4B – Thursday 14th May – Home Learning – English

Today is all about identifying facts and opinions.

Some people may not realise it, but the subject of history contains both fact and opinion. Before we get to the opinion part, let’s discuss historical fact.
Obviously history should be factual.

That is what history is: the factual account of past events. For example, we know for certain Elizabeth I was the Queen of England. We know for a fact the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. These historical facts are indisputable. They can be verified. So how are historical facts verified? Well, in the case of Elizabeth I, there is documentation to prove she was the Queen of England. These include legal documents, like birth certificates, letters, land deeds, etc. You can also go in person to see where she lived, for example Windsor Castle, to see with your own eyes. People who were alive at the same time as Elizabeth also verified this in their writings. Historical evidence proves this.

So where does opinion fit in? Some historical facts can only tell us so much, and historians find it necessary to develop opinions to fill in the gaps. Usually these opinions answer the questions how? And why? For example how did the lack of medical knowledge affect the death rate in Tudor Britain? The opinions of historians are more accurately called interpretations.

Read the information about Tudor Medicine then use it to complete your tasks:

This task is for Alisha, James, Eesa, Ellie, Musab, Abdulah, Roma and Harris only:

Write down 5 facts that you have learnt from the text about Tudor medicine in your own words. These must not be directly copied!

This task is for all other pupils:

Task 1:
Answer these questions using your interpretation and the facts.
1. Were poorer people more likely to have successful treatment of an illness than the rich?
2. Were the treatments of illnesses based on Science?
3. Was there a link between medicine and witchcraft?
4. What would it have felt like to have major surgery during Tudor times. Would you be likely to survive?

Task 2:
Using your understanding of the text, write a paragraph about Tudor medicine, combining facts and opinion. This is going to be used for your final piece, an information text about the Tudor, so the more work you do now, the easier it will be when you put it all together.

37 thoughts on “4B – Thursday 14th May – Home Learning – English

  1. 1. Poorer people would have a successful treatment they didn’t have money and they could get treatment from a family member
    2. The treatment is not based on science
    3.yes there is a link because medicine is different to which craft
    4.no you wouldn’t because they were not trained

  2. Task 1:
    1.Were poorer people more likely to have successful treatment of an illness than the rich? Poorer people didn’t have successful treatment because they didn’t have money to see a plague doctor. So people had to get treatment from family members.
    2. Were the treatments of illnesses based on Science?
    The treatment of illnesses was not based on science as they did not have actual trained professional doctors so people just had to decide on what he problem was and how to solve it as they didn’t have medicine like antibiotics.
    3. Was there a link between medicine and witchcraft?
    Yes because they used weird stuff to cure people and it worked so people could get cured.
    4.What would it have felt like to have major surgery during Tudor times. Would you be likely to survive?
    It would’ve felt very painful because they were awake whilst the surgery was taking place also they didn’t have sleeping pills which make a person sleep for many hours and do not feel any pain. People were not likely to survive after all the pain and suffering.

    • 1. Poorer people would have a successful treatment they didn’t have money and they could get treatment from a family member
      2. The treatment is not based on science
      3.yes there is a link because medicine is different to which craft
      4.no you wouldn’t because they were not trained

  3. Tudors doctors use leaves ,flowers to make medicines.
    There was no dentist and tudor barbar was like dentist and pulling rotten teeth out and let blood.
    some doctors taste urine to see what diease patien has.
    poor people were more likily to die due to poor treatment.
    doctor used leeches to suck bad blood.

    • Well done Harris, some good facts. However, some of your sentences need rewriting as they have missing words and are in the wrong tense.
      I have added them here:
      There were no dentist and Tudor barbers were like dentist and pulled rotten teeth out and let blood.
      Some doctors tasted urine to see what disease the patient had.

  4. Task 1:
    Answer these questions using your interpretation and the facts.
    1. Were poorer people more likely to have successful treatment of an illness than the rich?
    The poorer people were not more likely to have a more successful treatment the rich.
    2. Were the treatments of illnesses based on Science?
    The treatments of illnesses were not based on science.
    3. Was there a link between medicine and witchcraft?
    Yes The was a link between medicine and witchcraft.
    4. What would it have felt like to have major surgery during Tudor times. Would you be likely to survive?
    It would have felt painful and hard and you would be very lucky if you did survive during surgery because not many people did.

  5. Task 1:
    Answer these questions using your interpretation and the facts.

    1. Were poorer people more likely to have successful treatment of an illness than the rich?
    they were less likely to have successful treatment.
    2. Were the treatments of illnesses based on Science?
    no it wasent based on science.
    3. Was there a link between medicine and witchcraft?
    there is a link.
    4. What would it have felt like to have major surgery during Tudor times. Would you be likely to survive?
    no you wouldn’t survive.

    • Sheima these answers are a little basic and lazy for you. No capital letters to start them and you haven’t explained you reasons. Please edit.

  6. Task 1
    1) The poor people are less likely to have successful treatments .
    2) Treatments were not based on since it was based on herbal remedies.
    3) there was a link between medicine and witch craft. Because witch craft was known as cures .
    4)you would be most likely not to survive because the Tudors did not know about antibiotics.

    • Task 2
      Tudor medicine and treatments were not based around science they were based on herbal remedies .Also there was not a national health service in Tudor England. So the type of doctors Tudors wealthy Tudors saw are were physicians or surgeons and the poorer people would usually get basic health care from their family members .

      • Thank you Siddra. I have made a few corrections for you. I have changed some letters to capital letters for names (in bold) and remember that this is in the past tense.

    • You need a little more explanation as to why you have answered in this way.
      Question 1… why do you think this?
      Question 3… how are they linked because your statement doesn’t really explain.
      Question 4… you haven’t stated how you would feel?

  7. 1. Were poorer people more likely to have successful treatment of an illness than the rich?
    No the poorer people would not have been able to afford the medicine.

    2. Were the treatments of illnesses based on Science
    There were no treatments based on Science.

    3. Was there a link between medicine and witchcraft?
    Medicine and which raft linked because both were made of lavender and things like that.

    4. What would it have felt like to have major surgery during Tudor times. Would you be likely to survive?
    Some peoele would have survived.

    • Hi Aleena. You need more detail in some of your answers. Question 2, how do you know?
      Question 4, you haven’t answered all the question.

  8. Task 1.
    1.A poor Tudors treatment would not be as successful as a rich Tudor because they would get basic health care from their own family members, the church or by visiting the wise women who makes herbal remedies and potions , the rich would get treatment from physicians or surgeons who would have knowledge about health.
    2.Treatments were based on herbal remedies , for eg chamomile was taken to help ease a stomach ache.
    3. Witchcraft was considered cures in Tudor times , it was thought that smallpox could be cured y hanging red curtains around the patients bed.
    4.The Tudors did know about antibiotics so having major surgery done would be very painful and difficult in the Tudor times, it would take longer to cure patients and most would not survive because they would not be able to afford the right treatment .

    Task 2
    Tudor medicine mostly consisted of herbal remedies , For example a mixture of sage, lavender and marjoram was used to treat a headache. Herbal remedies were often known as simples and most Tudor women would know how to make them. People in the Tudor time would believe that illness was caused by having bad blood so bleeding was a common practice in Tudor England. There was no National Health Service in Tudor England so the type of doctors Tudors saw was based on how much money they had and where they lived .The wealthy were visited by physicians or surgeons whilst the poorer Tudors had to get treated by their family members or by visiting the church or the wise women who made home remedies .Plague Doctors who treated those with diseases were dressed in a beaked mask, boots, gloves and were wrapped head to toe in vinegar – doused clothes

    • Thank you Raihaan,however, your paragraph is very similar to the sentences in the information. You have changed parts of it which is good, but most of it is too similar. Please make sure you write in your own words. Maybe make some notes next time and then hide the original.

  9. Bronze
    1. Were poorer people more likely to have successful treatment of an illness than the rich?
    No poorer people would not have a successful treatment because they won’t have enough money to afford it.
    2. Were the treatments of illnesses based on Science?
    No it was not based on Science.
    3. Was there a link between medicine and witchcraft?
    Yes there was because women know how to make herbal remedies.
    4. What would it have felt like to have major surgery during Tudor times. Would you be likely to survive? No you might not survive because they didn’t have medicines to treat it.

    • Thank you Danyaal. Please explain your answer for question 2. Also, you haven’t said what it would feel like to have surgery in question 4.

  10. Bronze
    The poorer sometimes couldn’t afford medicine so the rich had better cures
    It was not based on science
    It was not linked with witchcraft
    I would be kinda scared because you might die

  11. Task 1:

    1. My interpretation; No as they were been treated by remedies known as ‘simples’ as to the rich who were visited by Tudor physicians.
    Facts; The poor had no access to Tudor physicians because it depended on how much money they had or where they lived.

    2. My interpretation; No as the Tudor medicine mostly consisted of herbal remedies and some were outlandish.
    Facts; Tudor medicine mostly consisted of herbal remedies.

    3. My interpretation; No as this was not talked about in the text.
    Facts;

    4. My interpretation; Yes, if you were rich but not certain if you were poor.
    Facts; The Tudor didn’t know about antibiotics and anaesthetics so surviving a major surgery may be hard.

    Task 2;

    Tudor medicine such as herbal remedies and potions were used in the Tudor times as there was no National Health Service available in England. These were most likely not effective medicine as they were not science based. The rich had access to real care from Tudor physicians or surgeons whereas the poor had to get basic care from their own family members.

  12. Task 2
    During the Tudor period, medicine comprised mainly of herbal treatments. In addition to these treatments, grotesque methods were also practiced like drinking lice mixed in ale to cure jaundice! A national health service did not exist in the Tudor era so depending on the amount of money you had and where you lived, this would decide the type of treatment you received. Probably one of the more revolting methods that the Tudor doctors used, was assessing a patient’s urine by smelling or even tasting it!

  13. Bronze
    1. I don’t think that poorer people would of had more successful treatment than the rich because they couldn’t afford to have physicians or surgeons to treat them and instead were treated by members of their own family or the church.
    2. The treatment of illnesses was based on herbal remedies, not science.
    3. There is a link between witchcraft and medicine because the local wise woman would make herbal remedies and potions.
    4. I think it would have been very painful to have major surgery in Tudor times because they didn’t have anaesthetic.
    I don’t think you would have been likely to survive because they didn’t have any antibiotics so if you got an infection, you wouldn’t be able to treat it.

    • Of all the work you have done so far Ellie, this is the one that has disappointed me. You can definitely do better. You need to write the facts in sentences please, just saying high temperatures doesn’t mean anything.

      • Hello mr carter, its ellie mum. I am so sorry about this ellie has been doing her work on her own. For the past couple if days shes not been asking for help at all. So i thought she was do ok. I dont no what i can do if she wont let me help her

        • Thank you for sharing your concerns. I will take this into account when I am looking at her work. It was only really today’s work where she seems to dropped the quality so don’t start to worry too much. Maybe you could ask her to do her work independently then ask you to check it, or just leave it to me. She has good ideas and understanding but she can rush sometimes and miss words out in her sentences. Don’t be too hard on her or yourself because things have been very good.

          • Yes thats fine and, she does rush, the past couple of days she been waking up before us and once im up she already done her work

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