The Bards of Wales - Reading, questions & poem analysis. Full Lesson Plan

The Bards of Wales - Reading, questions & poem analysis.  Full Lesson Plan
The Bards of Wales - Reading, questions & poem analysis.  Full Lesson Plan
The Bards of Wales - Reading, questions & poem analysis.  Full Lesson Plan
The Bards of Wales - Reading, questions & poem analysis.  Full Lesson Plan
The Bards of Wales - Reading, questions & poem analysis.  Full Lesson Plan
The Bards of Wales - Reading, questions & poem analysis.  Full Lesson Plan
The Bards of Wales - Reading, questions & poem analysis.  Full Lesson Plan
The Bards of Wales - Reading, questions & poem analysis.  Full Lesson Plan
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Use this material to teach your students about this fascinating tale from Welsh history. Contains historical readings, poems, comprehension questions & discussions and looks into this amazing historical story. Contains the full poem by János Arany

In 1277, the English king Edward I went to Montgomery Castle in Wales to celebrate the recent English crushing of Welsh rebellion. At the feast he demanded that a bard sing him a song celebrating his accomplishments. The bard refused so was sent to the stakes. A second bard was summoned, and when he refused he was also executed. A third was called, and a fourth. Not one of the bards would sing for the foreign king, despite being under threat of death, until over 500 bards were executed.

The material examines this, but it also links to how a Hungarian poet named János Arany wrote about this event and how it has become Hungary's most well-known poem learned by schoolchildren throughout the country. Why would a Hungarian poet write about Wales? Because in the 19th Century, Hungary was under the rule of the Austro-Hungarian Empire ruled by the Hapsburgs, and open dissent was disallowed. So, Arany worked around this problem by writing about the analogous situation of Wales and their neighbour, England.

This download includes Arany's full poem, translated into English. A reading look at the story, and a worksheet for students. This could be great for English/ESL/ELL classes or very useful for teachers of Welsh or British history.

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