Middle Ages

Teacher: Shannon Morocco, smorocco@innovationcharter.org

Class Meets: D Block (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays)

Extra help: Tuesdays 3:00-4:00 in room 206 or by appointment

Essential Questions: What were the Middle Ages?  What effects did the Middle Ages have on Europe?  How well did feudalism establish order during the period?  What were the most interesting and important advancements to occur during this era?  What can we learn about the development of the modern world from this era?


Course Description: Today, the Middle Ages are often characterized through film and literature as entertaining, heroic or romantic.  In reality, this era was all of these things while also harsh, uncertain and dangerous.  In this course, we will explore the daily life, culture and art of the Middle Ages which extended across Western Europe from approximately the fifth through the fifteenth century.  By studying social, political and economic factors, we will better understand why our lives are they way they are now.  Throughout the course, we will travel back in time to explore different aspects of life in the Middle Ages and will focus on the development of feudalism, city life, the power of the church, manors, castles while also focusing in on big picture events and how the Middle Ages in Europe had a lasting impact by exploring the rise of Islam & the Byzantine Empire, Charlemagne, the Vikings and the Crusades.  We will design our own medieval toys, craft self-sufficient manors, write journals from various perspectives and imagine the challenges of living in the medieval world.  Major projects will include reconstructing a medieval artifact, creating a Life in the Middle Ages newscast and a Middle Ages time capsule containing journals and remnants from the time period.

Resources will include Joseph Dahmus’ A History of the Middle Ages, Eileen Power’s Medieval People, Ross & McLaughlin’s The Portable Medieval Reader, Dean R. Bowman’s 20 Exciting Plays for Medieval History Classes, Ian Mortimer’s The Time Traveler’s Guide to Medieval England: A Handbook for Visitors to the Fourteenth Century and Joseph and Frances Gies’ Life in a Medieval City.  

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