The following common core based worksheet/lesson plan is focused around the results of the Crusades. After a brief do now, the class watches 20+ minutes of Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven and in writing, answers several key questions. The class engages in a brief discussion when answering these questions. Next, in pairs or groups, students will complete a graphic organizer that helps them analyze the significant impact the Crusades made on the world in general and Western Europe in particular. Finally, students will complete an activity that focuses their thoughts on cultural diffusion - perhaps the most important impact of the Crusades. This is an engaging lesson that offers students the opportunity to think deeply about a world-changing historical event. The lesson can be modified to fit a smaller or larger time frame.
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