To provide an overview of the major events of the period of the Middle Ages.
1 class period
This lesson involves a fun and unique class game during which students are divided into two teams. Play begins when someone from Team 1 reads the first of 35 sentences, which are arranged into the following categories:
• The Middle Ages (400s to 1400s)
• Dark Ages (400s to 1000)
• Later Middle Ages (1000 to 1400s)
That person will then turn their paper face down and attempt to repeat the sentence exactly as it is written. If they can do this, their team scores either 10, 20, or 30 points. Points are underlined at the beginning of each sentence.
When a player fails to repeat the sentence word for word, everyone will circle the sentence number. The statement is now worth double the original number of points. The team whose turn is next can then attempt this sentence for double the points, or can choose the next sentence in the list. Complete game rules are provided on the lesson pages.
After the game, information in sentences 6 through 35 is used to answer a series of questions. Students must decide whether each description refers to the Dark Ages (DA) or Later Middle Ages (LMA). Class members will also see a list of 15 people and terms relating to the lesson topic that need to be identified/defined.
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment or used as a review exercise later in the school year.