Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Art of Making Swords (Great for Study of Middle Ages)

Medieval times is a part of social studies that every student, from elementary through high school, truly enjoys studying. In English literature, it surfaces again through Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table, etc. In science, it appears again as students study the various alloys which preceded steel. Swashbuckling surfaces with ease with Robin Hood, pirates, fencing, etc.

Well, just how difficult was it to actually make a sword? In using this video, ELLs especially will be exposed to the skills a blacksmith would need to create such a weapon. In the movies, the process is always depicted as something that required little effort and minimal skills. Here in this video, nothing can be further from the truth. Before you bring students into sword fights, give them an opportunity to see how only highly skilled men could fashion these MEDIEVAL WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION:)

I hope your students will be amazed!



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