Level: Intermediate Time: 60 mins + Skills: Reading, Writing Topic: henry VIII



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Level: Intermediate Time: 60 mins + Skills: Reading, Writing Topic: HENRY VIII

  • Students will practise reading for gist and detail in the context of British historyhttp://www.learn4good.com/schools/frontend/img/listing_logos/8/listing_logo_8927.jpg

  • Students will write a biography of Henry VIII using a ‘gradual approximation’ technique

Materials: Reading (Henry VIII biography), questions, writing activity, example of completed task (which students will use for comparison), pictures of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and a Tudor House

Stages

1. Introduce the topic by asking students to discuss the following questions

Do you have a royal family in your country?

Do you know anything about the British Royal Family?

Do you know any historical kings and queens of England?

Students discuss these together first, leading to class feedback. 5 mins



2. Show students a picture of Henry VIII. Discuss the picture with students with some prompting questions, e.g.

When was he king of England? What were his hobbies? What was his personality like? What he popular?

Elicit answers from students and write them on the board as notes (‘not popular’, ‘16th century’, etc.) 5 mins

3. Gist reading. Tell students that they will be reading a biography (ccq) of Henry VIII. Explain that the text appears on a website called ‘project Britain’, it gives basic cultural info on the UK. Handout the biography – ENSURE STUDENTS ONLY LOOK AT SIDE 1 OF THE TEXT! SIDE 2 IS AN EXAMPLE OF THE COMPLETED WRITING TASK! Give students a strict time limit of 2 minutes to read the text.

Does the text mention anything on the board? Were your guesses correct?

Students read for 2 minutes. REMEMBER that students should share their thoughts with each other in pairs BEFORE feedback as a class. 5 mins



4. Reading for detail. Give students a handout of detailed questions. They should work alone for 7 minutes to consider their own answers. Then they should compare answers with a partner. Feedback and class discussion.

Note: some questions require a personal response, so there is no specific answer

Answers: 1 – b 2 – heir to the throne 3 – Catholicism 4 – dukes, barons, noblemen

5 – (these languages were important in Europe at the time) 6 – the flowers are a Tudor symbol

7 – (personal response) 8 mins

5. Short speaking practice. Students work in pairs. One member of the pair is given a picture, they must not show their partner. They must describe this to their partner, who listens and draws. They then swap roles, with the other student given a new picture. This task is just for fun, and introduces a few other things about Henry VIII (e.g. tudor houses, Anne Boleyn) 8 mins



6. Writing task part one – verb forms.

Explain to students that they will be writing some more information on Henry VIII. Give students the writing task hand out, encourage them to complete activity one alone. Before they start, highlight the possible verb forms that students could use for this text. Remind them that biographies most commonly use past tense. Monitor and assist.



6 mins

7. Writing task part two – pronouns and linking structures.

Students complete exercises 2-5 alone. Teacher must monitor carefully and assist. Clarification may be needed for certain sections. Students compare answers in pairs. Teacher can monitor and check students have used correct structures. 6 mins



8. Writing task part three – text production.

Students use their new sentences and structures to create the full text. They do this alone, then they can compare their output with their partner. 6 mins



9. Writing task part four - error correction

Teacher will have noted down any errors made by students during the production stage. Use these notes to do some error correction



REMEMBER: correct learners on target structures (verb forms, pronouns, linkers), or mistakes below intermediate level. 5 mins

10. Explain to students that the completed text is on the back of their reading activity. Instruct them to turn this over, view the text and compare it with their own. Were they accurate? 4 mins

11. Plenary: ask class to give you 8 facts about Henry VIII 2 mins

Optional extensions:

  • Students could use the information to create work for a display, such as a timeline of Henry VIII’s life, storyboard of his life

  • Board the picture of Henry VIII. Give students each an A4 sized speech bubble. They can write what they think Henry VIII might say and pin this up on the board!

  • ‘A day in the life of Henry VIII’. Give students a timetable (9am, 10am, etc) and have them complete the activities for Henry VIIIs day. They can use the information about his hobbies or lifestyle to help them

  • ‘Lonely Hearts’ – Imagine Henry is after yet another wife! Get students to write a Henry VIII lonely hearts column – King seeking Queen.

  • ‘Larger than Life’. Get students to plan a Tudor style diet and exercise regime for the overweight Henry.

  • ‘Dear Diary’ – have students write a diary entry from the perspective of one of Henry’s wives/children.

  • Webquest. Make a short online research activity for learners on Tudor England.

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www.telegraph.co.uk


www.bbc.co.ukhttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/0e/anneboleyn2.jpg



http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7d/lucas_horenbout_-_henry_viii_-_wga11740.jpg

https://www.thisdayinalternatehistory.blogspot.com



BIOGRAPHY OF HENRY VIII (SIDE 1)

Henry Vlll is probably the most well known of the Tudor kings. He was a very selfish person and by the end of his life everyone was afraid of him, mainly because of his ruthless behaviour toward anyone who didn't agree with him.

Henry Vlll was born at Greenwich Palace, London on 28 June 1491 and was the second son of Henry Vll and Elizabeth of York. He became Prince of Wales and heir to the throne on the death of his elder brother, Prince Arthur, in 1502.

rose When did Henry become king?henry

He succeeded to the throne after his father's death on 21 April 1509. He was 17 years old when he became king.

Henry built fine palaces, and fought wars against France and Scotland.

rose Appearance

Henry Vlll was handsome in his youth, but became bloated and fat (he had a 54-inch waist when he was 50).

He dressed lavishly, wearing a gold collar with a diamond as big as a walnut and many jewelled rings.

roseReligion

Henry Vlll brought religious upheaval to England. When he became king, most people belonged to the Catholic Church, which was headed by the Pope, in Rome. In 1534, Henry broke away from the Catholic Church and proclaimed himself head of the Church of England. The land and riches of the church became Henry's property and he sold off most of this land to dukes, barons and other noblemen.



rose Sport / Hobbies

Henry Vlll was a great athlete in his youth. Henry threw the javelin and enjoyed hunting, archery, jousting and tennis. He spoke French, Spanish, Latin and some Italian and was a good musician. Henry played the lute and harpsichord well and could sing from sight.

accessed through projectbritain.co.uk

(COMPLETED WRITING TASK: HOW SIMILAR IS YOUR TEXT?)

rose Family Life

Henry Vlll wanted a son to rule after him. He first married his brother's widow, Catherine of Aragon but divorced her when she did not produce a male heir to the throne. He married three times more before a son was born. In total he married six times!



rose How many children did Henry VIII have?

Henry Vlll had three children - Mary (by Catherine of Aragon), Elizabeth (by Anne Boleyn) and Edward (by Jane Seymour). Each became a monarch - Edward VlMary l (or Mary Tudor) and Elizabeth l in that order.

His son, Edward Vl ruled for six years after Henry's death, he became King at age 9 and died at age 15. Henry's daughter Mary ruled for the next five years, but also died without children. Finally, Henry's last surviving child, Elizabeth I became Queen, and ruled for 45 years.

Death

Henry died in St James's Palace, Westminster, around 2 am on Friday 28 January 1547, aged 55 years. His funeral procession to Windsor was four miles long. He was buried at Windsor Castle beside his third wife, Jane Seymour.

accessed through projectbritain.co.uk

1. In the passage, ruthless means:

a) very angry b) very cruel c) very rude d) very friendly

2. In England, what do we call the man who will be the next King?

3. What was the main religion in England before Henry VIII became King?

4. In the passage, find three words which describe people of high social class

5. Why do you think Henry chose to learn French, Spanish, Latin and Italian?

6. What do you think the flowers mean in this text?

7. Who ruled your country in the 1500s?

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

1. In the passage, ruthless means:

a) very angry b) very cruel c) very rude d) very friendly

2. In England, what do we call the man who will be the next King?

3. What was the main religion in England before Henry VIII became King?

4. In the passage, find three words which describe people of high social class

5. Why do you think Henry chose to learn French, Spanish, Latin and Italian?

6. What do you think the flowers mean in this text?

7. Who ruled your country in the 1500s?

1. Put the correct FORMS of the given verbs in the blank spaces in the following sentences
BECOME DIE MARRY AGE BURY
HAD RULE BE DIVORCE BORN
(you will have to use some verbs more than once)

i) Henry Vlll wanted a son ________ after him.


ii) Henry VIII first _________ Catherine of Aragon
iii) Catherine of Aragon was the widow of Henry VIII’s brother

iv) Henry VIII __________ Catherine of Aragon when she did not produce a male heir to the throne


v) Henry VIII married three times more before a son __________.
vi) In total he ___________ six times!
vii) Henry Vlll ___________ three children - Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward in that order.
viii) All of Henry’s children ____________ a monarch
ix) Henry VIII’s son, Edward Vl ____________ for six years after Henry's death.
x) Edward VI _____________ King at age 9. He ____________ at age 15.
xi) Henry’s daughter Mary _____________ for the next five years. She also died without children.
xii) Finally, Henry’s last surviving child, Elizabeth I ____________ Queen. She ____________ for 45 years.
xiii) Henry ____________ in St James's Palace, Westminster, around 2 am on Friday 28 January 1547
xiv) When Henry died, he was ___________ 55 years.
xv) Henry VIII’s funeral procession to Windsor ___________ four miles long.
xvi) Henry ______________ at Windsor Castle beside his third wife, Jane Seymour.

2. Look at sentence ii), v), ix), x), xv) and xvi). Take out any information that has already been given and replace it with a pronoun.


3. Look at number x). Combine the two sentences. Do the same with number xi).
4. Now combine sentences ii) and iii) to make one sentence. Also combine sentences xiii) and xiv)
5. Go back to sentence viii). Rewrite it, beginning with the word ‘Each’
6. Rewrite your new sentences in three paragraphs. The paragraphs should be titled ‘Family Life’, ‘Henry’s children’ and ‘Death’


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