This 6 page packet/lesson teaches students about the rise, fall, and impact of the Medieval Frankish kings - from Clovis to Charles Martel to Charlemagne - using images, maps, primary source excerpts, and notes sections. A complete teacher answer key is included and the packet can be broken into two days of lessons.
The first three pages examine the impact of the Merovingian Franks. First, a timeline and map analysis activity sets up historical context for students linking the fall of the Western Roman Empire through to the early Middle Ages. Then students read a primary source excerpt about the conversion of Clovis to Christianity and analyze the significance of this event. Next, students examine a map of Charles Martel's victory against the Muslims at the Battle of Tours and analyze why this moment was important for Europe's history.
The next three pages examine the Carolingian Dynasty, specifically how "great" Charlemagne really was. Students examine images and read primary source excerpts to identify the significance of certain aspects of his reign such as: being crowned Holy Roman Emperor by the Pope, the missi dominici administrative system, restoration of Roman knowledge and education systems, and use of the feudal fief system.
Students finish by reading reasons why Charlemagne may NOT be considered great, and completing an evidence-based persuasive writing assignment.
The packet is left in Word so you may edit it according to the needs of your class.
This lesson covers all the key points students must know about this subject for state assessments, and is completely Common Core aligned.
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