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a. Designing a board game about the Middle Ages
In this two-hour lesson, students study why the Church was so powerful in the Middle Ages. They conduct a card-sort exercise, have a game of charades, then work in pairs and groups to start design their boardgame (detailed advice is provided on the different types of boardgames that exist).
To complete their boardgame, students will also require the following three packs of cards:
The games can be peer-assessed: each group of students play someone else's game for 15 minutes each, then complete a marksheet. They then repeat the process for other games. The teacher can then average out the marks and amend any discrepancies.
Births (150 years ago today): 1867 - Edgar de Wahl, Ukrainian-Estonian linguist and academic (d. 1948)
Births (100 years ago today): 1917 - Tex Williams, American singer-songwriter and guitarist (d. 1985)
Births (50 years ago today): 1967 - Jim Murphy, Scottish lawyer and politician, Minister of State for Europe
Deaths (650 years ago today): 1367 - Gil Álvarez Carrillo de Albornoz, Spanish cardinal (b. 1310)
Deaths (150 years ago today): 1867 - Auguste-Marseille Barthélemy, French poet and author (b. 1796)
Deaths (50 years ago today): 1967 - Georges Berger, Belgian race car driver (b. 1918)
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