Teacher Lesson Ideas

Were the Medieval Guilds Predecessors to the Labor Unions in the United States?

After explaining the structure and history of guilds in Medieval Europe and labor unions in the United States, the teacher divides sixth grade students into a group of guild members and a group of union members, with each student playing the role of a different member of the guild or union (such as journeyman, master, or union president).  The students then write and perform a one-act play based on primary and secondary descriptions of these two labor groups.

Barbara Blake
Charleston County School of the Arts, SC
2004 Lowcountry Institute

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