Five documents from the so-called Dark Ages are researched to discover the feel of the early Middle Ages in Western Europe. Students view the actions of warriors, knights, nobles and the Church and draw conclusions about their likely courses of action, motivations and outcomes. Suitable for any Western Civilization, Fall of Rome, Dark Ages or Middle Ages class in middle school.
There are only 10 questions, but this should take up about an hour's class time. An answer key and glossary of potentially difficult terms is included.
NCSS Standards supported:
II. Time, Continuity and Change, d. identify and use various sources for reconstructing the past, such as documents, letters, diaries, maps, textbooks, photos, and others.
V. Individuals, Groups and Institutions. f. give examples of the role of institutions in furthering both continuity and change; g. show how groups and institutions work to meet individual needs and promote the common good, and identify examples of where they fail to do so.
VI. Power, Authority and Governance. c. give examples of how government does or does not provide for the needs and wants of people, establish order and security, and manage conflict;.