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Activity Overview


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.


Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/9] Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/2] Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/6/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • [ELA-Literacy/W/7/2] Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

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.


Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Medieval Rulebook Rubric
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 peasant, or medieval life in general.
Proficient
33 Points
Emerging
25 Points
Beginning
17 Points
Rules
The rules are logical and can be applied to a general group of people within medieval society. All rules can be inferred from or are directly stated in the novel.
Most of the rules are logical and can be applied to a general group of people within medieval society. Most rules can be inferred from or are directly stated in the novel. One or two rules may be two specific or inaccurate to the time period.
Many of the rules are illogical and do not reflect the realities of medieval life. The majority of the rules are not rooted in the details of the novel.
Picture & Scene
The images clearly corresponds with the rules and use historically accurate character and setting details.
Most of the images clearly correspond with the rules. Some details may be historically inaccurate.
The images are a poor representation of the rules listed. The details are blatantly historically inaccurate.
Effort and Editing
Work is complete, thorough, and neat. Spelling and grammar are correct.
Most of the sections of the rulebook were at least attempted and work is presentable. The text contains some errors in spelling and/or grammar.
Rulebook is unfinished and/or disorganized. The text contains many errors in spelling and/or grammar.




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