Ch 17: The Medieval Warm Period High School World History Lesson Plans

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The Medieval Warm Period chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the students in your classroom about the rulers, technology and decisions of this period in European history. 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 Medieval Warm Period 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 The Medieval Warm Period and New Agricultural Technologies;
The Return of the Crossbow and its Implications for Europe;
The Great Schism Between the East and Western Churches;
William the Conqueror and Politics and Art in the Dark Ages
The causes of the Agricultural Revolution and the changes in the political climate;
A comparison between the crossbow and armor;
Papal authority and the East-West Schism of 1054;
The importance of William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings
Tuesday The Roman Catholic Clergy;
The Investiture Conflict: Rulers vs. the Centralized Church;
The 4 Lateran Councils: The Rules and Decisions
The hierarchy of priests, bishops, archbishops and cardinals;
The political conflicts between the Holy Roman Emperor and the pope in the 11th and 12th centuries;
A description of the four lateran councils of the medieval church
Wednesday Windmills, Water Wheels and Labor Savers in the Dark Ages;
Henry II of England and Philip Augustus of France;
Thomas Becket and the Constitution of Clarendon
A look at watermills and how they were utilized in 11th century northern Europe;
The rule of Richard I, King John and Henry II;
An explanation of the Constitutions of Clarendon
Thursday Romanesque Art: History, Characteristics and Style;
Romanesque Architecture: Characteristics, Examples and History;
The First Crusade: Causes and Effects
A look at the Romanesque Period's art, stained glass windows and sculpture;
The prevalence of semicircular arches and vaulting in the architecture of the Roman empire;
The significance and causes of the People's Crusade
Friday The Great Crusades: History and Timeline;
Results and Impact of the Crusades;
The Reemergence of towns and Commerce
The events of the European Crusades;
The economic and social effects of the Crusades;
The beginnings of the Urban Revolution in Europe and the growing economy

16 Lessons in Chapter 17: The Medieval Warm Period High School World History Lesson Plans
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The Medieval Warm Period and New Agricultural Technologies

1. The Medieval Warm Period and New Agricultural Technologies

In this lesson, we explore the factors that brought about Europe's Medieval Agricultural Revolution. We look at the climate of Europe and the key agricultural technologies and techniques that revolutionized agriculture: the heavy plow, the horse collar & the three field crop rotation system.

The Return of the Crossbow and its Implications for Europe

2. The Return of the Crossbow and its Implications for Europe

This lesson looks at the return of the crossbow to Medieval Europe. The relative cost of crossbows to armored knights is explored, as are the socioeconomic repercussions of each.

The Great Schism Between the East and Western Churches

3. 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.

William the Conqueror & Politics and Art in the Dark Ages

4. William the Conqueror & Politics and Art in the Dark Ages

This lesson will explore the life and deeds of William the Conqueror. In exploring the political backdrop of the Dark Ages, it will highlight the Battle of Hastings, the Bayeux Tapestry, and the Domesday Book.

The Roman Catholic Clergy

5. The Roman Catholic Clergy

This lesson will list and describe the different members of the Medieval clergy. Beginning at the lower levels and ending with the Pope, it will outline the duties of each office.

The Investiture Conflict: Rulers vs. the Centralized Church

6. The Investiture Conflict: Rulers vs. the Centralized Church

This lesson will explore the Investiture Conflict of the 11th and 12th centuries. In doing so, it will highlight the roles of Pope Gregory VII and Henry IV. It will also explain the Concordat of Worms.

The 4 Lateran Councils: The Rules and Decisions

7. The 4 Lateran Councils: The Rules and Decisions

This lesson will discuss the Four Lateran Councils held between the years 1123 and 1215 CE. In doing so, it will explore and highlight the main themes and decisions of each.

Windmills, Water Wheels and Labor Savers in the Dark Ages

8. Windmills, Water Wheels and Labor Savers in the Dark Ages

This lesson explores the advent of mechanized labor in Medieval Europe. We note the frenzied pace of wind and watermill construction in Europe. We examine the causes of this phenomenon and hypothesize on its implications.

Henry II of England and Philip Augustus of France

9. Henry II of England and Philip Augustus of France

This lesson will explore the reigns of the Angevin Plantagenet kings of England, Henry II, Richard I, and John. It will also highlight their dealings with Philip Augustus of France.

Thomas Becket and the Constitutions of Clarendon

10. Thomas Becket and the Constitutions of Clarendon

This lesson will explain the power struggle between Church and State in medieval England. It will focus on King Henry II, Thomas Becket, and the Constitutions of Clarendon.

Romanesque Art: History, Characteristics & Style

11. Romanesque Art: History, Characteristics & Style

This lesson covers the explosion of Romanesque art in the 11th century. We briefly explore the causes behind this movement. Then we look at the two most notable forms of Romanesque art: sculptural decoration and stained glass windows. Finally, we examine the emergence of medieval secular art.

Romanesque Architecture: Characteristics, Examples & History

12. Romanesque Architecture: Characteristics, Examples & History

In this lesson we fly through the various characteristics of Romanesque architecture: the semicircular arch, various sorts of vaulting, heavier construction, and the addition of increasingly intricate exteriors incorporating towers, arcades, and decorative sculpture.

The First Crusade: Causes and Effects

13. The First Crusade: Causes and Effects

This lesson covers the motivations of Pope Urban II in calling for the crusade at Clermont and at the religious and secular motivations of European laymen. We will also look at the startling success of the first crusade.

The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

14. The Great Crusades: History and Timeline

This lesson examines the utter failure of the later crusades. We look at some of the factors that led to this failure. We then have a glimpse at each of the major crusades abroad, as well as the political and heretical crusades in Europe.

Results and Impact of the Crusades

15. 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.

The Reemergence of Towns and Commerce

16. The Reemergence of Towns and Commerce

This lesson explores the urban revolution of the 12th century. We will examine the causes, especially the resurgence of trade, and then look at the various factors that made the revolution possible. Finally, we will discuss the impact of this revolution on Medieval Europe.

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