<ul><li>Aim: To understand that issues that affect us now also affected people in the Medieval times.  </li></ul>Environme...
Starter: In your groups, discuss concerns about our human or natural environment that are commonly in the news.  Pick your...
<ul><li>You may have had some of the following points on your diagram… </li></ul><ul><li>Global warming / climate change <...
Are you surprised to know that these are  not  just concerns for the 21 st  Century ? ~~~~~~~~~~ Medieval people’s lives  ...
<ul><li>Your group will imagine they are news reporters that have travelled back to the Medieval period. </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Brief One </li></ul><ul><li>“ Global warming and climate change” </li></ul><ul><li>1) Research how this issue is a...
<ul><li>Brief Two </li></ul><ul><li>“ Population problems” </li></ul><ul><li>1) Research how this issue is affecting peopl...
<ul><li>Brief Three </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pollution” </li></ul><ul><li>1) Research how this issue is affecting people’s live...
Useful Websites! If you type in your brief titles ie “pollution” into any search engine, useful website addresses should a...
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Environment In The News

  1. 1. <ul><li>Aim: To understand that issues that affect us now also affected people in the Medieval times. </li></ul>Environment in the News
  2. 2. Starter: In your groups, discuss concerns about our human or natural environment that are commonly in the news. Pick your top 4 and add them to the spider diagram below. Environmental issues in the news 1) 2) 3) 4)
  3. 3. <ul><li>You may have had some of the following points on your diagram… </li></ul><ul><li>Global warming / climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Population problems </li></ul><ul><li>Pollution </li></ul>Do you think any of these concerns affected people in Medieval times?
  4. 4. Are you surprised to know that these are not just concerns for the 21 st Century ? ~~~~~~~~~~ Medieval people’s lives were affected by these issues too!
  5. 5. <ul><li>Your group will imagine they are news reporters that have travelled back to the Medieval period. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a “News Special” report on environmental issues that affect the 21 st Century and were also concerns 1,000 years ago! </li></ul><ul><li>Read the brief for your topic before you start to research! </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Brief One </li></ul><ul><li>“ Global warming and climate change” </li></ul><ul><li>1) Research how this issue is affecting people’s lives today. </li></ul><ul><li>2) Also research how this affected Medieval people, some lines of enquiry are suggested below: </li></ul><ul><li>Most Medieval people grew all of their own food, so weather change could affect whether or not they starved. </li></ul><ul><li>Scientists are debating whether there was a period known as the “Medieval climate optimum” (Medieval warm period) that lasted from the 10 th to the 14 th century – when grapes grew very easily in our climate! </li></ul><ul><li>3) Create a script that begins in the studio where the news broadcaster introduces the topic and the issue today. They then pass over to an on the scene reporter in the Medieval period, who summarises how this issue affected Medieval people. The reporter then interviews 2 Medieval people who explain how climate change has affected their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>4) You may wish to have props or pictures to illustrate your report or wear different clothes to show climate change – use your imagination! </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Brief Two </li></ul><ul><li>“ Population problems” </li></ul><ul><li>1) Research how this issue is affecting people’s lives today globally and locally (China’s over population problems or the problem of having to create housing and amenities for people – think of all the new houses that have been built in Ashford and how this has impacted on nature, road congestion etc). </li></ul><ul><li>2) Also research how this affected Medieval people, some lines of enquiry are suggested below: </li></ul><ul><li>Medieval people did not have as great a life expectancy as people today and lack of birth control meant that families had several children, unfortunately most of these would die in infancy. </li></ul><ul><li>Sometimes the population problem was that there weren’t enough people, especially after 1/3 rd of the population died in the Black Death. </li></ul><ul><li>3) Create a script that begins in the studio where the news broadcaster introduces the topic and the issue today. They then pass over to an on the scene reporter in the Medieval period, who summarises how this issue affected Medieval people. The reporter then interviews 2 Medieval people who explain how population problems have affected their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>4) You may wish to have props or pictures to illustrate your report or wear different clothes – use your imagination! </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Brief Three </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pollution” </li></ul><ul><li>1) Research how this issue is affecting people’s lives today (street rubbish, rivers and pond, how this affects wildlife, is pollution linked to the increase in asthma cases, polluting the seas, oil slicks etc) </li></ul><ul><li>2) Also research how this affected Medieval people, some lines of enquiry are suggested below: </li></ul><ul><li>Medieval towns were often filthy; full of animal waste and rubbish. People threw their toilet waste out of the windows! It was safer to drink ale because the water was undrinkable, all this dirt helped spread disease. </li></ul><ul><li>3) Create a script that begins in the studio where the news broadcaster introduces the topic and the issue today. They then pass over to an on the scene reporter in the Medieval period, who summarises how this issue affected Medieval people. The reporter then interviews 2 Medieval people who explain how pollution has affected their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>4) You may wish to have props or pictures to illustrate your report or wear different clothes, during the report you might get a bucket of slop over your head – use your imagination! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Useful Websites! If you type in your brief titles ie “pollution” into any search engine, useful website addresses should appear. Good search engines include: www.google.co.uk www.yahoo.co.uk Some other useful websites include: www.schoolhistory.co.uk www.nationalgeographic.com www.dartfordarchive.org.uk/medieval/people.shtml www.bbc.co.uk/history/timelines/britain www.britannica.com

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