This resource includes four illustrated pages of text. a student survey activity, two pages of comprehension questions and two pages of vocabulary work. There is also a etymology (origin of words) challenge. The development of English is not covered in depth, but the information in the texts is meant to be an introduction of the topic for students in roughly grades 5-6 and some grade 7s. A timeline is included on page 4 for student reference. This resource would work well for ELA or even social studies.
The student survey can be used to introduce the topic and it can be utilized as an individual assignment or as a group activity. It could also be done as a discussion activity for the whole class. If done as individual or group work, the class can regroup and compare answers. The right side of the page is for students to take notes and after finding the correct answers, these can be filled in on the left side.
Two pages of questions (assessing comprehension as well as expressing opinions while citing evidence) are included as well as two vocabulary pages. For the latter activity, students define each word and then apply that word to what they have learned from the passages. An example is given. The vocabulary words on both pages are from the texts. Questions and vocabulary work are divided into two sections: for pages 1 and 2 and for pages 3 and 4. Student work pages are clearly marked.
Also included is a word origin activity. Students choose a word or words and find out its original meaning and the language it comes from. The words all relate to education and the activity could be used at any time as it does not refer to the texts.
A full answer key is provided (there is no answer key for the word origin activity). Please note that the examples given on the answer key for vocabulary work are just that - student answers are likely to be phrased differently.
I also have a research resource for students in grades 7-10, please follow the link below: