King John Lesson 9

Was King John good, bad or just unlucky?

Now that we know more about King John, how much do you agree with Disney’s portrayal of him?

As a class, we came up with the following qualities that a medieval king should have if they are to be a good king:

  1. You must be smart.
  2. You must be tactical in dealing with situations.
  3. You must be patient when you rule.
  4. You must be highly religious.
  5. You must be able to be good at fighting.
  6. You must be loyal and tactical with your family.
  7. You must uphold the law and be fair to your people.

You have now learned lots about King John, so you will now need to start making your final judgement about what kind of King he was… good, bad or just unlucky!

TASK ONE:
Find the table on Show My Homework. If you cannot download this, create a table like the one below to help you determine whether John was good, bad or unlucky. Use the criteria above when judging this information.
Use your own knowledge from our previous lesson to help you and the links below to help you.

Examples of John being a good kingExamples of John being a bad kingExamples of John being an unlucky king

Useful links to help you:
Main events in King John’s life
King John and the Magna Carta
Good and bad points of John’s reign

TASK TWO:
Watch the following video again on Disney’s portrayal of King John:

1) What intepretation do you get of King John from this? List as many ideas as you can.
E.g. John looks weak because he is shown sucking his thumb.

2) Write two paragraphs and a conclusion explaining what you agree with and disagree with by looking at this portrayal of King John. Use the sentence starters to help you:

Paragraph 1:
Disney portray King John as…
I agree with this part of the interpretation because…
I know this because…
This shows that this part of the interpretation is true because…

Paragraph 2:
Disney also portray King John as…
I disagree with this part of the interpretation because…
I know this because…
This shows that this part of the interpretation is not true because…

Conclusion
To conclude I mostly agree/disagree with this interpretation of King John. This is because…

Your work for lessons 9 and 10 should be uploaded to Show My Homework no later than Friday 27th March
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