Old and Middle English


This lesson allows students to hear and read excerpts from the Lord's Prayer in both Old and Middle English, increasing their knowledge of the origins of English and how it has changed over time. Students notice differences in vocabulary, syntax, phonology, etc.


Lesson Plan

See attached. This lesson is designed as a follow up to other Language Change lessons on this web site (on origins of names, cognates, Old English vocabulary, etc.) for necessary background.


Class Time Needed

Under 30 minutes


General linguistics


Grade Level

Grades 6-8
Grades 9-12