Activity 1: Let's parler!
Conduct parts 1a, 1b, 1d, then 1c.
Vocabulary: parliament, Britain, Commonwealth, state, territory, inherit, hold a seat, sitting, House of Commons, House of Lords, Senate, upper house, lower house, citizen's right, vote, election.
- Enlarge the lower half of Handout 6 to be used as a wall chart for continuous reference in this activity and throughout the unit.
- Conduct 1a as described, but introduce the information about the Great Council. Do not mention 'parliament' yet.
- Use the information in Handout 2 to conduct a class simulation to show how decision making occurred in Medieval English society: Divide the class up according to the roles on the handout. Set up a situation for which decision making is required using the Great Council, eg an attack is about to occur.
- Discuss the simulation and the decision-making process.
- Before commencing 1b inform the class about when the term 'parliament' began to be used.
- Continue with 1b as described.
- Continue straight to 1d and conduct as described, but using Handout 6 as an OHT and paraphrasing the information on the handout as required. Put up the wall chart for future reference.
- Use the information in Handout 6 to conduct another class simulation to show how decision making occurred in English society from around 1258: Again divide the class up according to the roles on the handout, adding some ordinary commoners (not burgesses) to the simulation. Again set up a few situations which show the way decision making and parliament developed.
- Discuss this simulation and the decision-making process. Compare with the previous simulation.
- Continue with 1c as described.
Note: The information in 1e and Handout 7 will be used later in this unit.
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