Ch 15: The Late Middle Ages: AP World History Lesson Plans

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The Late Middle Ages chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach about medieval history, literature and religious conflicts 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 Late 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
MondayChristian Anti-Semitism and the Babylonian Captivity Anti-Semitic attitudes among Christians in Europe, exile of the Jews in Judah and decline of the pope's power
TuesdayDante's Divine Comedy and the Tale of Three Popes Religious themes in Dante's epic poem, literary developments in Europe and the Papal or Western Schism
WednesdayThe Hundred Years War and Use of the LongbowCauses of the war between the English and French; influence of the longbow on medieval warfare
ThursdayEnd of the Hundred Years War and Environmental DevelopmentsJoan of Arc's role in the Hundred Years War; the Black Death and Little Ice Age, including their positive and negative effects on Europe
FridayGeoffrey Chaucer and Peasant Revolts Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales as a reflection of English life; causes behind the European peasant revolts of the 14th century

10 Lessons in Chapter 15: The Late Middle Ages: AP World History Lesson Plans
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Christian Antisemitism in Medieval Europe

1. Christian Antisemitism in Medieval Europe

Medieval Europe was predominantly full of Christian societies, but not all citizens were Christians. In this lesson, we'll talk about anti-Semitic policies and fears that characterize European societies for over a millennium.

Babylonian Captivity of the Church and the Decline of Papal Authority

2. Babylonian Captivity of the Church and the Decline of Papal Authority

In the Middle Ages, the power of the papacy began to decline. A French pope chose to move his court to France. This lesson explores this event, its background, and its impact on Catholicism.

The Western Schism and the Tale of 3 Popes

3. The Western Schism and the Tale of 3 Popes

In the Middle Ages, the Catholic church ended up with three elected popes, creating a division in loyalty. This lesson explores how this incident occurred and how it was finally resolved.

Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages

4. Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages

Dante Alighieri was a poet and philosopher from Florence during a time of political unrest. This article explores one of his most well-known poems and its impact on literature and Italian society.

The Hundred Years' War: England vs. France

5. 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.

The Longbow in the Hundred Years' War

6. The Longbow in the Hundred Years' War

The Hundred Years' War was fought between England and France over English control of French territories. In two major battles, England won because of their longbowmen. This lesson explains why the longbows were important.

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

7. 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.

The Little Ice Age and the Black Death

8. 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.

Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

9. Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

This lesson analyzes Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, an early classic of English literature. In it we will highlight Chaucer's criticism of social rank, the position of women, and Church corruption.

Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

10. Fourteenth-Century Peasant Revolts Across Europe

Fourteenth-century Europe saw several peasant revolts. This lesson looks at the economic and political conditions that led to these uprisings and names two of the most well-known.

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