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Middle Ages

(500 - 1200 A.D.)

European Middle Ages 

$160 per month

1 session per week


Allison Bruning




12 - 18  years old




Session 1: Charlemagne Unites Germanic Kingdoms


Students will identify Middle Ages, Franks, monastery, secular, Carolingian Dynasty and Charlemagne. 

Students will determine what freedoms they would give up for protection if they lived in the Middle Ages. 

Students will summarize the lives and historical contributions of Benedict and Scholastica.

Students will examine the role monasteries played during the Middle Ages.  

Students will analyze the growth of Charlemagne's Empire. 

Students will summarize Charlemagne's most notable achievements. 


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment and Multimedia Activity on page 357.

2) Read pages 358 -363 in course textbook.

Session 2: Feudalism in Europe


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify lord, fief, vassal, knight, serf, manor and tithe. 

Students will analyze the geographical spread of Viking, Muslim and Magyar invasions across Europe. 

Students will summarize the impact of Viking, Magyar and Muslim invasions on medieval Europe.

Students will compare European and Japanese feudalism.

Students will examine what a Medieval Manor looked like.   

Students will summarize the problems peasant families faced.  


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 363.

2) Read pages 364 - 369 in course textbook.

Session 3: The Age of Chivalry


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify chivalry, tournament and troubadour.

Students will analyze how chivalry was depicted in medieval art.

Students will analyze castles and siege weapons. 

Students will compare modern day sports tournaments and medieval tournaments.

Students will analyze how modern day epic films may or may not accurately depict the historical lives and events of the Middle Ages.

Students will compare the lives of noble and peasant women.

Students will summarize the privileges noblewomen had in medieval society. 


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 369.

2) Read pages 370 - 373 in course textbook.

Session 4: The Power of the Church


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify clergy, sacrament, canon law, Holy Roman Empire, and lay investiture. 

Students will explain why medieval peasants supported the Church.

Students will summarize the role of superstitions within Middle Age society. 

Students will infer why Henry's journey to Canossa was a political act. 

Students will analyze the political trend that kept German states separate during the Middle Ages. 

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