Middle Ages Unit Activities

Middle Ages Unit Activities
Middle Ages Unit Activities
Middle Ages Unit Activities
Middle Ages Unit Activities
Middle Ages Unit Activities
Middle Ages Unit Activities
Middle Ages Unit Activities
Middle Ages Unit Activities
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Students will have the opportunity to create posters, dialogues, debates, newspapers, talk shows, advertisements, training manual booklets, visuals, currencies, timelines, board games, book jacket covers, travel brochures, and poems. Students will also analyze primary sources. Finally, the bundle also includes 43 activities which focuses on the lives of the monarchs, nobles, knights and serfs.

43 Actitivies
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These activities will capture the attention of your students and will help your students be excited about learning about the monarchs, nobles, knights and serfs. Each activity comes with the option of a full page and a 1/2 page handout. Each activity includes black and white clip art that will make it exciting for your students to complete. Some examples of activities include the following topics: (1) Design a license plate for a king or queen. The numbers, letters and design of the license plate should represent his or her experiences and accomplishments. (2) Consider the events, actions, and accomplishments of a noble and design currency to represent him or her. Use a combination of colorful illustrations and phrases. (3) Design the front and back cover of a biography about a knight. Write a title and include a combination of images and writing. (4) Write the titles of four songs that you think a peasant or serf would have on his or her iPod. You can make up the titles. Decorate the iPod based on the daily life of peasants or serfs. Forty-three questions are included in total!

Charlemagne: Hero or Villain?
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Charlemagne was a complex historical figure who had both a positive and negative impact on medieval society. He had many wonderful accomplishments, yet he was also responsible for many negative actions as well. Students will create a poster or write a dialogue explaining why he should be viewed as a hero or villain. The product includes an explanation and list of requirements for both options, a note-taking guide and two rubrics.

Charlemagne: Primary Sources
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Reading primary source documents really helps history come alive for students. The first primary source reveals Charlemagne's belief about education and the second primary source contains a description of the man himself and his attitude towards religion and people in poverty. The product includes two primary source documents, comprehension questions and an answer key.

Help Wanted: Knights Needed
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Students take on the role of a medieval scribe that has been recently assigned to create a Help Wanted Ad to find qualified people to become knights. This activity really helps history come alive for students! It also helps students develop the skill of using historical evidence in their writing, along with incorporating their creative touches. The product includes a brief introduction explaining the activity, an explanation of requirements and a rubric. 

Knights Training Manual Booklet
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It is the 11th century and King Henry I, has required that your students, experienced knights, create a training manual booklet for kids to study before they become expert and well-trained knights. The product includes a direction sheets with requirements for the cover page, introduction, pages of content and appendix, along with a rubric. The product also comes with 15 pages of booklet templates.

Timeline of the Middle Ages
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Timelines are a very important tool to use to visualize major events in a given period in history. Students will create a timeline of important events in medieval European history between 476 and 1450 C.E. Students will include ten significant events from the time period. The product includes specific requirements and a rubric.

Talk Show: Medieval Europe
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Students will work in groups of four to present a talk show. Their talk show will include the host who will ask the deep and engaging questions and three guests who will answer in an interesting and detailed way. Your students will choose the following three people to serve as guests - Monarch, Lord / Lady, Knight, Peasant / Serf. The product includes an introduction, specific requirements, a rubric and sample questions that the host can ask.

Create Currency for the Middle Ages
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The year is 1000 C.E. and your students are artisans who live in Europe during the Middle Ages. They have recently been hired by the king to create a currency to reflect the daily life and culture of the Medieval Era. The product includes a detailed direction sheet with seven requirements, suggested topics and a one-page rubric, along with four currency templates (half and full page options). The product also includes a two-page chart to help students understand the currency of the United States Dollar and a teacher answer key.

Debate: The Middle Ages
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Debates help students improve their skills in the areas of problem solving, critical thinking, communication, teamwork and leadership. For this class activity, divide your students into six teams. Two groups will be competing against each other at a time during the classroom debate. There are a total of three debate questions so each student in your class will participate in a debate and will be an audience member for two debates. Included in the product are debate strategies, the debate statements to be discussed, debate structure, three planning guides, a ballot and a rubric.

A Visual: Feudalism in the Middle Ages
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Creating visuals for topics in history truly help the content come alive! Your students will work in small groups of three to create a visual that portrays the status, roles and responsibilities of the four social groups that made up feudalism during the Middle Ages in Europe. Each group member will choose a role (professor, graphic designer or scribe). While there is a lot of room for creativity, the visual that students create must be based on evidence. The product includes an introduction, step-by-step directions and requirements, an explanation of the roles and responsibilities of students, a rubric and a student reflection.

Create the Book Jacket of a Monarch’s Biography
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One of the best ways to learn about a historical figure is by reading his biography. Your students are going to design the book of a chosen medieval king’s or queen’s biography. A book jacket includes the front cover, spine and back cover of the book. This is a project that gives your students the opportunity to be creative, but their writing must be based on historical evidence. The product includes an explanation of specific requirements and topics and a rubric.

Create a Board Game of the Crusades
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This project is a really fun and creative way for students to show off what they learned about the Crusades. Students will create the rules and directions for the game, create the required pieces, and create a colorful and detailed board game. The product includes step-by-step directions, requirements and ideas, required content topics and a rubric, along with game board pieces and templates.

The Hundred Years’ War Poem
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After students learn about the Hundred Years' War, they are going to write a poem about it from the perspective of a French or English knight. The poem follows a specific format, similar to a biography poem. The product includes a direction sheet with detailed requirements, a template, required historical topics, an abridged sample and a rubric.

Bubonic Plague Newspaper Project
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After researching the bubonic plague, students will create a newspaper to capture the main issues and effects of the Bubonic Plague. Students will be reporters in the year 1348. The product includes a direction sheet that contains seven requirements of their newspaper and a rubric. The product also comes with 12 newspaper templates.

Constantinople Travel Brochure
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The year is 600 C.E. It’s a relaxing Sunday afternoon and your students are munching on toast and reading the newspaper. They come across a “Help Wanted” ad in the Classified section. Tours & Co. is in need of an experienced, knowledgeable and articulate tour guide to teach tourists about the city of Constantinople during medieval times. In lieu of a formal interview, Tours & Co. has requested that job candidates submit an original travel brochure. The product includes a detailed explanation, a list of required topics, specific directions and a rubric, along with eight brochure templates.

Skill Gained
✓Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
✓Introduce claim(s), acknowledge and distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and organize the reasons and evidence logically.
✓Support claim(s) with logical reasoning and relevant evidence, using accurate, credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text.
✓Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented.
✓Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
✓Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
✓Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.
✓Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.
✓Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
✓Conduct short research projects to answer a question
✓Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.
✓Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions.
✓Come to discussions prepared, having read or researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence on the topic, text, or issue to probe and reflect on ideas under discussion.
✓Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

And best of all, your students will LOVE Social Studies! Thank you!

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