These reading activities about early medieval Europe (Dark Ages) give students the opportunity to think about the informational text that they are reading. Important Common Core skills such as finding textual evidence and determining the central idea are included. Students use digital devices along with notebook paper to complete the activities. No copies or handouts are needed.
This informational text is broken down into small sections. Each section is followed by an activity that enables students to process what they have just read before moving on to the next section. Some of the reading activities can be done in pairs. As students move through the assignment, they will gather evidence to answer the essential question.
This resource can be used in place of the textbook or as a supplemental resource. It is compatible with many textbooks. It can also be assigned for homework to students who have access to tablets and laptops at home.
Students with access to tablets or laptops use notebook paper along with their devices to read and complete the assignments. This resource also works for students in a classroom with a good sized projection screen or wall (69"H x 71”W or larger) and an LCD projector.
Topics Covered in the Informational Text:
1. What Medieval Period Means
2. Western Europe Falls into Chaos
3. Missionaries spread Christianity
4. The Franks and Christianity
5. Viking Raids
6. The Beginning of Feudalism
7. How the Lords Protected the People
This Resource Includes:
1. a sample of how students should set up their notebook paper for this assignment
2. assignment instructions
3. two essential questions
4. informational text about early medieval Europe
5. reading activities such as quick review, recall, answer questions, determining the central idea, write questions and support the topic sentence
6. an explanation and illustrated example for supporting a topic sentence
7. an explanation and illustrated example for determining the central idea
8. an explanation and illustrated example for using evidence to answer an essential question
9. an answer key
1. determining the central idea of an informational text section
2. writing a summary sentence for an informational text section
3. using evidence from the text to support a topic sentence
4. using textual evidence to answer an essential question
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