This Middle Ages source analysis activity follows the style of a DBQ to prepare students to write a 5-paragraph essay. This final step is not required, but is an available option. Students are provided 5 primary and secondary sources about the Crusades, the Magna Carta, and the Bubonic Plague. As students analyze these sources, they will be uncovering how these sources contributed to the decline of the feudal structure in Europe.
This activity can be completed digitally or on paper, both versions are included. The activity also sets students up to write their thesis statement and organize the sources based on which paragraph they will cite them in to defend their arguments if you decide to go that route.
The activity begins with a background essay about why feudalism began and how the feudal structure works. It then moves into sources A-E. Each source is followed by a set of guiding questions to help students navigate the source.
This activity can be completed as a whole class, in small groups, with partners, with each source at a different station, or independently.
What is included in this download?
-PDF printable version of activity.
-Google Drive link with editable pages so that students can complete activity in digital format (easy to upload and assign in Google Classroom)
-a printable foldable which contains a graphic organizer for evaluating the sources if completed on paper. Ideal for gluing into an interactive student notebook.
I hope that you enjoy this activity and that it is helpful to you and your students as you navigate through the [always exciting] Middle Ages in Europe!