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Elizabeth I Online Lesson

Actual times taken for this activity will vary depending upon each pupil's ability. On each page there is a link back to the explanation page if pupil's need further explanation. The times given in this lesson plan are the times taken for a pupil of average ability to complete each task.


 Learning Outcome  To gain an insight into the early life of Elizabeth I

To understand why Elizabeth had portraits painted of herself at intervals during her reign.

To have some idea of what Elizabeth may have looked like and to appreciate that 'what you see is not always what you get.'

To understand that Elizabeth's portraits were a form of propaganda - designed to make her subjects view her as strong, brave, virginal, caring etc.

 Skills Developed Chronology and historical terms; Knowledge and Understanding; Interpretation of sources, evaluation.
 6 minutes  Introduce topic ( this may have been done in the classroom)

Recap Health and Safety guidelines for IT room.

 Pupils to 'log on' and find beginning of lesson - http://www.historyonthenet.com/Lessons/elizabeth1/eliz1main.htm or www.historyonthenet.com click on 'Resources', 'Online Lessons', 'Elizabeth I Lesson'.

Remind pupils to read instructions carefully and to ask for help if they do not understand.  

When ready, click on 'Begin Lesson'.


 3 minutes Pupils to read page about Elizabeth's early life.
 3 minutes They then complete a quiz to check their understanding.
 4 minutes  Pupils move on to an explanation about why Elizabeth had portraits of herself painted at intervals during her reign. They are also told why the portraits had to impress her subjects.
6 minutes Eight portraits of Elizabeth, painted at intervals during her reign, are displayed. Pupils have to match the captions underneath the paintings to the correct picture. The next page shows the paintings with the correct captions underneath.
3 minutes  The next page gives a description of what Elizabeth really looked like
4 minutes Pupils are now shown an enlarged version of the Armada Portrait. A multi choice quiz is used to help pupils work out what the picture is saying. Some of the answers are intentionally obvious to allow all pupils to succeed. 
26 mins  This can be used to go over answers as a whole class.

Pupils can follow the links on the final page to find out more about the meaning of Elizabeth's portraits, more about the Spanish Armada or more about Elizabeth.

Pupils could be allowed to play some of the history games on this site. 

Further historical research could be done using the pages on this site or from the A-Z of History. 

 5 minutes Pupils to log off and leave the room clean and tidy



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