The Peasants' Revolt 1381 Full Middle Ages Lesson

The Peasants' Revolt 1381 Full Middle Ages Lesson
The Peasants' Revolt 1381 Full Middle Ages Lesson
The Peasants' Revolt 1381 Full Middle Ages Lesson
The Peasants' Revolt 1381 Full Middle Ages Lesson
The Peasants' Revolt 1381 Full Middle Ages Lesson
The Peasants' Revolt 1381 Full Middle Ages Lesson
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This lesson was designed to be taught after a full unit on the Medieval Black Death and it's consequences, but works just as well as a stand alone lesson. It can be used as a history lesson or even part of a topic on citizenship and taxation.

The Peasants' Revolt 1381 saw the people of the South East of England rise up and attack London and the King's advisors over unfair taxation (The Poll Tax).

The lesson begins with the causes of the Peasants' Revolt and students must link them together and 'make the middle box happen'. This is a good thinking activity to help students to develop their reasoning and explaining skills in history.

In the middle box is 'The Peasants' Revolt'. In the boxes on the outside are reasons why this happened. They could just draw a line from each cause to the middle box - this would be accurate but does not explain how some causes led to other causes. The children have to create a causation web linking the different reasons, in order. On the lines they have drawn they need to explain using 'so' or 'because' sentences. Students can use the same box as many times as they like for different causes.

FOR EXAMPLE: King Richard II was only 10 years old when he came to the throne in 1377, so he had advisors that the people did not like. In 1377 these advisors brought in the Poll Tax and everyone over 15 had to pay the same amount. This made the peasants angry and led to the Peasants' revolt.

The students could also use the boxes differently and consider long term versus short term causes.

They web can then be used as a structure to write a full paragraph on the causes of the Peasants' Revolt. (A P.E.E.L. structure encourages explanation Click here )

Then the students use the story of the Peasants' Revolt to put the events in the card sort into the correct chronological order. They then write an explanation of what happened and why it ultimately failed.
The final task is in pairs to imagine what the king and a peasant would think about the Peasants' Revolt. The homework assignment is to write a thought bubble for both people.

This lesson contains:

* 7 slide PowerPoint
* Two sided story of the revolt in Word.
* 15 piece card sort
* Causation web
* Homework sheet.
* Full lesson plan.

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