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Recording the Magna Carta

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This lesson is about how people used to write in the Middle Ages, for example when the Magna Carta was produced. It looks at how parchment was made and then focuses on the work of scribes. Both parchment makers and scribes played a vital role in the history of the Magna Carta. The lesson looks at what the two jobs involved and then at the skills needed to do them. Students will practise their reading, writing and speaking skills.

Topic: Looking at the process of parchment making and scribing

Level: B1

Time: 90 minutes


  • To provide practice of proofreading.
  • To develop students’ ability to write letters of application.
  • To practise interview skills.
  • To give students practice of using the passive.
  • To develop students’ awareness of how much work went on behind the scenes in order to record and disseminate the Magna Carta.

The four images used on the student worksheets are also in the attached PowerPoint file below ‘Recording the Magna Carta Images’, which you can use to print or project the images.