The Murder of Thomas Becket: Who was to blame?

This KS3 lesson should take at least two hours to complete. The Power Point leads the students through all activities with accompanying resources.

Aims and Objectives:

  • To know the main events leading up to Becket’s murder.
  • To have ideas about who was to blame and why?

LESSON 1: Activities include a recap on the feudal system and a discussion on how the role of the Church could cause problems for the king. A whole class reading of the story with initial thoughts on blame. An analysis of Edward Grim’s first-hand account and source bias. A storyboard homework to consolidate the key events.

LESSON 2: A starter which recaps the main events through matching pictures to sentences. A card sort where students group information into evidence that either Henry, Becket or the knights were to blame. A final write up with writing frame provided where students explain how each person/group might be to blame before reaching a conclusion.

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  • Murder-of-Becket.pptx
  • Edward-Grim's-Account.docx
  • Murder-of-Becket-Storyboard.docx
  • Starter--Thomas-Becket-events-picture-blank.docx
  • Starter--Thomas-Becket-events-picture-sentences.docx
  • Starter--Thomas-Becket-events-picture-(answers).docx
  • Becket-inductive-cards.doc
  • Becket-inductive-cards-(SEN).doc
  • Thomas-Becket-sorting-grid.docx
  • Thomas-Becket-writing-frame.docx

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Created: Jan 23, 2019

Updated: Mar 26, 2019

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