Joan of Arc Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers instruct elementary students about the historical and religious significance of Joan of Arc. Joan of Arc is a Roman Catholic Church saint who is honored for dying on behalf of her beliefs.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson on Joan of Arc, students will be able to:

  • Ask and answer questions about Joan of Arc.
  • Summarize the reasons why Joan of Arc was chosen to be a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
  • Create a timeline of Joan of Arc's life using information from multiple sources.


60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.


Recall relevant information from experiences or gather relevant information from print and digital sources; summarize or paraphrase information in notes and finished work, and provide a list of sources.

Key Vocabulary

  • angels
  • crowned
  • heresy
  • Hundred Years' War
  • prediction
  • saint
  • sentenced
  • visions


  • Copies of quiz
  • Copies of the lesson
  • Paper
  • Pencils
  • Access to encyclopedias and internet sources
  • Butcher paper
  • Markers


  • Preview vocabulary with students prior to reading the lesson.

Read Joan of Arc Lesson for Kids: Facts & Biography as a class, and discuss the following questions:

    • Why is Joan of Arc still remembered today?
    • What honor was granted to Joan of Arc after her death?
    • How old was Joan of Arc when she died?
    • What happened when Joan of Arc turned 12 years old?
    • Where did Joan of Arc live?
    • Explain the reasons behind the Hundred Years' War.
    • What did Joan of Arc's visions tell her about the war?
    • Who is Robert de Baudricourt?
    • How did Joan prove to Robert de Baudricourt that she was telling the truth?
    • How did Joan disguise herself when she met the king in Chinon?
    • What did Joan carry into battle?
    • Why was Joan put on trial?
    • How could Joan have saved herself from being executed?
    • Turn and talk: Why do you think Joan refused to deny her visions?
  • Ask if there are any questions, then give the students the lesson's printable worksheet to check for understanding.
  • Check the answers as a class.

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