• Students will think about the human rights that everybody has, and where they originate from.
• This will lead onto teacher background about the Magna Carta - what it was, what it meant.
• Students will learn about the process of making the Magna Carta. They will each become a baron and come up with some rules to make King John a better king. They will then share these with the other barons (students) in their county (table), before coming up with a master list of rules as a country (class).
• Students will now consider which groups in the feudal pyramid the Magna Carta most suited by looking at the terms and completing their differentiated worksheet. Extension tasks available.
• Students will now demonstrate their new knowledge by making inferences from a source image, using different skills all of which are applicable to KS3 levels.


• Three version of worksheet for considering which group benefited from the Magna Carta - one for LA (with hints), one for MA, and one for HA students.
• Each worksheet contains additional extension tasks to further thinking.
• Source analysis and inference has help sheets for students of each ability to structure their answers.


• Students to share their own version of the Magna Carta. Questioning and discussion in contrast to the real terms of the Magna Carta.
• Teacher circulation during main worksheet activity?
• Source analysis could be levelled.

This lesson ideally follows on from my Interpretations of King John lesson. Purchasable through the following link: Click Here


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