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Joan of Arc Mini Unit Study
Joan of Arc was born to a French peasant family during the Hundred
Years' War between England and France. When she was a young teen,
Joan said she heard the voices of saints who told her that she must
personally fight to help free France from England and help place
Charles VII (the Dauphin) on the throne. So, when she was just sixteen
years old, she begged to join the French forces loyal to Charles
– but was rejected. One year later, dressed in men’s
clothes, she was able to meet with Charles and tell him about the
saintly voices she heard and the daring plans they whispered to
her to free the city of Orleans, which was held by the English.
Amazingly, Charles agreed to Joan's plan. Joan then rode with the
troops into battle and defeated the English at Orleans.
She would then go on to capture more cities, but in the spring of
1840, she herself was captured and sold to the Bishop of Beauvais.
At the behest of England, an Inquisition was held, trying Joan for
heresy - for the voices she heard and later, for dressing as a man.
Joan confessed, then recanted, and was ultimately burned at the
stake one year after her capture at the age of nineteen. Today,
Joan is celebrated in France as a national hero and is admired by
international students of history for her bravery and courage.
In this mini unit study, you can: read about Joan’s life and
death, learn about the Hundred Years' War, read a complete biography
of Joan written by Mark Twain, see an actual letter Joan wrote to
the King of England, take a pictorial tour of Joan’s world,
review a timeline of her life, and fill in a research worksheet
with what you have learned.
Read this 17-part hyperlinked story on Joan's childhood, military
victories , trial and death:
Need some background on
the Hundred Years' War? This article provides a short overview:
Read the Personal
Recollections of Joan of Arc, written by Mark Twain (older
A letter to the King of England from Joan:
Take a pictorial tour through Joan's world:
Review a timeline of the key events in Joan of Arc's life:
of key events
Fill in this research worksheet with everything you have learned
about Joan of Arc:
Joan of Arc
Of all the books written on Joan of Arc for the younger crowd, this
one is by far the best. Not only does the narrative cover Joan's
life, but also places all of her actions in the historical context
of the ongoing war between France and England.
Although the book is targeted at readers ages 9-12, because of the
lavish illustrations throughout, it could also be used a read-aloud
for younger children interested in medieval history.
Authors: Diane Stanley
Amazon Price: $6.99
more about the book on Amazon