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Medieval Times

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 Medieval Times

Differentiated, Project-based Learning!



Gather some Background information

Assignment #1

Watch the Videos




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read below




Medieval Times are referrrrred to as The Middle Ages and commonly date  from the from the fall of the  Roman Empire in the 5th century to the beginning of the Renaissance in the 15th century.




Centuries of Roman rule in Western Europe came crashing to an end in 476 when the emperor was driven from his throne by barbarian invaders from the north. Soon after, hundreds of tiny kingdoms began to form in once Roman lands.




The Church was very much in control of the gamut of medieval life. Civilization progressed slowly; science was looked upon with distrust and often, as heresy. Communication between and within countries was tedious and primarily sent word-of-mouth.


  Now choose 2-3 of the following websites to explore

Life in the Middle Ages Middle Ages Feudal Life
Welcome to the Middle Ages A Medieval Atlas The Middle Ages
Medieval Music Lesson Plan Library on Middle Ages Medieval Music
Footwear of the Middle Ages Medieval Women Medieval Life
Medieval Life Research Unit Days and Days of Knights Medieval Times
Step Back in Time Internet Medieval Sourcebook The Birth of the Early Middle Ages
Middle Ages Activities Life in the Middle Ages WebQuest Medieval and Renaissance Fact & Fiction
Medieval Times Sites Medieval Times on the Web Life in the Middle Ages
A to Z Middle Ages   Medieval Food Homepage



 Assignment #2


Let's   start with a little fun -Online simulations

pick one or two


Here is an on-line game on living in the middle ages!



How about an old fashon Joust?




Practice living in the middle Ages




Assignment #3

Draw /Construct

Using Kid Pix/ or  art tools a create a medieval village, town, manor or castle.






Use the following website to build your medieval relm by using the on line tools.    http://www.citycreator.com/ build a castle on line!




Assignment #4


What happened when?????

Let's create a time line of events . The links below will take you to software online- that you can use to create a time line.




This generator can be used to make time lines of up to 9 events of your choice.


Time Lines can run horizontal or vertical. Choose the type of card you would like to make below.

Horizontal Time Line (Up to 6 Events)



1900 1901 1902 1903 1904 1905


Vertical Time Line (Up to 9 Events)


Event 1

Event 2
Event 3
Event 4
Event 5
Event 6
Event 7
Event 8
Event 9



  Here is a fun time line to look at and get ideas from



Assigment #5



1. What was life like?



Compare and contrast how the peasants and the people who lived in the manor houses lived. Use the Venn Diagram below.

You can right click on top of the picture and select "Save Picture as"









http://historymedren.about.com/library/weekly/aa061898.htm Medieval Clip Art




Group Work


 Your Group will be working in one of the Areas below.

Make sure you answer all the questions in your topic area. Some research sites have been

selected for you to begin with.




1. What does the name "Charlemagne" mean?

2. What was the name Charles Martel and why was it given?

3. What German tribe was Charlemagne king of?

4. What did Charlemagne accomplish by conquering much of Western Europe?

5. How did he treat the non-Christians he conquered?

6. What happened to him on Christmas day in 800?

7. Where was Charlemagne's palace?

8. What did Charlemagne do to promote education in his court? Give an example.

9. What two present day countries developed from Charlemagne's kingdom?

10. What interesting fact did you learn about Charlemagne that most of us might not know?


Web Sites to help you


http://www.megaessays.com/viewpaper/35379.html  Meaning of Charlemagne


http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/03629a.htm  & http://www.humnet.ucla.edu/santiago/histchrl.html Charles Martel


http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=finnemore&book=germany&story=charlemagne&PHPSESSID=dfe0923f987dcbb6773f24f21a9813da Charlemagne's tribe


http://www.thenagain.info/WebChron/WestEurope/CharlCrown.html Charlemagne and Christmas 800


http://faculty.cua.edu/Pennington/Religion402/Topic%20Two%20Carolingian%20Church/LectureTwo/PalaceChapelAachen.htm Charlemagne's palace


http://www.vanderbilt.edu/Blair/Courses/MUSL242/f98/charles.htm timeline and points of interest


http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-47504/education education


http://www.vanderbilt.edu/Blair/Courses/MUSL242/f98/charles.htm map of Charlemagne's kingdom


http://www.hyw.com/books/history/Franks.htm modern countries from the Charlemagne Kingdom


Interesting facts 












word icon.jpg (978 bytes)  Copy and paste your questions into MS Word. You may work together but you each need to turn in

your own answer sheet . Be sure to answer the questions in your own words.




1. What is Feudalism?

2. Why was Fredalism developed?

3. When was Fredalism established in Western Europe?

4. How did the feudal system work? Be sure to define the term "fief" and "vassal" in your explanation.

5. Draw a diagram of the feudal system structure.


Web sites to search 


http://www.mrdowling.com/703-feudalism.html Feudalism Sysem


http://www.mrdowling.com/703-feudalism.html Feudal struction and how it developed


http://ph.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070402143734AACG9O4 When established




http://www.historyonthenet.com/Medieval_Life/feudalism.htm How it worked













1. What were the Crusades?

2. What two groups fought against each other during the Crusades?

3. When did the Crusades begin? When did they end?

4. Who called for the Crusades?

5. Where were the Crusades fought?

6. Who was Saladin and how did he treat the people he conquered?

7. Explain how trade was effected by the Crusades?


Web Sites on the Crusades


http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04543c.htm What were they


http://www.medievalcrusades.com/ Who fought




http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/cru1.htm timeline of the crusades


http://www.teacheroz.com/Middle_Ages.htm  Where





http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/Saladin.htm Saladine


http://www.thetreemaker.com/last-name-meaning/crusades.html trade- toward the middle of the page




Towns and Cities

1. When and where did towns and cities develop?

2. What were living condition like in the towns?

3. Name one serious problem the people living in the towns faced?

4. What was a guild? Give one example of a guild.

5. Explain the process by which a person learned a trade.

6. What was black death?

7. How many Europeans died from the black death between 1346-1350?


Web Sites on Towns and Cities



http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/medieval_towns.htm towns and cities develop




http://www.knowledge4africa.co.za/worldhistory/middle-ages10.htm living conditions


 http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gbetcher/373/MedTowns.htm & http://www.public.iastate.edu/~gbetcher/373/MedTowns.htm town problems




http://fidnet.com/~weid/dailylife.htm Daily life


http://www.britainexpress.com/History/Townlife.htm guides and trades




http://www.the-orb.net/encyclop/culture/towns/towns.html culture


http://www.insecta-inspecta.com/fleas/bdeath/ black death


Manor Research


1. What was a manor?

2. Why could a manor be called self-sufficient?

3. In case of attack where do you think the people living in the manor would go for protection?

4. What was the difference between a serf and a free peasant?

5. What was the main responsibility of the Lord of the Manor? The Knights? The Peasants?


Web Sites on Manors


http://www.hyw.com/books/history/Franks.htm manor systems


http://mars.wnec.edu/~grempel/courses/wc1/lectures/22manor.html manor system


http://web.nickshanks.com/history/medieval/manor protection













Monasteries Research

1. What was a monastery?

2. Who lived in a monastery?

3, Name the three most common vows taken by those who lived in a monastery?

4. What was the Scriptorium? What type of work went on there?

5. How were monks and friars different?

6. What was St. Benedict's rule?


Web Sites on Monasteries


http://www.mtangel.edu/library/subject/monastic.htm life in a monastery




http://www.newyorkcarver.com/Abbey.htm monastry inhabitats.










Knights Research

1. What was a knight?

2. Describe in detail the process by which a boy became a knight. Include the three stages, the age requirement for each stage, and the job duties of each stage.

3. What was dubbing?

4. What were the responsibilities of a knight?

5. Give one example of a famous real-life or fictional knight.


 Sites on Knights









Entertainment Research

1. What was jousting? What was its purpose?

2. What were the rules for soccer? What material was used for the soccer ball? Remember it was called football.

3. What board game games were played during the middle ages?

4. Why and how often were fairs held? What was their purpose?

5. How did minstrels entertain nobles?

6. Name a t least two other ways nobles were entertained in the Middle Ages?


 Sites on Entertainment


http://www.nationaljousting.com/history/medieval.htm definition of a joust


http://www-cs.canisius.edu/~salley/Articles/football.html medieval football




http://historymedren.about.com/library/weekly/aa053101c.htm Board games


http://www.shoshone.k12.id.us/medieval/thefair.htm  Medieval Fairs


http://library.thinkquest.org/10949/fief/medentertain.html Minstrels and Jesters















Castle Research

1. Name two purposes of a castle?

2. Who lived in a castle?

3. What was the weakest part of a castle?

4. Give two examples of how a cstle would be defended?

5. Give two examples of how a castle could be attacked?

6. What is a siege?

7. What invention made Castles ineffective as a place of shelter?


Castle Web Sites












http://www.yourchildlearns.com/castle.htm & http://www.yourchildlearns.com/castle_history.htm






"Renaissance," French for "rebirth," perfectly describes the intellectual and economic changes that

occurred in Europe from the fourteenth through the sixteenth centuries.


1. Renaissance is  a french word meaning what?

2. What was the Renaissance?

3. When did the Renaissance begin?

4. Name the city and country where the Renaissance began!

5. Where and how did it spread?

6. Name two Famous Renaissance people and what they were known for

7. Who invented the printing press?

8. Why was the printing press important?


 Check out these sites for a little help!














http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/leonardo/timeline.html Renaissance time line


 printer icons.gif (1125 bytes) Print out the finished work so you can turn it in!


 2.   Listen to some Medieval Music  (requires Quicktime plug-in)



5. Pick a Project to present what you have learned about Medieval Times


Medieval Journal - Individual Project Create a medieval person. You will develop this person's personality, his name, and identity. You will decide on his occupation (knight, priest, serf etc...) You will describe his daily life, including the ups and downs. You must create a family for yourself as well. You may make a Coat of Arms or Family Crest. You must provide background information, that is based in historical truth. You need to discuss where you live and the time period. Certainly you will need to include any hardships you had to endure. This project is to be written in the first person. In other words, you must become the character you are writing about, You must write this in the form of a journal or diary. You must have ten entries. Each entry must be dated, either daily, once a week, or one a month. Each entry must be at least 1 page typed. (double spaced, 10 to 12 font size)

Remember, although your character is fictional you must base his life in historical truths. Therefore, you must do research. Links to web cites on the Middle Ages can be found below.


Life on the Manor - Group project

 Lords, Ladies, Serfs, and Knights made up the Middle Ages. Create your own characters and put on a one act play depicting life on the Manor. The play can be a drama or a comedy. Your play must reflect life in the Middle Ages. The play should be ten to fifteen minutes long. You must submit a typed copy of the script and a videotape of the performance. With your permission I will show the video tape in class. Each group member may perform more than one part. Costumes and props should be used.


Architecture in the Middle Ages - individual project

During the Middle Ages castles and cathedrals were important architectural structures.  Create your own model of a medieval structure,  using google sketchup,  You must research the design of the structure you created and write a 1 to 1 1/2 page report discussing the castle/cathedral and its artistic and historical significance.  With your permission a photo of your work will be posted on this wiki.



Projected you want to do ????? Check with your Teacher!

Write your idea up in the form of a proposal. Include name of the project, what you hope to learn, why it is important, and how you will present it. If your teacher says it's O.K. I will help you develop some research links to help you!






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