Social Studies Research and Practice
Volume 4, Number 3, Winter 2009
Lesson Plan: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village
Ashley G. Lucas
Amy Schlitz’s book Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! set in 1255 England is an extraordinary children’s book that explores life in a medieval village. This is not your typical storybook and is not to be read in the typical fashion. As we learn from the forward, the author—a school librarian—wrote it with the intention that a group of students studying medieval history would put on a dramatization of the book. Because she did not want a couple of students to have the lead roles and the rest to have minor ones, she wrote it as a series of 23 monologues that intertwine. This lesson plan provides background information on the book and suggestions on how to use it.