The Formation of Western Europe

(800 - 1500 A.D.)

The Formation of Western Europe

$120 for 4 weeks


Allison Bruning


We will be using "World History: Patterns of Interaction, Student Edition Survey" by Holt McDougal. ISBN: 978-0547491127. This textbook is available on Amazon.


Homework assignments are given through Classcraft. Students will have 4 - 8 assignments per week that build from simple to complex. The homework listed below is the final assignment (complex one) for that week in Classcraft. 




12 - 18  years old




Session 1: Church Reform and the Crusades


Students will identify simony, Gothic, Urabn II, Crusade, Saladin, Richard the Lion-Hearted, Reconquista and Inquisition. 

Students will evaluate the dangers and rewards anyone faced when going on a Crusade.

Students will summarize how the popes increased their power and authority. 

Students will analyze Gothic architecture in cathedrals.   

Students will examine the geographical locations of the First, Second, Third and Fourth Crusades. 

Students will identify what, if anything, had Crusaders gained at the end of the Second Crusade. 

Students will summarize the lives and historical contributions of Richard the Lion - Hearted and Saladin. 

Students will explain how the Children's Crusade illustrated the power of the Church. 

Students will examine primary and secondary sources related to the Crusades.


1) Complete Section 1 Assessment and Multimedia Activity on page 385.

2) Read pages 387 -392 in course textbook.

Session 2: Changes in Medieval Society


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify three-field system, guild, Commercial Revolution, burgher, vernacular, Thomas Aquinas and scholastics. 

Students will examine how surnames were used in Medieval Europe to identify a person's occupation.  

Students will summarize the importance of guilds to the community and their members.

Students will analyze the different levels guild members could achieve and the benefits associated with each level.

Students will summarize how guilds changed the way business was conducted and products made withing the community.

Students will explain why changes in financial services made if necessary to expand trade. 

Students will explain how the Crusades contributed to the expansion of trade and learning.

Students will summarize the historical contributions Muslim Scholars made during Medieval Europe. 


1) Complete Section 2 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 392.

2) Read pages 393 - 397 in course textbook.

Session 3: England and France Develop


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify William the Conqueror, Henry II, common law, Magna Carta, parliment, Hugh Capet, Philip II and


Students will summarize the life and historical contribution of Eleanor of Aquitaine.

Students will analyze the impact English common law had upon the United States.  

Students will summarize the importance of the Magna Carta.

Students will compare the development of England and France. 


1) Complete Section 3 Assessment and Connect to Today on page 397.

2) Read pages 370 - 373 in course textbook.

Session 4: The Hundred Years' War and the Plague


Students will review their homework.

Students will identify Avignon, Great Schism, John Wycliffe, Jan Hus, Bubonic Plague, Hundred Years' War and Joan of Arc. 

Students will summarize according to the different beliefs of the time, what was the true source of religious authority. 

Students will analyze the global impact and spread of the Bubonic Plague.

Students will identify which of the effects of the plague they believe most changed life in the medieval period and why. 

Students will infer what they believe would happen if the Bubonic Plague came to the United States and why. 

Students will analyze the development an importance of the long bow.

Students will summarize the life and historical contribution of Joan of Arc.

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