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The Rise of Medieval Universities Lesson Plan

Instructor: Heather Jenkins

Heather has a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in special education. She was a public school teacher and administrator for 11 years.

Consider using this lesson during a unit on medieval Europe to discuss the rise of medieval universities. A group activity is included for students to create a proposal for a new university and present it to the ruling body of a town or city.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe why universities grew in Europe during the Middle Ages
  • describe how education progressed from monasteries to guilds and universities
  • identify factors that contributed to the growth in secular education

Length

1-2 hours

Materials

  • Chart paper
  • Markers

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, attending to such features as the date and origin of the information.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.9-10.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of how key events or ideas develop over the course of the text.

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