How did Elizabethan society deal with the poor?
This outstanding lesson has been designed to help students studying how Elizabethan society treated the poor by getting them to look at a number of cases and deciding what should happen next. It has been designed by experienced teachers who have field tested this resource in the classroom, whilst being observed by Ofsted.

When you purchase this resource it includes a PowerPoint information, which sets out the aims, objectives, differentiated outcomes and includes all the information, starters, activities that you will need for this lesson. It also includes a step by step lesson plan and a worksheet, which lists each of the characters problems.

Once you have completed the starters and reviewed the information on why the Elizabethan's were worried about poverty, your class will be presented with an avatar who will explain how the Elizabethan Poor Law worked. Simply click on the buttons and the avatar will explain how the Elizabethans decided if someone was deserving or undeserving or whether they should be punished or should receive indoor or outdoor relief?

When it comes to the next stage you can either print off copies from the PowerPoint or use the worksheet which contains all the cases. As students review each case they have been given to study, they tick the appropriate boxes on the table that is visible in the preview. Once they have looked at their assigned cases they then feedback to a class discussion.

The aims and objectives of this fun and enjoyable lesson are:

Theme: Elizabethan Age, 1558 – 1603.
Know: What are the causes of poverty in the Tudor period?
Understand: How did Elizabethan society deal with the poor?
Evaluate: How fair was the Elizabethan Poor Law?

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify & describe: The causes of poverty in the Tudor period?
Explain: How did Elizabethan society deal with the poor?
Analyse: How fair was the Elizabethan Poor Law?

If you are looking for a fun and enjoyable lesson that will impress any observer, then this lesson ticks all the appropriate boxes and even comes with its own lesson plan. If you want to add an extra bit of sparkle then change the customise some of the locations in the cases.

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Created: Jun 2, 2017

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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