Middle Ages

Middle Ages Unit Scope

This document supports teachers in organizing the content and tasks for a unit of study.

Essential Questions

These questions guide teachers in driving instruction for students.

How did the Middle Ages...

  • challenge the way countries were governed?
  • affect science and religion?
  • connect and divide civilizations?
  • teacher’s choice

Key Topics

These topics are critical themes within the big topic area.

Government and Society Religion and Science Travel, Trade, and Conflict

Recommended Newsela Materials

The most relevant articles are in the first text set. The additional text sets include materials to address the topics.

Articles

This section is organized by subtopic so that teachers can match relevant content to critical themes. These articles can help you target student understanding for each key topic.

Government and Society Religion and Science Travel, Trade, and Conflict

World Leaders: Charlemagne

800 years later, Magna Carta is still shared

Did the same bacteria strain cause Justinian Plague and Black Death?

A plague upon some houses 4,800 years ago- then it mutated

Buried under British towns, ancient pottery sheds light on the Black Death

Women Leaders: Joan of Arc

Medieval potion-making melds with modern medicine to fight MRSA

From Alchemy to Chemistry: The Origins of Today’s Science

The Birth of Modern Science

Cry havoc, and let loose the… rocket cats?

Trade Goods, and Ideas, Travel the Silk Roads Between Asia and Europe

The Seven Voyages of Zheng He

The Explorers: Ibn Battuta

World Leaders: Genghis Khan

Marco Polo & his “Travels” to the Imperial Court of Kublai Khan

Mongol Empire gifted with climate changes

Primary Sources: Saladin and the Crusaders fight for Jerusalem

Great Cities: Benin, mighty Medieval capital now lost without a trace

Formative Tasks

The tasks are organized by subtopic and provide teachers with relevant resources for classroom implementation. Teachers can use these activities and assessments to determine student learning.

Government and Society Religion and Science Travel, Trade, and Conflict

PRO Activities

PRO Teacher Resource and Paired Text

World Leaders: Charlemagne

PRO Teacher Resource

Did the same bacteria strain cause Justinian Plague and Black Death?

PRO Teacher Resource

The plague has not been eradicated, but fewer people contract the disease

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Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: How did world leaders affect modern structures of government in the middle ages?

Prompt B: How did leaders influence the development of early modern culture such as literature, science, law and education?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

 

PRO Activities

PRO Teacher Resource

The Birth of Modern Science

Lesson Plan

Medieval Medical Remedies

PRO Extensions

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Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: How did scientific understandings in the Middle Ages affect health and hygiene?

Prompt B: What democratic structures were influenced by developments during the Middle Ages?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder.

PRO Activities

PRO Teacher Resource

Primary Sources: Saladin and the Crusaders fight for Jerusalem

 

PRO Extensions

  • Recommended Annotations
  • Teacher Annotations

PRO Assessments

Adapted Write Prompts
Prompt A: How did conflicts influence relationships between nations and affect geography?

Prompt B: What role did religion play in conflicts  during the Middle Ages?

Quiz: Reflect on student progress Binder

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