Get your students talking about British Monarchy and history with this speaking activity.
Communicative Language Activities: Famous British Monarchs
How to use these materials:
- Divide your class into small groups and give each student a copy of the table.
- Depending on your students’ knowledge of the British history, you can assign some more famous monarchs from the list below, or let them choose any that they like.
- Give students time to research and discuss the famous British monarchs of their preference.
- Ask students to fill the table as a group with their top five choices. Encourage them to look for interesting information, not dry facts like a list of dates.
- Ask groups to separate and mix with other classmates to make new groups.
- Students then compare the monarchs they chose. What are their similarities/differences? What was their long-lasting impact on history and the world? Do they admire the chosen monarchs? Why / Why not?
- Elicit some answers and encourage them to explain their choices.
- Follow up with error correction and a whole class discussion about interesting history facts.
- Queen Elizabeth I
- James IV
- Henry VIII
- Queen Victoria
- King George VI
- Mary, Queen of Scots
- Richard the Lionheart
- William the Conqueror
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Communicative Language Learning: Famous British Monarchs