Middle School Social Studies / 7th Grade
Medieval Europe and the Byzantine Empire
What can the stories of Medieval Europe teach us today?
Students explore the European Middle Ages through the lens and the stories of the people and the major events of Medieval Europe. Beginning with the fall of the Roman Empire and the rise of the Catholic Church, through the Battle of Tours, the Crusades, and the plague, students develop their content knowledge through reading a variety of primary and secondary sources. Then, they take on the role of characters, debate the issues from the time, and use their knowledge of the events that shaped the history of Medieval Europe to write and perform a monologue demonstrating their deep understanding of how the Middle Ages helped shape who we are today.
Unit length: 5 weeks (22 hours)
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