All you need for this lesson on Crime and Punishment 1500-1750 is to turn your classroom into an art gallery and to provide a highwayman’s mask while pupils consider the advantages and disadvantages of being a highwayman and some bells and whistles while pupils explore what has changed and what stayed the same.
During this ‘lesson’ pupils explore the changes and the continuities from medieval times, focusing specifically on the new crimes such as highway robbery.
Smart task 1
Gallery Pupils are shown a range of images from this period (printed from PowerPoint slides 2-9) and posted on the walls) arranged as if an art gallery. Using the clues they can infer from these pictures, pupils have to suggest 4 possible new crimes that became more prevalent at this time (shown below in bold) and three frequently used punishments shown here in italics.
The full list is
Slide 2 : Whipping for vagrancy
Slide 3: Whipping
Slide 4: Begging/vagrancy
Slide 5: Smuggling
Slide 6: Highway robbery
Slide 7: Poaching
Slide 8: Witchcraft/hanging
Slide 9: Prisons
For some pupils you will want to provide additional access to support materials e.g. images from internet/library books)
Smart task 2