To understand how the growth of towns brought about changes in ways of living in the late Middle Ages.
1 class period
This activity for individuals or pairs begins by assigning Parts 1-4 at the beginning of the period.
In Part 1 and Part 2, students answer a series of questions, and complete a word search puzzle, using information on a map showing towns of Medieval Europe around the year 1250. The map appears on the second lesson page.
In Part 3, class members read through several statements about the growth of towns in the late Middle Ages. Afterwards, they must decide which of sixteen descriptions correctly describe towns in the late Middle Ages, and which ones do not. Answers are either YES or NO.
In Part 4, students are challenged to rearrange letters of scrambled words pertaining to certain customs and practices, such as trade, education, and the arts ,that are common today but began long ago after the Dark Ages passed and towns began to grow in size.
Answers to all four parts of the lesson can be announced at the end of the period or at the start of the next day’s class.
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.