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Comparing Wives and Lives
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Thirteen’s four-part documentary, THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII with esteemed British historian Dr. David Starkey, re-casts Henry’s six spouses as remarkable women who struggled to survive in a tumultuous and dangerous time. In this lesson, students learn about the biographies of Henry's wives by doing group and individual research. Students also acquire new vocabulary and write an analytic essay in which they compare the qualities of 2 or more wives.

Grade Level:
8-10

Time Allotment:
Six class periods, plus homework time and time viewing the video.

Subject Matter:
History, Writing, Technology


Learning Objectives



Students will be able to:

  • Take effective/useful notes from a video documentary.
  • Understand and use new vocabulary words.
  • Research, and create an oral report about an assigned aspect of the video.
  • Synthesize historical information from a variety of sources.
  • Express an understanding of the King’s six wives’ lives and the conflicts they faced.
  • Write an essay comparing two or more of Henry VIII’s wives.

Standards:

MCREL Language Arts Standard and Benchmarks, Writing, Standard 1, Level IV, Benchmarks 1,2,3:
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp? SubjectID=7&StandardID=1
Uses the general skills and strategies of the writing process

MCREL Language Arts Standard and Benchmarks, Writing, Standard 2, Level IV, Benchmarks 1-7:
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp? SubjectID=7&StandardID=2
Uses the stylistic and rhetorical aspects of writing

MCREL Language Arts Standard and Benchmarks, Writing, Standard 3; Level IV
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp? SubjectID=7&StandardID=3
Uses grammatical and mechanical conventions in written compositions

MCREL Language Arts Standard and Benchmarks, Writing, Standard 4, Benchmarks, 1,2,4
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp? SubjectID=7&StandardID=4
Gathers and uses information for research purposes.

MCREL Language Arts Standard and Benchmarks, Reading, Standard 5, Benchmarks 1,4,6:
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp? SubjectID=7&StandardID=5
Uses the general skills and strategies of the reading process

MCREL Language Arts Standard and Benchmarks, Reading, Standard 7, Benchmarks 1,3,4,6,7:
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp? SubjectID=7&StandardID=7
Uses reading skills and strategies to understand and interpret a variety of informational texts.

MCREL Language Arts Standard and Benchmarks, Listening and Speaking,Standard 8, Level IV, Benchmarks 1,2,5,6,8
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp? SubjectID=7&StandardID=8
Uses listening and speaking strategies for different purposes

MCREL Language Arts Standard and Benchmarks, Viewing, Standard 9, Level IV, Benchmarks 1,5:
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp? SubjectID=7&StandardID=9
Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media.

MCREL Language Arts Standard and Benchmarks, Historical Understanding,
Standard 2, Level IV, Benchmarks 2, 10:
http://www.mcrel.org/compendium/Benchmark.asp? SubjectID=3&StandardID=2
Understands the historical perspective

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Standards 3, 6, 7, 12
http://www.ncte.org/standards/standards.shtml

Standard 3: Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts.

Standard 6: Students apply knowledge of language structure, language conventions (e.g., spelling and punctuation), media techniques, figurative language, and genre to create, critique, and discuss print and non-print texts.

Standard 7: Students conduct research on issues and interests by generating ideas and questions, and by posing problems. They gather, evaluate, and synthesize data from a variety of sources (e.g., print and non-print texts, artifacts, people) to communicate their discoveries in ways that suit their purpose and audience.

Standard 8: Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.

This lesson was prepared by: Courtenay Carmody

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