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Medieval Europe

Medieval Europe

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Grade Level Grades 3-8
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Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards

About This Lesson

In Medieval Europe, students investigate the barbarian invasions and end of the Roman Empire; the influence of the Roman Catholic Church; the life of Charlemagne; the feudal system; castles and manors; chivalry; the growth of towns; women in the Middle Ages; William the Conqueror; the Magna Carta; Parliament; Joan of Arc; the plague; and the legacy of the Middle Ages. Students also discover medieval European art, architecture, and music, as well as the fictional King Arthur and Camelot.

This unit includes a Student Reader, Timeline Image Cards, and a Teacher Guide, providing Guided Reading Supports and the following Additional Activities: reading King Arthur fiction excerpts; interpreting maps; writing a medieval city charter; creating an illuminated manuscript; taking virtual tours of cathedrals, an abbey, and a medieval manor; and a Unit Assessment.

Standards

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.
Review the key ideas expressed and explain their own ideas and understanding in light of the discussion.
Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.
Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

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