Early Middle Ages Medieval Europe Reading Passages - Questions - Annotations

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Early Medieval Europe Middle Ages - Feudalism Worksheets - Reading Comprehension Passages, Questions, and Annotations

This resource is designed for an Early Medieval Europe unit. It contains 5 Engaging, Non-Fiction Reading Comprehension Passages with Directions for Student Annotations! Reading Comprehension Questions also included!

Questions & Answer Keys for Each of the 5 Reading Passages!

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Quick overview of topics covered in this resource include:

1.) Feudalism in the Early Middle Ages

-Introduction/Overview of how after the collapse of Rome, there was no large system of government.

-describes a decline in education and the changes after the fall of Rome (reduction in trade, decline in education, etc.) and how it impacted Europe

-eventually led to feudalism, basis of society.

-overview of feudalism (agreement between vassals and lords)

Keywords: feudalism, medieval, fiefs

2.) Charlemagne

-Overview of his history and how he created a European empire

-Describes how he was crowned Holy Roman Emperor

-Overview of all of his major accomplishments

(military campaigns, spreading Christianity, creating schools, etc)

3.) Manor Life

-Introduction of life on the manor. Describes what a manor consists of. Description of how it was it’s own micro-word and self-sustaining.

-describes the things that characterized the middle ages during the manor time period (no real government, very little trade, political chaos, kingdoms)

-overview and description of Early Medieval hierarchy (Kings, nobles, knights, peasants)

Keywords: manor, baron, fiefs, vassal, manor, lord, feudalism, serf, squire

4.) The Benedictine Rule and Christianity

-Overview of Christianity in Early Medieval Europe and how it spread.

-Describes missionaries, monks, Saint Patrick, monasteries, and the Benedictine Monks.

-Ways monks aided the communities (helped others read and write, healthcare, etc.)

-Describes who Saint Benedict of Nursia was and what the Benedictine Rule and Benedictine Order is and what the rules were that Benedictine monks must follow.

Keywords: monastery, The Benedictine Rule, bishop, monk,

5.) A Comparison of Feudal Europe and Feudal Japan

-Introduction to Feudal Europe and Feudal Japan

-Compares and contrasts the similarities and differences in Early Medieval Europe and Feudal Japan.

Keywords: Chivalry, Bushido, Feudalism, Zen Gardens, Epic Poetry, Haiku, Shintoism, Christianity

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