England in the Golden Age explores England in the 1500s and 1600s, a time of religious conflicts and political change. Students learn about Henry VIII and the founding of the Church of England. They explore the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, a time of expansion abroad, peace and prosperity at home, and the extraordinary literary achievements of Shakespeare. They learn about Charles I and the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans, and the Restoration era under Charles II. Students also learn about the “Glorious Revolution” that put William and Mary on the throne, and about the importance of the English Bill of Rights.
This unit includes a Student Reader, Timeline Image Cards, and Teacher Guide, providing Guided Reading Supports and the following Additional Activities: a short biography of Shakespeare and an excerpt from A Midsummer Night’s Dream; domain vocabulary exercises; a monarch matching activity; a Tudor and Stuart Family Tree; and a Unit Assessment.