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Ch 11: Early Middle Ages: AP World History Lesson Plans

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The Early Middle Ages chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Early Middle Ages chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
MondayCharlemagne and Feudalism Definition of feudalism; establishment and division of the Holy Roman Empire and Charlemagne's relationship with the Catholic Church
TuesdayImpact of Monasticism and the Vikings on Western CivilizationPositive and disruptive influences on Western Civilization, including contributions of the monasticism movement and effects of Viking raids
WednesdayCarolingian Architecture and Art Characteristics and styles of Carolingian art and buildings; highlights of the Carolingian Renaissance
ThursdayArmored Knight and the CrossbowInfluence of armored knight technology on feudalism and protection from horse peoples and the Vikings; use and disuse of the crossbow in Europe
FridayFeudal Ties and Decline of the Byzantine Empire Explanation of how feudal ties and manors enhanced administrative stability; contributing factors to the lengthy decline of the Byzantine Empire

12 Lessons in Chapter 11: Early Middle Ages: AP World History Lesson Plans
Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

1. Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

This lesson explains the rule of Charlemagne and his control over the Holy Roman Empire. It highlights his many military conquests and his divine rights as king, while also focusing on the role feudalism played before, during, and after his reign.

Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

2. Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

This lesson will explore the rule of Charlemagne and his exercise of the divine right of kings. It will highlight his reign as Holy Roman Emperor, focusing on his military conquests and his cultural reforms.

Monasticism from St. Benedict to Cluny

3. Monasticism from St. Benedict to Cluny

This lesson will trace the history of Western monasticism from Benedict to Cluny. It will focus on the Benedictine rule while also highlight monastic contributions to society.

Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics

4. Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics

This lesson covers the art of the Carolingian Renaissance. We'll explore the causes of the Carolingian Renaissance, then see how the art of illumination was adapted for new uses. Then we'll discuss treasure bindings and finish with a quick survey of the few other surviving forms of Carolingian art.

Carolingian Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Examples

5. Carolingian Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Examples

This lesson covers Carolingian architecture. We first look at Charlemagne's place in a long tradition of imperial builders. We then look at features that distinguish Carolingian churches from early Christian churches: piers, transepts, choirs and westworks. Finally, we explore the blueprint of a Carolingian monastery.

History of the Vikings

6. History of the Vikings

This lesson covers the history of the Vikings. We examine the Viking longships and their role in raids. Then we explore the impact these raids had on European history. Next we look at some of the other things the Vikings did besides raiding.

The Technology Behind the Armored Knight

7. The Technology Behind the Armored Knight

This lesson looks at the technology behind the armored knight. We'll follow the development of medieval armor and the development of the saddle. Finally, we'll look at the implications of this expensive form of warfare.

The Return of the Crossbow and its Implications for Europe

8. The Return of the Crossbow and its Implications for Europe

This lesson looks at the return of the crossbow to Medieval Europe. The relative cost of crossbows to armored knights is explored, as are the socioeconomic repercussions of each.

Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

9. Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

This lesson will explore the impact of feudalism on European society. While explaining the system of feudalism, it will highlight how it offered protection and stability to Europe, specifically after the 5th century fall of Rome.

The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

10. The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

This lesson will explore the slow decline of the Byzantine Empire. It will highlight internal instability and outside invasion as two of the major factors that led to the 1453 fall of Constantinople and the empire.

Feudalism Lesson Plan

11. Feudalism Lesson Plan

Have you always wanted to be the lord of the land? Study.com makes it happen in your instruction on feudalism with the help of an engaging classroom activity and an informative text lesson.

What is Medieval Feudalism? - Definition, Structure & History

12. What is Medieval Feudalism? - Definition, Structure & History

In this lesson, you'll learn about the historical background, basic structure, and general nature of feudalism as practiced in Medieval Europe between the 9th and 15th centuries.

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