. The "History Mysteries" lessons are designed as stand-alone projects which each last 3-4 hours.
Through engaging historical topics, they teach skills of problem formulation, deductive reasoning, independent research, groupwork and structured writing.
There is a standard teacher lesson plan and student record sheet / markscheme for each activity.
Option 2: Worksheet-based
1. Introduction: The Court of Raymond of Toulouse
Designed to give students a romantic impression of what Medieval Languedoc was like.
2. Why did the Pope launch the Albigensian Crusade? (a) Religious Reasons
Students compare Cathar viewpoints to those of Catholics, and form their own judgement as to which they have most sympathy with.
5. The Siege of Toulouse: Living Graph Activity
Focusing on the Siege Stone at Carcassonne.
8. The Siege of Montsegur: Interactive Running Dictation Exercise
Students watch the events unfold through a series of "news feeds" and should then be asked to write a biased newspaper report about the event from either a Catholic or a Cathar perspective.
Revision / End of Unit Quizzes