Trial and execution of King Charles I
Lesson(s) that could follow on from English Civil War topic. Students are introduced to the idea of putting a King on trial, the main activity is then to recreate the trial, which has been divided up into 5 scenes. Students will need time to rehearse, make props and even learn lines - although I always let them use the scripts! Students then watch the whole play and fill in observer forms to put together the whole picture. Students can then decide/debate whether Charles ever had the opportunity of a fair trial. The lesson continues with Charles' execution, a worksheet to complete using source analysis and a creative final task. The execution clip is available on youtube, I usually show the Rupert Everett version ( though the Peter Capaldi one is usable too (


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