They were the migrant group that arrived in Britain in the 400s, and went on to exert such a long-lasting political, economic and social influence.
You introduce students to the writings of ‘The Venerable Bede’.
Bede was one of the most important contemporary writers of the period, but whose admiration for the Anglo-Saxons perhaps led him to overstate some of their positive attributes.
Students first ‘translate’ some of Bede’s claims into more ‘modern’ English, before using clues to determine the accuracy of these claims.
The enquiry ends with an opportunity for students to write letters to Bede himself – outlining the extent to which the evidence supports his ideas.
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