What type of a King was Henry II?

This fun and engaging has never failed to capture the imagination of my students and produced some brilliant work. It is a great introductory lesson to help set the scene for Henry II’s later conflict with the church and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket.

In brief the lesson involves analyzing five historical sources about Henry II, completing a summary table about we can learn from about his personality and then drawing and annotating a picture to help students apply what they have inferred from the evidence This can then be followed up with some more traditional style questions to help consolidate the learning.

When you purchase this resource you will be able to download a two page worksheet which includes five historical sources, tasks and activities. You can also download an accompanying PowerPoint which includes aims, objectives, differentiated outcomes, starters, plenaries, tasks, activities, templates and links to suitable video links.

The aims and objectives of this lesson are:

Theme: Why did Henry II fall out with the Archbishop of Canterbury ?
Know: Who was Henry II and what type of personality did he have?
Understand: How did his personality affect his role as King of England?
Evaluate: Sources of information to create an accurate image of Henry II
Skills: Source Analysis

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: The personality and character of Henry II?
Explain: How did his personality affect his role as King of England?
Analyze: Sources of information to create an accurate image of Henry II

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