Anne Boleyn Letter to Henry VIII Primary Source Worksheet

Grade Levels
6th - 11th
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This fantastic primary source letter was written by Anne Boleyn to her husband, King Henry VIII from the Tower of London after her arrest in 1536.

In the letter, Queen Anne makes an impassioned plea for mercy, a for a fair trial, and insists on her innocence. Or course, in the end she was found guilty of high treason and executed so that King Henry VIII could find a new wife and the son he was desperate for.

This primary source worksheet makes for a wonderful reading for your World History, English, or social studies students. The reading level is just challenging enough and sheds a human light on a very dramatic moment in history.

Following the letter is a worksheet of 7 reading comprehension questions of varying complexity. The last 2 allow for students to interpret the events for themselves and give their opinions.An answer key is included for your convenience as well.

Also included is an editable Google Doc version of the resource!

This resource makes for a perfect companion to my Henry VIII Flipped Classroom lesson!


Total Pages
3 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.


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