The Middle Ages
Age 11-13: Concept 2 - Semester 2: Unit 2

In this unit, you'll venture back to the days of monarchs, knights, and serfs. Along the way, you'll explore feudalism, the role of the medieval church, the guilds of craftsmen, and the details of everyday life in the Middle Ages.

For your final project, you'll create a medieval map or try your hand at living history in a medieval fair presentation.

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The Age 11-13 social studies units utilize a Timeline of Ancient Civilization along with a stack of timeline cards to enhance your child's understanding of the chronology of historical events. Cards are color coded so your child can easily see and compare what was happening in different parts of the world at the same time.
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Prerequisites

  • Able to read and comprehend novels at a late 7th or 8th grade reading level
  • Able to write multiple paragraphs on a topic
  • Familiar with the five-paragraph essay

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Medieval Europe (2 Days)
  • Lesson 2: Monarchs
  • Lesson 3: Knights and Warfare in the Middle Ages (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Castles and Feasts
  • Lesson 5: Village and City Life (2 Days)
  • Lesson 6: Religion in Medieval Life (3 Days)
  • Lesson 7: Monasteries
  • Lesson 8: The End of the Medieval Era
  • Final Project: A Medieval Fair or Map (2 Days)

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the conflict and cooperation between the Papacy and European monarchs (e.g., Charlemagne, Gregory VII, Emperor Henry IV). (Social Studies)
  • Describe the spread of Christianity north of the Alps and the roles played by the early church and by monasteries in its diffusion after the fall of the western half of the Roman Empire. (Social Studies)
  • Discuss the causes and course of the religious Crusades and their effects on the Christian, Muslim, and Jewish populations in Europe, with emphasis on the increasing contact by Europeans with cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean world. (Social Studies)
  • Know the history of the decline of Muslim rule in the Iberian Peninsula that culminated in the Reconquista and the rise of Spanish and Portuguese kingdoms. (Social Studies)
  • Know the significance of developments in medieval English legal and constitutional practices and their importance in the rise of modern democratic thought and representative institutions (e.g., Magna Carta, parliament, development of habeas corpus, an independent judiciary in England). (Social Studies)
  • Map the spread of the bubonic plague from Central Asia to China, the Middle East, and Europe and describe its impact on the global population. (Social Studies)
  • Study the geography of the Europe and the Eurasian land mass — including its location, topography, waterways, vegetation, and climate — and its relationship to ways of life in medieval Europe. (Social Studies)
  • Understand the development of feudalism, its role in the medieval European economy, the way in which it was influenced by physical geography (the role of the manor and the growth of towns), and how feudal relationships provided the foundation of political order. (Social Studies)
  • Understand the importance of the Catholic church as a political, intellectual, and aesthetic institution (e.g., founding of universities, political and spiritual roles of the clergy, creation of monastic and mendicant religious orders, preservation of the Latin language and religious texts, St. Thomas Aquinas's synthesis of classical philosophy with Christian theology, and the concept of "natural law"). (Social Studies)
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