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Focus question 3: What is the difference between 'divine right' and 'citizen's right'?

ESL activities

Handouts 8, 9

Teacher instructions

Conduct all activities.
Handouts 8 (one copy, prepared as labels) and 9.

Activity 1 | Activity 2 | Activity 3 | Activity 4 | Assessment

Activity 1: Who's right?

Vocabulary: absolute rule, divine right, constitution, customs, traditions, honoured, representative, merchants.

  • Conduct the activity as described.
  • Refer to the wall chart from the previous activity.
  • Provide additional explanation when reading the extract to ensure comprehension.

Activity 2: Pass around the hat!

Vocabulary: judge, treasury, taxation, social rank.

  • Explain the social structure of the simulation, ie the roles.
  • Conduct the activity as described.

Activity 3: Don't lose your head!

Vocabulary: citizen's right, dissolve parliament, Speaker, resolution, The Grand Remonstrance, invasion, The Nineteen Propositions, civil war, royalist, loyal, treason, beheaded, Lord Protector, impose taxes, consent, Petition of Rights, proceedings, abolish.

Activity 4: History Mystery Case #1640-49

Note: Check that ESL learners understand the audio vocabulary of the CD ROM.

Note: The 'people' link on slide 1 of the CD ROM (Charles I) provides a useful summary which can be printed out for ESL learners.


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