4R – 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 Esha, Lisa, Tymon, Marley, Rhema, and Safwan 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.

13 thoughts on “4R – Thursday 14th May – Home Learning – English

  1. Task 1:
    1. Were poorer people more likely to have successful treatment of illness than the rich?
    No. This is because poorer people had very little money and therefore didn’t have enough to pay for treatment.
    2. Were the treatments of illnesses based on Science?
    No. This is because in the Tudor Times there were no scientists.
    3. Was there a link between medicine and witchcraft?
    Most likely, yes. This is because in the Tudor times there was witchcraft and the medieval plague doctors used herbs, flowers, etc.
    4. What would it have felt like to have major surgery during Tudor times? Would you be likely to survive?
    I am not so sure of that. I would most likely die. The doctors were very unprofessional and did not have money for most scalpels etc. Even if they did have money, in the Tudor times there wasn’t any professional equipment and they based their medicines on flowers and herbs.

    Task 2:
    Tudor Medicine was extremely basic during a period when terrible diseases like the Bubonic Plague were killing almost one-third of England ‘s population. The underlying cause of many of Tudor’s illnesses was lack of hygiene and sanitation, particularly in large cities such as London, but knowledge of Tudor ‘s medicine was so minimal that it was an unknown cause of illness. There were open sewers in the streets during the Tudor era which were also filled with garbage that was sometimes removed and the waste was drained into the nearest river. The Tudor doctors paid attention to a patient’s body fluids, called Humours, which explains why patients were blinded. Other Tudor Physicists’ beliefs centered around Astrology. Bubonic Plague has been treated by lancing the buboes and adding a moist butter, onion, and garlic poultice. Various other treatments have been attempted to create an effective medication like tobacco, arsenic, lily flower, and dried toad. Head Pains were handled with herbs that smell sweet, such as rose, lavender, sage, and bay. Pain and sickness in the stomach were treated with wormwood, mint, and balm. Lung problems due to licorice and comfy medical treatment. Vinegar was widely used as a cleaning agent, as it was thought to kill disease.

  2. Task 1
    1. No, because poor people would have normal health care with there own family members.
    2. No, because there were no scientist in Tudor time to find a way to make medicine.
    3. I think so because in which craft they used herds and flowers in potions.
    4. In my opinion I think, I might not survive because it will be pain full but It depends how they do the surgery.

  3. 1. No because Poor pepole didn’t have much money.
    2. No because there were no scientists in tudor times.
    3. Yes they are connected because it is believed to use herbs and plants
    4. No I don’t think you will survive.
    Task 2
    Tudors made with plants and herbs because there were no antibiotics like now. Poor people were not likley to get a proper treatment because of money. Which craft and tudor medicens are connected because both use herbs and plants.

  4. Task 1:
    1. Were poorer people more likely to have successful treatment of an illness than the rich?They didnt because they didnt have enough money.
    2. Were the treatments of illnesses based on Science? I dont think so because there wasnt any scientists to make medicine.
    3. Was there a link between medicine and witchcraft? I think so because for witchcraft people believe that they used herbs and flowers for the potion.
    4. What would it have felt like to have major surgery during Tudor times. Would you be likely to survive?It would feel painful and i think i would’ve died because there wasn’t any antibiotics to help you after the surgery.
    Task 2:
    In the Tudor era there wasn’t any antibiotics so they used flowers and herbs to help.All women should’ve known how to do the herbal remedies as it was know as “simple”.There was also some very weird medicines such as for jaundice the medicine was cured by drinking lice mixed in ale and you had to drink it every morning for a week.Bleeding was a really common thing in Tudor England for practice . English people Believed that the illness was caused by having too much blood inside them So they cut their veins or even applied leeches to their skin so that the “bad blood” would go.In Tudor England there would be doctors that would help you only if you had enough money.

  5. Bronze
    1. Poor people did not have successful hospital treatment because they had no money.
    2. Some of the treatment can be on science but some can not be.
    3. I thing it’s connected because they both use herb to get the people better when they are sick.
    4. I think it would be scary and that you would die because there was no antibiotics.

    Task 2
    The Tudors made their medicine out of herbs because those days they had no antibiotics. Most poor people are more likely to die because they had no antibiotics and nothing else except for herbs.The Tudors ruled England as helping nobody of them with the herbs.

  6. Task 1
    No poor people weren’t successful because they had little amounts of money.
    No poor people didn’t have better treatments than the rich because they have less money.
    I don’t think they developed good medicine that time so they probably used leaves and water,herbs.
    I don’t think you will be able to survive if you get medical treatment from Tudors because they don’t use proper medicine and you will have at least 30/percent of surviving.

  7. Task 1
    1. No, because poor people would have normal health care with there own family members.
    2. No, because there were no scientist in Tudor time to find a way to make medicine.
    3. I think so because in which craft they used herds and flowers in potions.
    4. In my opinion I think, I might not survive because it will be pain full but It depends how they do the surgery.
    Task 2
    In Tudor times the medicine wasn’t great, most of the medicine consisted herbal and remedies. There were wasn’t any national health services like today. In Tudor times there use to be Plague doctors they were wearing a black beaked mask,boots, gloves and were wrapped head to toe in clothes soaked in vinegar.
    They even thought if you have too much blood they will cut open yourself and take your vines or used leeches. Tudor doctors often examined a patients urine by checking its smell and colour and also testing it.

  8. •Fact is a thing that is proven or known to be true.
    •Opinion means a view or judgement formed about something not necessary based on fact or knowledge.
    Task 1
    1 no poor people wasnt more successful because they didnt have much money.
    2. No treatments wasnt based on science because there was no scientist in tudor times.
    3.I think its connected to witchcraft because in witchcraft they are believed to use herbs and flowers for potions.
    4. In my opinion it would be painful because no anaesthetic was available to numb you. It would also be scary because you’d probably die more likely than nowadays and there was no antibiotics to help with infections so you may not be able to recover.
    Task 2
    Tudor made there own medicine. The medicine mostly consisted of herbal remedies. There wasnt a national health service like we have today. Plague doctors used to wear beaked mask, boots, gloves and were wrapped head to toe in clothes soaked in vinegar. They even thought that having to much blood caused illness so they cut open peoples veins or used leeches. Tudor doctors often examined a patients urine by checking its smell and colour and also testing it.Tudors also believed that if someone had small pox hanging red curtains around the patients bed would cure them.

  9. In Tudor times,there were no nhs in the Tudor England and there was a different doctor dependents on how much money they had and where they lived

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