Medieval Work

Contributor: Brian Anthony. Lesson ID: 11154

Facebook and other social media outlets are filled with bazillions of images. What can you tell by looking at them? Read "The Golf Book" online (plus your research!) and learn about Medieval times!



learning style
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Here's a challenge for you: Can you tell what's happening in the picture above? When and where is this taking place? What makes you think so? What other information can you get out of this picture?

We can use images from the past as a special form of evidence to learn more about the history of work. Learn how!

Ever since cameras were invented, we don't really need painters to record images for us anymore.

Now, we just whip out our phone and click away. We can take hundreds of pictures in an afternoon with no effort.

Let's look at another mystery image (below). Wait to reveal its description until after you answer these guide questions:

  • What time period do you think this image is from?
  • What makes you think so?
  • What do you think these people are doing?
  • What evidence can you point to in the picture?
  • What geographic location might they be in?
  • What features bring you to that conclusion?

Image, via Wikimedia Commons, comes from Wellcome Images, a website operated by Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation based in the United Kingdom. It is licensed under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Write your thoughts down, then share and discuss with a parent or teacher. Together, write down different possible strategies for reading a picture to get the maximum information out of it. You will be able to experiment more and try those strategies out in the Got It? section.

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