The Middle Ages- Webquest and Video Analysis with Key- this is a 14 page document that contains a webquest and a completed teachers key for easy marking. It contains 22 questions based on a Crash Course World History video and the History.com website.
Students will be introduced to the topic of the Middle Ages by watching the Crash Course World History video: The Dark Ages...How Dark Were They, Really? The video will explain the reasoning for the Middle Ages as being seen as "Dark" when compared to the previous Roman Empire and the Renaissance that followed the Middle Ages. Feudalism will be examined as will many myths behind the Dark Ages. The video then examines the Islamic and Chinese Empires at the time to prove that the Middle Ages were not a time of cultural repression across the whole world. China and the Middle East flourished during this time and it is only Eurocentrism that leads us to call this time "the Dark Ages." Following the video, students will read an article on the History.com website which will examine the events of Europe more closely during the Middle Ages. The power of the Catholic Church, feudalism, the Crusades, the architecture of the time, and the economics and society of the Middle Ages are all covered. The article ends by explaining how the Renaissance needed the Middle Ages to happen because of its importance, as opposed to a time period being seen as backwards and unimportant.
This webquest can be easily used as an introduction to the topic, a study guide, or a quick and easy sub plan.