Monday, September 4, 2017

Bayeux Tapestry

I love 1066 and the whole story of that year.  I use it with my seniors to teach note taking skills (along with other things) and I lecture the story.  I've written about that before when I mentioned creating a sound board to give lectures a little more umpph.

If you cover 1066 and the Bayeux Tapestry at all, here are a few resources you can use.

1.The first is an animated version of the tapestry.  These guys made a video that appears like they took a camera and panned the whole tapestry.  On top of that, they added a little background music and with the wonders of technology, made the art move.  This way your students can see the art style, but it may hold their attention a second or two longer.

2. There is also a site where someone has broken the tapestry into 35 easier to see sections.  An extra credit assignment I offer to my more artistic students is to take a piece of cloth 8" by 30" and recreated in someway a section from that site.  My hope is that one day I'll have all 35 sections hanging on my wall.  The site is found here:

3. Create your own.  A quick search on the net allows you to find several false sections of the Bayeux tapestry, such as this one:

Unfortunately, no longer seems to work.  However, you can still use the Wayback Machine to find a working version.  It is quite clever and allows you to pull in images from the tapestry and recreate them for the tale you wish to tell.  The dashboard and working space look like this:

I saved it by taking a screenshot.  Students can use this to play around on or as a project for a later story where they use the images to make a Macbeth version of the Bayeux tapestry or something similar.

4. An while we are on a Game of Thrones kick, here is Game of Thrones in Bayeux Tapestry style.

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