Late Medieval Period
Introduction to the Late Medieval Period
- Teacher-developed pre-test
- Map of modern-day Europe
- Overhead transparencies of modern-day European map and medieval European map
- Teacher-selected reading, worksheet, or activity
- Administer and discuss pre-test.
- Have students consider the following question:
How have countries changed, both physically and culturally, over time?
NOTE: Prompt students with ways that the United States has changed.
- Distribute a map of modern Europe for students to complete. Students should fill in countries, bodies of water, and mountain chains. Then distribute a blank map of Europe and instruct students to color the countries of France, Spain, England, and Russia.
- After students have completed the map activities, review the basic geography of Europe, using a modern-day map on the overhead. Afterward, overlay a medieval European map (or use a pull down map, if available) to show how Europe looked in the Middle Ages. Encourage students to identify the differences and similarities between the two views of Europe.
- Assign a teacher-selected reading, worksheet, or other reinforcement activity, using available teacher resources.
- Assign one of the following activities for completion during this organizing topic:
• Compare political and physical maps to determine the impact of physical geography on the formation of nation states.
• Complete a chart that displays the leaders and their accomplishments (political, economic, and military) for England, France, Spain, and Russia.
• Read and discuss a primary source on the Black Plague.
• Read Pope Urban’s speech at the start of the Crusades, and discuss the different perspectives of Christians and Muslims.