This is the twelfth in a series of PowerPoints I have done for a World History Course. It covers the Middle Ages (Dark Ages) in Europe from the Fall of Rome to the Late Middle Ages (Hundred Years War). Some topics include the Dark Ages, Feudalism, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, the Vikings, the Magna Carta, the Catholic Church, the Holy Roman Empire, the Crusades, the Black Death, etc. I make my PowerPoints light on words, because I elaborate on them myself. I have tried to make them as aesthetically pleasing as possible, so students will enjoy the presentation as much as they can. NOTE: The glowing words are the really important things on a slide that I definitely want my students to remember! I usually break the PowerPoints up when I use them, into multiple days. (Ex. I'll teach a couple of slides then do an activity. I'll pick back up the next day.) You should feel free to use these as template. Edit them to your satisfaction, but I feel these are great tools and springboards! Strickland Presentations
NOTE: I have two pictures of the National Cathedral in Washington DC on this presentation. It's right after the Notre Dame pictures when I am talking about Gothic architecture. I ask the students where they think this cathedral is and how old it is. They never guess it's in Washington and that it wasn't completed until the 1980's. I like to show them the Darth Vader gargoyle and an example of the stained glass windows reflecting our nation's history. The stained glass window is of Robert E. Lee.
Also, the slides transition from black to lighter gray as the Middle Ages progress to come out of the "dark ages". It goes back to black during the plague, then even lighter for the Late Middle Ages.