Middle Ages Research Opportunities is a collection of 15 research prompts for Medieval Europe. Students will explore this time period through:
• analyzing primary and secondary source materials.
• proving generalizations to be true.
• completing a product that is intended to demonstrate their
research and proof.
The 15 research prompts are tested and proven to be rigorous research opportunities that will accompany any middle or high school unit on the Middle Ages. The higher-level requirements for research and synthesis of information make it an excellent resource for teachers of gifted and talented students in earlier middle school. However, the prompts are still grade and age appropriate for high school as well.
Included in the file is a standards-based rubric to assist in grading projects and research.
These Research Prompts meet rigorous demands and are aligned to the Common Core Standards.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.1 Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.2 Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.3 Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.6 Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.7 Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.6.8 Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.4 Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.2 Determine the central ideas or conclusions of a text; provide an accurate summary of the text distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.