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Ch 16: The Early Middle Ages High School World History Lesson Plans

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The Early Middle Ages chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the important events and people of the early middle ages 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.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Feudalism: Charlemagne, the Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule The fall of Rome, the birth of feudalism in Europe and Charlemagne's reign in Europe;
The military conquests of Charlemagne and the Divine Right of Kings
Tuesday Monasticism from St. Benedict to Cluny;
Carolingian Art: History, Style and Characteristics
A look at the origins of monasticism and the Benedictine Rule;
Charles the Great and the Carolingian Renaissance
Wednesday Carolingian Architecture: Style, Characteristics and Examples The construction and characteristics of Carolingian churches and monasteries
Thursday History of the Vikings The birth of feudalism and the Viking longships
Friday The Technology Behind the Armored Knight Medieval military tactics and technology

9 Lessons in Chapter 16: The Early Middle Ages High School World History Lesson Plans
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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.

Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

8. 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

9. 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.

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