In this highly-engaging Middle Ages Life in European Feudalism activity, students read first-person accounts from different classes in European Feudalism in an attempt to understand the feudal system, vassals, the structure of a fief, and the role of Kings, Lords, Knights, and Serfs!
Each student reads a different first-person perspective, from either the perspective of a King, a Lord, a Knight, or a Serf. Then, students complete the first three sections on the included worksheet. Section 1 focuses on key vocabulary terms, including Vassal, Divine Right Theory, Fief, and Manor. Section 2 has students fill out a class pyramid based on the information in their person's perspective. Section 3 has students make connections to "who is whose Vassal" in the feudal system.
Then, students break into small groups and create short skits to present to the class. In Section 4 of their handout, students summarize their skit that shows the workings of the European feudal system!
Then, have students present their skits to show how feudalism (or the feudal system) works!
This resource includes a paper in-class version and a 1:1 Google compatible version to be used in conjunction with Google Classroom. Just follow the included instructions for how to access the Google version, then share the resource through Google or assign via Google Classroom. This will allow students to type (and paste pictures) directly into the document!
This Life in European Feudalism lesson is included in the larger "Middle Ages Unit" located here:
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