What can we make the traces of ‘migrant stories’ reveal about the history of the British Isles over a thousand years?
Introduction to History at Secondary School
This introductory lesson not only establishes the class ethic and some key tenets of the subject, but entices students with a mystery homework that fits straight into their first enquiry. What can me make the coin reveal?
Students – hopefully now excited to tell of their theories about the coin – will be ready to meet the enquiry question. Students work with both the Islamic coin and a quote from William of Malmesbury to examine sources/traces from the past and the intellectual work historians do to make inferences from them.
This lesson introduces students – with a broad brush – to the migrations to the British Isles in the first millenium; the Celtic and Roman presence, the Anglo-Saxon migration and the Heptarchy. The focus of the lesson is on notable case studies of figures who made their way to the British Isles in the 10th and 11th centuries before 1066.