Elizabethan Poor Law of 1601
  • This is the nineteenth in a series of lessons I have created on the Tudors. The aims of this lesson are to explain the ideas behind the Elizabethan Poor Law and to assess its impact on Elizabethan society and beyond.
  • This lesson focuses on the changing attitude towards the poor in Elizabethan England. Students first of all have to understand the reasons for poverty which have been caused by many factors such as local landowners as well as by the actions of Henry VIII in his break with Rome.
  • One of their tasks is to write to the local landowner, using suggested key argument words, to express their sympathy for the poor which was in sort supply in the Elizabethan era.
  • As well as source analysis, students learn the so called tricks of the trade for begging and how Tudor propaganda shaped these negative views of the poor.
  • Students subsequently have to analyse the new Elizabethan Poor Law and assess its significance and impact upon society as a whole.
  • The final task is to talk like an historian and answer the quiz picking up points for the harder questions.
  • The resource comes in PDF and PowerPoint formats if there is a wish to adapt and change. I have also included suggested teaching strategies and differentiated resources to deliver the lesson.
  • If you like this resource, please click on the link where I have created a bundle of resources on the Tudors: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/the-tudors-complete-bundle-11945066
  • Please review this lesson and receive a free Tudor key word History Display worth £3 which can be found here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/tudor-key-word-history-display-11653246
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Created: Jul 17, 2018

Updated: Jun 17, 2019

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