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3. Overview: How far can patterns of Viking migration be put down to the climate?

This lesson focuses on the second-order concept of causation.

It challenges students to account for the Vikings’ many journeys and migrations in the early modern period.

First, students organise information about the different migrations undertaken by the Vikings, studying their journeys to places like Greenland, Newfoundland, Normandy, Spain and Istanbul.

Then, they plot these journeys on to a map. This is an activity that helps them visualise the frequency and scale of the Viking migrations.

Students’ next task is to explain why the Vikings moved around so much, and for this they consider the impact of various contextual factors, including the ‘Medieval Warm Period’.

The lesson helps to develop students’ understanding of ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors that work to inspire movements and migrations, as well as their ability to prioritise causes.


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