Malbork Castle: A Unit of Medieval Castle Life
Created by The Ancient-Minded Professor
These materials are intended to help you plan your discussion of medieval castle life and communities. The unit includes a short two-page pre-reading assignment that can be used in your preparation or read by students, bullet point lecture notes, a primary source document from the Middle Ages that recounts some aspects of castle life, an annotated PowerPoint about Malbork Castle, a short quiz, and a vocabulary assignment. The annotated PowerPoint is the result of photographs taken in summer 2013 and will give you a close up look into an actual medieval castle. The quiz is built on document-based questions (DBQ’s), and the lesson plans include an answer key for the quiz and vocabulary assignment.
Learning outcomes aligned to these lessons materials
1. Students will be able to describe the origins of the class of knights from the Middle Ages with particular emphasis on the Teutonic Knights.
2. Students will be able to connect the Teutonic Knights with the crusading orders of knights.
3. Students will better understand the structure and purpose of a medieval castle community.
4. Students will be able to identify the geographic region where the Teutonic Knights existed.
Keywords: Castles, Middle Ages, Medieval, communities, Crusades, Jerusalem, knights, Malbork Castle, Poland, market economy, closed economy, equestrians, chivalry, Teutonic Knights, Knights Templar, Knights Hospitaller, King Arthur, The Ancient-Minded Professor, primary sources.