Medieval Towns
  • This lesson has two aims; to discover if medieval towns were dangerous places to live and to question how dirty and unhygienic they actually were.
  • Students learn how Medieval towns grew up through Charters and Guilds and how shops and their names and surnames became intertwined.
  • They analyse a number of statements about the dangers facing townsfolk and evidence this on a road map (or dirt track) using danger symbols and accompanying road signs.
  • The second part of the lesson focuses on the filth and dirt of Medieval towns and questions how much the local authorities did. Students evaluate how hygienic towns were, colour coding thermometers and rating each step taken by the local authorities (or not as the case may be).
  • This lesson is therefore designed to be interactive, fun, challenging and engaging and could be used over two lessons.
  • The resource is differentiated and gives suggested teaching strategies. It comes in PDF and Powerpoint format which can be amended and changed to suit.
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Created: Sep 11, 2019

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