Comparing Castles lesson plan
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This lesson covers the topic of castles, in which students use Google tools to compare and contrast the development in castle design between 1066 and 1500.
Students create a presentation on "Comparing and Contrasting Castles". Using Google Search and Images they find out information about Motte a More…nd Bailey, Square Keep and Concentric castles. They are encouraged to identify design weaknesses and to stipulate how, when and why castles started to show developments. For example when and why were castles first built of stone rather than wood? They discuss why castles became obsolete and aren't built today.
The second activity looks at castle defences. Students find out definitions of key terms (such as drawbridge, bailey, barbican) and images of examples and research the defensive features of a particular castle using Google Search and Earth, considering whether it was well defended. They then design their own ‘unattackable castle’ as a homework task.