Welcome to Historic Heroes and Heroines!
Thank you for joining SchoolhouseTeachers.com for our series of weekly hands-on activities, Historic Heroes and Heroines, that focus on a notable figure from history. My name is Cathy Diez-Luckie from Figures In Motion. It’s a privilege to be able to share my love of history and art with you each month with projects centered around a different character that has influenced the world we live in.
Whether you are studying ancient or medieval history, the American Revolution or the Civil War, it is my hope that these weekly lessons will help you provide your children with meaningful activities to accompany your history studies. This month we will study the second in our series of medieval characters: William the Conqueror. We hope that these activities will enrich your child’s learning experience:
- Standing Cutout: The first of your weekly lessons will include making a standing cutout of William the Conqueror in both a colored and color-it-in version. These cutouts may be used for dramatic plays, reenactments, or just for fun.
- Word Search Puzzle: In the second week’s activity, your child will be provided a word search puzzle with words relating to William the Conqueror and his life. An answer key is provided.
- Coloring Page: A coloring page of William the Conqueror will be given in week three.
- Accent on Art: The fourth of the weekly lessons will consist of a project relating to the life of the hero or heroine. This month we will investigate the Tapestry of Bayeux, an embroidered cloth made in the Middle Ages to document the Battle of Hastings. In other months we will study a painting, mosaic, or sculpture made of the character or associated with his or her life.
December’s Historic Hero: William the Conqueror
William the Conqueror earned his name by reclaiming the throne of England promised to him by his distant cousin, Edward the Confessor. King Edward took refuge at William’s palace in Normandy when the Danes conquered England, and in gratitude, he promised that William would succeed him as King of England. When Edward died, his brother-in-law Harold Godwinson claimed the throne and was crowned king. William appealed to the Pope, who sanctioned a holy war against England.
William, supported by many of the French nobles, gathered an army and a fleet of ships and landed on the south coast of England. He marched on to Hastings with his army and was victorious against Harold and his army. The Battle of Hastings was illustrated in the magnificent Bayeux Tapestry. William was crowned King of England in Westminster Abbey on December 25, 1066.
Our desire is to provide you with the highest quality history supplements that engage your children while they learn about historic heroes and heroines.
Blessings to you and your family,
****Please note, each Figures in History lesson is available for three months; it is not included in the Teacher Lesson Archive.
Cathy Diez-Luckie, publisher at Figures In Motion, is thankful for being able to educate her three children at home and loves to study history and literature along with them. With training in art and a graduate degree in chemical engineering, her diverse background includes researching polymeric materials, directing manufacturing at a medical device company, and illustrating children’s books for a publisher in New York. Her award-winning children’s book series (Famous Figures) integrates art and history and engages children with hands-on activities and movable action figures as they learn about the great leaders of the past.