Also available as part of Duffy's Black Death Package:
This is a PowerPoint, Poster and Worksheet set used to introduce students to the hierarchical structure of Feudal England and Manorialism, from the Conquest (1066) to Black Death (1347). I've used a variant of this PowerPoint for the last three years with Grade 8 History students at my high school: it has remained engaging for the students and seems to explain the hierarchy well, so I continue to reuse it every year!
Before starting this series of slides, my students will have covered the Battle of Hastings; generally I follow it with The Black Death.
- Feudal Pyramid with information slides on King, Nobility, Knights, Peasants, Craftsmen and the Church.
- William I (the Conqueror) - briefly.
- Domesday Book - briefly.
- Manor / Manorialism systems
- Everyday life for the peasants including farming, yearly calendar, living conditions.
Included in the ZIP File is:
- PowerPoint, including animated step by step guide to the Feudal Pyramid, information slides, and a section on Manorialism
- PDF of the complete Feudal Pyramid to print as a class poster.
- 3 page Worksheet to compliment the Slides: I have my students complete the worksheet while they listen, stopping to ensure they keep up. This is an engagement tactic.
I've also included a list of useful websites on Feudalism, which may be handy for new educators.
Australian Curriculum connection:
Year 8 History:
Medieval Europe Depth Study (c.590 – c.1500)
The way of life in Medieval Europe (social, cultural, economic and political features) and the roles and relationships of different groups in society (ACDSEH008)
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Feudalism Pyramid of Power by Duffy Stirling is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.