Lesson Plan

Lesson Three: Analyzing “Intercepted Intelligence”

Papal bull of Pope Urban VIII.
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Papal bull of Pope Urban VIII.

In this lesson, students analyze a primary source document: A Papal Bull issued by Pope Pius V in 1570, excommunicating Queen Elizabeth of England. After reading and analyzing the document, students, acting as diplomats, consider the ramifications of the text for their assigned empire.

After practicing document analysis as a class, student then choose one more primary source documents to read and complete a similar analysis.

Guiding Questions

What are the consequences of fostering diplomatic partnerships?

Learning Objectives

Students analyze and evaluate texts to inform actions taken on behalf of the Empire they represent.