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Ch 4: Medieval Europe Lesson Plans

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These lesson plans will help you teach your students everything they need to know about Medieval Europe. Each of these lesson plans has a corresponding lesson on a key topic.

Medieval Europe Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

The lesson plans included in this chapter will help you to prepare for teaching your students about Medieval Europe. Our lesson plans will allow your students to learn about the major topics they will need to know in order to understand this subject. This chapter contains lesson plans on topics such as:

  • Coats of arms
  • The Dark Ages
  • Feudalism
  • The Crusades

Also included in the chapter are lessons on each of the topics found in the lesson plans, which you can use to help bolster your students' learning experience on this subject.

How It Helps

  • Individual topics: Your students will have a much easier time learning about a complex subject like Medieval Europe if it is broken down into different topics they can learn about individually.
  • Event summaries: These lessons will allow you to teach your students basic summaries of some of the major events of Medieval European history.
  • Vocabulary Words: You can use these lesson plans to teach your students the definitions of key terms from Medieval Europe.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning Medieval Europe lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific Medieval Europe topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your Medieval Europe class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related Medieval Europe lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important Medieval Europe concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant Medieval Europe-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

41 Lessons in Chapter 4: Medieval Europe Lesson Plans
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Holy Roman Empire Lesson Plan

1. Holy Roman Empire Lesson Plan

What was the Holy Roman Empire and how did it impact history? This lesson plan uses two engaging video lesson to highlight key facts about this time in history. An activity solidifies understanding.

The Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

2. The Holy Roman Empire: Politics & Religion

In this lesson, we will examine the Holy Roman Empire. We will learn about its development, explore its political institutions, meet its leaders, and study its last days.

Power Struggles of the Holy Roman Empire: Popes vs. Emperors

3. Power Struggles of the Holy Roman Empire: Popes vs. Emperors

The High Middle Ages was characterized by constant struggles for power. This lesson explores fighting between the papacy, Germany, and Italy for authority over the Holy Roman Empire.

The Great Schism Lesson Plan

4. The Great Schism Lesson Plan

If you're planning to teach your students about the Great Schism, this lesson plan will help them learn about the events surrounding the Great Schism. An activity incorporates art techniques to engage students with history.

The Great Schism Between the East and Western Churches

5. The Great Schism Between the East and Western Churches

This lesson will define and explain the Great Schism, which led to the formation of Western Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. In doing so, it will highlight the political and cultural factors that led to the the great divide.

The Church in the Middle Ages Lesson Plan

6. The Church in the Middle Ages Lesson Plan

How did the church influence life in the Middle Ages? This lesson plan explores the changes that occurred during this time in religion with the help of a lesson plan and activity.

History of the Church in the Middle Ages

7. History of the Church in the Middle Ages

In this lesson we will learn about the history of the Catholic Church during the Middle Ages. We will highlight key developments and themes related to the Church during this time, and analyze their impact.

The Dark Ages Lesson Plan

8. The Dark Ages Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will outline the key terms and discussion points relating two lessons on the Dark Ages. Several activity topics will be given to help students understand this topic a bit more in depth.

The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture

9. The Dark Ages: Loss of Classical Culture

This lesson explores the loss of classical culture during the Dark Ages. We compare the life of a medieval peasant to that of a Roman pleb. We then examine the causes of this decline, as well as its repercussions.

The Dark Ages: Definition, History & Timeline

10. The Dark Ages: Definition, History & Timeline

In this lesson, we will examine the period of time commonly referred to as the Dark Ages. We will learn why this period is called the Dark Ages and discuss why some historians are now shying away from this term.

Middle Ages Activities

11. Middle Ages Activities

The Middle Ages saw plagues, crusades and the fall of the Roman Empire. Teaching about the Middle Ages should be exciting and fun. These activities are designed to support this topic

Results and Impact of the Crusades

12. Results and Impact of the Crusades

This lesson explores the results and impact of the Crusades. We examine the social impact, the political impact and the economic impact of three centuries of crusading.

Bubonic Plague Lesson Plan

13. Bubonic Plague Lesson Plan

Help your students better understand the biological, social, and economic impacts of the Bubonic Plague through this Study.com lesson plan. An activity will delve deeper into the economic impact of the plague on peasants.

The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

14. The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

Fourteenth century Europe experienced a devastating population decline due to a climate cooling, famine, and the plague. This lesson explores how these factors occurred and their impact on Europe.

Black Death Activities for the Classroom

15. Black Death Activities for the Classroom

The Black Death or the Bubonic Plague killed 1 in 3 people in the 14th Century. It ran rampant and ravaged the the world. This lesson provides some activities to help students learn about the Black Death.

The Bubonic Plague: History, Facts & Symptoms

16. The Bubonic Plague: History, Facts & Symptoms

In this lesson, we will discuss the origins and effects of the bubonic plague of the 14th century. Learn about the lasting impacts of one of the most devastating events in European history.

The Magna Carta & The Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition & Significance

17. The Magna Carta & The Constitutions of Clarendon: Definition & Significance

In the High Middle Ages, rulers fought for supreme power. This lesson explores two of the earliest documents to limit power of an authority figure, whether it was the pope or a king.

Magna Carta Lesson Plan for Elementary School

18. Magna Carta Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Educate your students about the famous Magna Carta with this helpful lesson plan. They will study a text lesson about the document, take a related quiz, and be a part of a hands-on activity that will reinforce new concepts.

Magna Carta Lesson Plan

19. Magna Carta Lesson Plan

Perhaps no other document in English history is as famous as the Magna Carta, but after this lesson, your students will have a more complete understanding of what it actually meant for the rights of people.

Magna Carta Games & Activities

20. Magna Carta Games & Activities

The Magna Carta holds a special place in history as an important social, political and legal document. This lesson offers ideas for Magna Carta games and activities teachers can use in the classroom.

Magna Carta Project Ideas

21. Magna Carta Project Ideas

The Magna Carta represented a definitive change in European history. These projects can help your students examine the history and significance of this document within various contexts.

The Hundred Years' War Lesson Plan

22. The Hundred Years' War Lesson Plan

This lesson plan gives you various discussion topics, questions, a quiz, and an activity that will help students better understand the Hundred Years' War.

The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

23. The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

The Hundred Years' War was fought between England and France between 1337 and 1453. This lesson explores what led to the conflict and some of the decisive battles of the war.

War of the Roses Lesson Plan

24. War of the Roses Lesson Plan

Remember the drama-filled soap operas? Now reality shows have taken their place. But do students know this kind of drama existed in the 15th century in England? They'll find out in this lesson plan that includes a video, discussion questions, an activity and a quiz.

Joan of Arc Lesson Plan

25. Joan of Arc Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your students who Joan of Arc was, what her role in the Hundred Years' War was, and how she became a legend. Students will watch an engaging video lesson outlining key ideas about Joan of Arc, use guided questions for study, and apply learning to an activity.

Joan of Arc and the End of the Hundred Years' War

26. Joan of Arc and the End of the Hundred Years' War

Joan of Arc was a French peasant who led French troops against England in the Hundred Years' War. This lesson provides a brief description of her life and actions in the war against England.

Joan of Arc Lesson Plan for Elementary School

27. Joan of Arc Lesson Plan for Elementary School

This lesson plan is a tool for helping teachers instruct elementary students about the historical and religious significance of Joan of Arc. Joan of Arc is a Roman Catholic Church saint who is honored for dying on behalf of her beliefs.

Richard III Lesson Plan

28. Richard III Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will give you numerous questions and topics to discuss with students about Richard III. An activity and a quiz are also provided to help engage students and check their understanding.

King Richard III: History, Family Tree & Death

29. King Richard III: History, Family Tree & Death

Although he reigned for little more than two years, King Richard III is one of England's most widely known monarchs. He is regarded for his duplicity and ruthlessness. Learn how such a cruel and short-lived king rose to become a prominent historical figure.

Gunpowder Lesson Plan

30. Gunpowder Lesson Plan

This lesson plan is rooted in a video lesson on the history of gunpowder and presents key vocabulary terms, objectives, and discussion questions. Take advantage of activities to solidify information and explore related concepts.

History of Gunpowder and its Effects on the New World

31. History of Gunpowder and its Effects on the New World

This lesson will discuss the history of gun powder and its effect on the New World. It will highlight the development of firearms, as well as the Europeans who used gunpowder to ravage the Americas.

Ivan the Great Lesson Plan

32. Ivan the Great Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will allow the students to learn about Ivan the Great's early years and upbringing as well as his influence on Russians (and their adversaries) through military and political rule.

Ivan the Great of Russia: Facts, Accomplishments & Timeline

33. Ivan the Great of Russia: Facts, Accomplishments & Timeline

Ivan III Vasilyevich was the first ruler to use the title of Tzar and Ruler of Russia. His achievement of making Moscow the center of Russian power was rewarded by adding 'the Great' to his name.

The Rise of Medieval Universities Lesson Plan

34. The Rise of Medieval Universities Lesson Plan

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.

The Late Middle Ages Activities for High School

35. The Late Middle Ages Activities for High School

How were the Late Middle Ages different from the Middle Ages? Help your high school students understand this time period in world history through engaging activities that will challenge them to use higher-level thinking skills.

The Medieval Warm Period Activities for High School

36. The Medieval Warm Period Activities for High School

The Medieval Warm Period included many important events that forever changed Europe and impacted world history. Use these activities to help students understand the agricultural, political, societal, and religious changes during this period.

Crusades Lesson Plan

37. Crusades Lesson Plan

Enhance your instruction with a Study.com video, and directions for how to lead an in-class discussion about the effects and influence of the Crusades on the next centuries of European history.

Middle Ages Lesson Plan

38. Middle Ages Lesson Plan

With this lesson plan and a video from Study.com, your students' understanding of the Middle Ages will be anything but 'Dark.' Opportunities to explain feudalism and the Black Death are included.

Middle Ages Unit Plan

39. Middle Ages Unit Plan

Educate your students about the Middle Ages with this helpful unit plan. You will access a variety of resources with which to teach including activities, project ideas, discussion questions, and lesson plans.

Middle Ages Project Ideas

40. Middle Ages Project Ideas

These group project ideas will help teach your middle school students about the Middle Ages. They will use their creative and analytical talents to better understand the characteristics and events of the time period.

Medieval Castle Project Ideas

41. Medieval Castle Project Ideas

Castles are interesting and fun topics that students are often eager to learn about. These project ideas can help make this learning more interactive and engaging.

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