Feudalism Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- this is a 12 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 30 questions based on an online tutorial video and and online history article.
Students will begin this activity by watching an online tutorial which will introduce them to feudalism. The Fall of Rome, the establishment of the Frankish Kingdom, and Charlemagne are all briefly reviewed to help set the stage for feudalism. The emergence of many small kingdoms, and not one large Roman Empire, is used to illustrate the many wars and violence that spread across Europe during the Middle Ages. The establishment of feudalism, and the manorial system is explained as a response to the violence and lack of a lot of hard currency. Land became the main source of power for kings and nobles. The social structure of feudalism is then explained- the king, followed by his vassals and lords, knights, then the peasants (most of whom were serfs). Serfdom is explained, as is the process of becoming a knight. Following the video, students will read an article which provides a greater explanation of the social class system of feudalism, how it was a fixed system- you were born into your class and did not leave, the role of the church and cities during feudalism, and why feudalism eventually came to an end.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.