Catherine Called Birdy - A Medieval Rulebook

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Catherine, Called Birdy Medieval Rulebook

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Catherine, Called Birdy immerses students in the world of a Medieval manor. Reading this novel, students will learn about life in the thirteenth century and, in particular, the challenges and difficulties faced by women. Have students show off the historical knowledge they have gained through the novel and/or related research by using storyboards to make a book about Medieval life. The sample storyboard shows a Medieval guide to life as a lady. Students may also present storyboards on life as a noble, life as a peasant, or Medieval life in general. Remember, Storyboard That allows you to easily convert the rulebook into PowerPoint slides or print it out and put it together as a booklet.


Ye Olde Guide to Being a Lady

  1. A lady must accept the husband that her elders choose for her.

  2. A lady should learn to make useful herbal tonics and poultices to tend to the sick and injured in her home.

  3. A lady should learn to sew. A lot. She might be expected to sew, spin, embroider, or weave items for the manor.

  4. A lady should be quiet and demure. She should not run, skip, scream, whistle, or laugh loudly.

  5. A lady must politely share with others. This includes sharing her cup and trencher with other guests at table.

  6. A lady should attend church services on Sundays and holy days.



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Use the details from Catherine, Called Birdy to make a guidebook about Medieval life. Your book can be a guide for life as a lady, life as a noble, life as a peasant, or Medieval life in general.


  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify 5-10 rules that the characters in Catherine, Called Birdy had to live by.
  3. Create an image to depict each rule.
  4. Write a description of each rule in the black text box below its depiction.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.
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