Swan Lake History Curriculum Guide
- The story of Swan Lake takes place in a fictional kingdom, ruled by a king and queen. This kind of government is called a "monarchy," defined as an undivided rule by a single person. There are a few places today that still have absolute monarchies, though most have evolved.
- Here's a brief article on royalty. Other forms of government include constitutional monarchies (as in Canada), democracies, dictatorships, and constitutional republics, such as the United States.
- Read this article from Scholastic to learn more about forms of government.
- Have fun exploring Ben's Guide to U. S. Government which teaches about our form of government. Different levels of information and activities assure understanding by all ages.
- Here is a list of picture books (fictional and nonfictional) about kings and queens. And you might enjoy this book from Usborne (amazon.com).
- The Medieval time period was one known for its royalty, castles, and peasants. Find out more about this time period with these books (amazon.com)
- Check out this word list from Enchanted Learning. All of these are related to castles, kings and queens. Choose ten that you don't know and look them up in the dictionary. Make a word search or crossword puzzle with these words.
- Choose one or more of these great kings and queens from history and write a report: King Tut (Egypt), Alexander the Great (Roman Empire), Catherine the Great (Russia), Henry VIII (England) and Queen Elizabeth II (England).
- Check out this website with king and queen paper dolls to print and create
- King Louis the 14th of France - King Louis was a dancer himself and established the first ballet school, employing Italian-born composer Jean-Baptiste Lully. Lully was the first influential composer of French opera, as well as being King Louis' favorite composer and his pick for ballet works. Lully is, sadly, famous for stabbing his foot while conducting, an injury which later caused his death due to gangrenous infection.
- Here is a biography of Lully with a list of his compositions and here are a couple of paintings of Lully. Quite the hairdo, isn't it? (Probably a wig, like most men in the royal court wore) See the music section for excerpts from Lully's ballets.
- Louis XIV was known as the Sun King, the nickname coming from his role as Apollo in a court ballet. The King danced in many ballets in his time. Here are some portraits of Louis XIV. Royalty often hired artists to paint them in various events and poses. From the artwork you can see how richly Louis lived!
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