Lesson 3.4: What Does It Take to Make a Book?
• Students will be able to describe the advantages of paper over other writing materials and explain its significance in terms of broadening literacy
• They will identify the purposes of literacy during the medieval period and the social classes who enjoyed access to literacy and books.
• They will analyze visual representations of books and reading to draw conclusions about the social context of reading
• PowerPoint Presentation 3.4, “What Does It Take to Make a Book?”
• Student Handout 3.4.1 – Literacy
• Student Handout 3.4.2 – Optional readings 1-3
Lesson Plan Text
1. Students will view PowerPoint presentation 3.4, which includes videos on the making of books, and read texts concerning literacy during the medieval period
2. Show PowerPoint 3.4, “What Does It Take to Make a Book?” or have students view it on their own in a flipped classroom model. Discuss how books were made, the importance of paper, and how books were used, during the era. In what ways was this technology different from what came before it in terms of cost, durability, wide dissemination of ideas (e.g. scrolls on parchment, papyrus and hard writing materials)
3. Distribute or project Student Handouts 3.4.1-3.4.2 and have students read and reflect on the questions at the end of each segment. In addition, students should closely view the images to discover clues about the social context of reading and books.
4. Optional reading: Jonathan Bloom, “Revolution by the Ream: A History of Paper,” Saudi Aramco World magazine, May/June 1999 at http://www.saudiaramcoworld.com/issue/199903/revolution.by.the.ream-a.history.of.paper.htm.
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