The Magna Carta is one of the most important documents in the history of the Western World, influencing everything from the British Parliament and the Declaration of Independence, to the challenge of the absolute authority of kings.
Written by the Archbishop of Canterbury as a way to keep peace between King John and rebellious Barons, the Magna Carta is something that every social studies student has to learn about. The problem however, has been how to teach it easily and effectively.
That is where this close read comes in. It breaks down the Magna Carta into its most important clauses, and gives vocabulary words and questions to increase student comprehension. After having used this, the students will be well on their way to understanding not only what the Magna Carta is, but also its significance and its effect on the modern world.