You are purchasing a Document Based Activity that uses the Inquiry Approach Lesson Strategy. This activity is on the topic of Life in the Middle Ages, specifically focusing on the question: How did the growth of towns, and an economy based upon trade and commerce, impact daily life during the Middle Ages? What was daily life like for people that lived during this time period?
In the Inquiry Based (or Mystery Strategy) approach students are confronted with a historical puzzle or FOCUS question to consider and they are also given historical evidence (excerpts from primary sources, photographs, charts, graphs etc.) that they use to solve the puzzle or answer the FOCUS question. Students start by expressing their own curiosity about the topic, then they explore, ask questions, and investigate for answers. While working with the “clues” that you give them, students build their knowledge, continue to ask questions and search for answers, until they are able to draw conclusions about the puzzle or topic presented. In this activity, your students will:
1) Read a short Warm-up Reading and label a creative foldable on the unique Social Structure of the Middle Ages.
2) Work in small groups or pairs to analyze 7 pictures of Medieval Life. Guiding Questions are provided.
3) Investigate life in the Middle Ages using the clues (short primary/secondary source excerpts) provided. As they read each excerpt they will take notes and address the Comprehension questions provided on a GROUP GRAPHIC ORGANIZER.
4) Complete a creative assessment/Exit Card “Sensory” activity to gauge their understanding of the topic.
All materials, sources, worksheets and handouts are provided! Your students will LOVE this activity!
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