An Introduction to Keith Thomas’ Religion and the Decline Of Magic

Do you believe in magic? Scholars, through the use of a short video clip, investigate the use of magic in the medieval time period as a way to solve problems. They read Keith Thomas' Religion and the Decline of Magic and they analyze how beliefs play an important role in how people solve problems. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Show a short video clip of a current magician to begin the lesson 
  • Brainstorm current world issues and unexplained events to tie into the belief in the supernatural
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires many sets of headphones as well as laptops
Pros

  • Resource is excellent for audio and visual learners
  • Video provides opportunity for use as a preview or review of lesson
Cons

  • No worksheet or materials available