• Ask the students to sit back-to-back. One will be describing an image, whilst the other must draw the image. Reveal the image on the whiteboard, ensuring that the drawer is facing away. The image is the death scene from the Bayeux Tapestry. Students describe and draw. Ask for some ideas about what the image shows and why, before revealing the title and learning objectives.
• Students will now analyse their own copy of the tapestry scene, either individually or in a group. They will be inferring meaning, first by annotating what they can see, then making guesses.
• Gather ideas using the 'numbered heads' Kagan technique to see what students think is the way that Harold died, and why. I imagine they will opt for an arrow in the eye.
• Introduce the dilemma that we actually do not know which character is Harold and that there are two main views about his death: Firstly, the arrow. Secondly, that he was hacked to death by soldiers. Students will explore these two views using sources and completing a worksheet. More able students will consider the provenance of the source and if they can be trusted as historical pieces of evidence.
• Gather ideas from students about how they now think Harold died.
• Students will now explain their final ideas about how Harold died using a writing frame.
• Different expectations for students when analyzing the Bayeux Tapestry section. Some students will be able to delve deeper.
• Three versions of the sources worksheet, dependent on the ability of the students. Sheets are more challenging, or more supportive. Extension tasks available.
• Level criteria for the paragraph students write at the end of the lesson, meaning that students have to write different amounts to reach their individual targets.
• Gather ideas about how Harold died using Kagan structures after the source analysis.
• Teacher circulation during the sources worksheet activity.
• Written paragraph can be peer or self assessed using leveling criteria. It will also demonstrate progress from earlier, in terms of how student thinking has developed about the death of Harold.