To become familiar with the causes, major events, and results of the Crusades.
1 class period
After reading with the class two brief introductory paragraphs, students need ten minutes or so to read and study information on an outline about the Crusades.
I. Causes of the Crusades.
II. Many Crusades were organized during a 200-year period.
III. Results of the Crusades.
Afterwards, the class is divided into five teams. Each team will be a group of Crusaders that follows one of the five routes to the Holy Land shown on a map on the third lesson page. The first team to reach the Holy Land defeats the Muslim Turks and wins the GAME OF THE CRUSADES.
The game begins when the teacher asks a question about the Crusades. (The fourth lesson page, which only the teacher has during the game, contains the list of questions.) Class members must look for the answer on their outlines. The first person to raise their hand is called on. If their answer is correct, space 1 on the map is crossed out for that person’s team.
If the person being called on gives the wrong answer, or does not answer immediately, the other four teams will each cross out a space. The same person cannot answer twice in a row for their team.
The first team with ten spaces crossed out wins the game.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.