Was Charlemagne a great Christian king? That is the topic this short historical fiction piece and essay makes students grapple with. This reading should take most middle school students about fifteen to twenty minutes to read. Additional primary source samples are included for students to use to back up their arguments.
To follow up the reading, an instructor can choose to use the multiple choice questions included or have students tackle Charlemagne's deeds, good and bad, in an argumentative essay. An outstanding Common Core activity, this reading can easily be tailored to fit any instructional need. Feel free to also use my flipped video lecture on this topic on my youtube channel jondherman. Herman's Histories thanks you.