In 1605, a group of 13 committed men devised a plan to blow up the British Parliament, aiming to kill the King and all of the politicians. However, the plot was revealed in an anonymous letter. In a search of the House of Lords on November 5, Guy Fawkes was discovered with barrels of gunpowder.
1 Give one copy of ‘The gunpowder plot worksheet’ to each student in the class. Focus their attention on the newspaper story on the left. Give students a couple of minutes to read through the story and answer the question in 1. (Answer: He (and his friends) wanted to blow up the King and the Government).
2 Direct the students’ attention to the questions on the right of the page. Ask them to read the questions. Now ask them to look at The gunpowder Plottext and work in pairs to find the answers to the questions.
3 Check answers in open class.
1 Guy Fawkes
4 Robert Catesby
5 Francis Tresham
7 They were captured
8 Four were shot. The rest were hanged
9 Families build bonfires, light firewords and eat potatoes and sausages
10 A model of Guy Fawkes which is burned on a bonfire