This lesson introduces the concept of résumé writing to students while teaching about one of Europe’s most powerful women. Eleanor of Aquitaine’s legacy is important, and writing a résumé for her reshapes how students see their skills and experience. After this lesson many students start to see their time in the classroom as a way to develop their own résumé, and begin to think about what’s important for them to accomplish before graduating from high school.
Also, when teaching history, it is important to make sure that every student can see themselves in the curriculum. Intentionally spending a day to focus on a central female figure in European politics is obviously important, but my students have also given me the feedback that it was refreshing to learn about Eleanor’s life. I talk more about having taught this lesson in a short video I made.
This product includes:
• An essay about Eleanor of Aquitaine students will reference when writing Eleanor’s résumé. The essay fits onto one page (front and back), opens by defining vocabulary words at beginning, and has margins for annotations
• A PowerPoint to activate prior knowledge and guide the activity
• Two blank résumés models Eleanor’s after
• A custom map that show Eleanor’s, Henry II’s, and Louis VII’s territorial holdings.
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