This 8 page packet/lesson teaches students about how feudalism structured society in the Middle Ages - using primary source excerpts, images, notes sections, and a fun simulation activity. There are 4 pages of materials for the simulation, as well as a complete 3 page teacher lesson guide and answer key. Depending on your class length, this lesson may take two class days or can be partly given as homework.
The lesson begins by having students complete an engaging Do Now activity to get them thinking about the needs people had in Europe after the fall of Rome. Then, students learn hands-on about the feudal system by participating in a fun, thorough simulation activity that is always a much-loved highlight of the year for the kids (and also pretty hilarious for you as the teacher!). Great for kinesthetic learners!
Students learn about the economy of feudalism under the manor system, and then about the different social roles in feudalism as they analyze the contract between a lord and his villein (tenant farmer), act out a fun readers’ theatre dialogue between a serf and a lord, and read several primary source excerpts to learn about knights, the Code of Chivalry, and the concept of courtly love.
Students finish by examining a flow chart showing the overall development of feudalism after the fall of Rome and use what they learned in the lesson to complete a writing activity on why feudalism developed and how it structured medieval society.
This lesson covers all the key points students must know about this subject for state assessments, and is completely Common Core aligned.
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