Crusades Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kevin Newton

Kevin has edited encyclopedias, taught middle and high school history, and has a master's degree in Islamic law.

Enhance your instruction with a video, and directions for how to help students analyze the effects and influence of the Crusades on the next centuries of European history.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Describe how the Crusades changed the European outlook
  • Compare and contrast Europe before the Crusades to Europe after the Crusades
  • Link the weakening of the Pope's power with the failure of the Crusades


40 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources, connecting insights gained from specific details to an understanding of the text as a whole.


Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary that makes clear the relationships among the key details and ideas.


  • Start by showing the video lesson Results and Impact of the Crusades, pausing the video at the following intervals for discussion.
    • 5:08 - Ask students how they think life will change for the Europeans following these arrivals of new ideas and goods? What does that mean for merchants? What about thinkers? How do they think traditional ideas will stand up to this new scrutiny?
    • 7:09 - Ask students to link money coming in to Italy and an explosion in art. Also, discuss how this must have made the other monarchs and nobility of Europe feel. After all, they took part in the Crusades, too.
    • 9:55 - Ask the students about the weakening of the Pope and the failing Crusades. Examine how the kings are getting richer and what must have been happening to the nobility now that the kings have the money to put them in their place. Also, discuss how merchants were becoming wealthier.


  • Ask students to compare misunderstandings that occur today in the Middle East to those of the Crusades.
  • Ask students to predict what they think will happen to the power of the Church following the Crusades.
  • Ask students if there have been any similar results out of modern interventions in the Middle East. On one hand, many people have more definite opinions of the countries there. On the other hand, soldiers returning from deployments in Iraq and elsewhere have meant that there has been an incredible skyrocket in demand for Middle Eastern restaurants.

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