Charlemagne Primary Source Lesson

Grade Levels
7th - 10th
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This primary source analysis lesson on Charlemagne is perfect for your Middle Ages unit in World History!

The activity includes 8 primary sources excerpts from a 1,200-year-old biography of the "King of the Franks" that can be easily understood by your students. Each helps students understand about Charlemagne's life and personality so they can analyze him as a leader.

A graphic organizer page is included for students to use with the sources along with a worksheet of analysis questions. Students reflect on his leadership ability and compare that to a political leader of today.

A lesson plan is included detailing how to use the sources at stations or other options. It also includes suggested videos, a warm up, additional online sources, and more.

A complete editable Google Doc version is also included for use in Google Classroom and Distance Learning!

This activity pairs perfectly with my Charlemagne and Medieval Europe Flipped Classroom Lesson. Both resources can also be downloaded as part of my Middle Ages Unit Bundle!

Thanks so much for checking it out!

Total Pages
9 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author’s point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


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