The following set of reflective responses is designed to accompany student study and analysis of specific events that occurred during the Middle Ages. Over the course of studying this time period, the teacher will assign students to complete a series of reflective responses that examine how central issues and themes concerning the church, the crusades, the black plague, the Hundred Years war and political changes shaped events during the Middle Ages.
Teachers can determine the value of each reflective response or opt to choose an overall value for the completion of all responses. The responses serve as excellent homework and reflection pieces for students, and they can also be used for in-class discussions, essay format assessment questions, or even the components of a post-reading Socratic Seminar. Teachers should feel free to structure the use of the responses to best suit their instructional setting and timeframe.
The following is a list of elements that teachers can require students to include in each reflective response. Teacher should feel free to edit or add to the list as they see fit:
- 15 or MORE TOTAL LINES
- Position Statement – Explains your Position with a clear Topic Sentence
- Explain – sentence(s) that add details to support your position
- Evidence – Correctly punctuated QUOTE or PARAPHRASE
- Explore – add INSIGHT about HOW your evidence supports your position
- Restate – Restate your position statement effectively