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You will journey through the three stages of this WebQuest in the
coming weeks. Be prepared to work hard individually and with your
teammates. Use your skills of comprehension, analysis, synthesis and
creativity to learn about European society during the Middle Ages while
comparing it to our society today.
Stage 1: Reading & Research
Reading: Start reading K.M. Grant’s Blood Red Horse.
Mind Map Creation for Research Note Taking: Each team member creates a Mindmeister
mind map using the title “8hums-yourname-Medieval”. Share the mind map
with your teacher. Your teacher will demonstrate how to add "nodes" to
your mind map for each category of questions listed below where you
will add the questions and then use the "note" tool to record your
As you do your research at times in the classrooms and in the library,
your teacher also be using class time to present lessons to supplement
the reading from your textbook. The following are some of the lessons
to be provided.
You will use the Resources section below to access information for your
research to answer the questions below. Remember to record your
findings in your own words in your Mindmeister mind map while also
writing down the source with the proper citation format. Some questions
overlap categories so work to answer all aspects of each question. And
remember to add your own questions and answers to your mind maps.
-Social and Economic-
What were the different classes living in and around the manors?
What was the manor? Describe what life in general was like in the manor.
There were many jobs/crafts for artisans in the towns. Make a list and description for as many of their jobs as you can find.
What was the role of women in society? How did their rights compare to those of men?
What form of government did castles tend to uphold? How?
What were the various forms of government?
What were some of the various laws that people lived by?
What did the government provide for the people? Go into great detail.
What did the government not provide for the people? Go into great detail.
What was the main religion in Europe during this time?
What was the role of the Church in people’s lives?
What were the Crusades mainly about? Go into detail to describe each one.
What did the Crusades say about the power of the Catholic Church in peoples’ lives?
What were some examples of art and music from this time?
Were the Middle Ages really that dark in that there were few cultural, technological, and other advances? Take a position and write a short essay to support your argument. This will be a blog post assigned by your teacher.
-Technology & Science-
What were some technological advances during this time? Look at architecture, warfare, medicine, etc.
Why were such massive churches know as cathedrals built?
What were examples of medical practices? How effective were they?
What was the Black Death? What caused it? What were the effects? What lessons can we learn to help us with pandemics today?
What are some ways our modern weapons were developed from the examples you offer?
Vocabulary: Add the following words to your mind map and fully define them.?
Hundred Years’ War
Pope Urban II
Artisans/Specialists- baker, goldsmith, furrier, mason, merchant, etc.
Stage 2: Evidence of Learning (Assessment)
Research Check In:
Once everyone completes his/her research, you will work with a partner
to prepare to teach a lesson of your answers to some of the research
questions. You will draw from a hat a set of question numbers (e.g.,
1-5, 6-10, etc.) that you and your partner will design your lesson
around. Your classmates will be taking notes to improve their answers
for the questions each partnership presents.
Essential Questions Podcast:
The team leader is to create one mind map in Mindmeister entitled
“8hums-EQs-team name” and share it with the other team members and your
teacher. Review your research and talk to each other about the
essential questions. You are to add your ideas and possible answers to
the essential questions listed below using your newly created map.
-What do governments do? What does government provide that we cannot do ourselves? -Why live together? -What holds us together?
Once your team feels the mind map has enough information, you are
to finalize your answers and reactions to the essential questions. The
team then plans out how the format and structure of what will be
discussed in the podcast. You are to then record the discussion where
you talk with each other about your team and potentially individual
answers (you don’t have to agree on your answers).
You are to include the following in your podcast:
Intro music that is appropriate for the purpose of the podcast
Clear introduction of your team name and members
Clear statement of each essential question before you start answering it
Full discussion and answer for each question with supportive details and examples
Each team member is to participate equally in the recorded discussion
Sign off to bring closure to the podcast
Closing appropriate music
Use the Essential Questions Rubric to guide your effort.
You will use your new knowledge to portray your Medieval character/role
in several simulations. Your teacher will be sharing specific events
and problems for the class to work with in playing your respective
characters. The teams now will now be seen as “kingdoms or queendoms”
in competition with one another. Your teacher will roll out these
simulations in the course of this unit/WebQuest.
Podcast of Your Character Role Play: Students must work with a partner from a different class of society for this project. You and your partner are to use Google Docs
to write a script for your podcast drawing on the comic strip you
created in simulation 2 while expanding it to answer the questions
listed below in your recorded conversation. Create a Google Doc with
your partner and name it “8hums-your names-podcast”. Share it with your
teacher and team members to peer edit it. You will use Garageband to
record a podcast to fully describe what your position in the Middle
Ages was like and how you related to other people in society. Describe
all aspects of your life including clothing, your daily diet, your job,
your home life, etc. Remember that you will work with a partner who is playing a character of a different class.
In addition, work to answer the following questions: ?
What did the government provide and not provide for you? In other words, define the role of the government in your life.
Why did people in your society live together? What did they offer one another?
What was my role in society? What did I contribute to the fellow members of my society?
How were your two characters connected to each other in Medieval society?
Use the Character Role Play Podcast Rubric to guide your effort.
Stage 3: Application of Learning
Our Society Video:
You will partner with a classmate to create a video that communicates
your understanding of modern society and its structure here in our
city. By drawing on your understanding of the systems in place in
Medieval cities and manors, you will be able to apply your learning to
the modern day. Start by creating a Google Document entitled
“8hums-OurSociety-your names” where you record your questions and ideas
about the relationships and structure of our society. Share it between
the two of you and your teacher. You will interview a variety of adult
citizens (family members, people on the street, shopkeepers, city
employees, etc.) using the questions you create to learn about their
roles (job, community involvement, religion, leisure/hobbies, etc.) and
relationships that provide the structure for us to live together in our
Some potential questions are:
-Who do they depend upon outside of their families? -What services do they provide other members of our society?
You will take photographs (with their permission) and potentially
draw images of individuals and/or scenes that depict the social,
economic or governmental structures of our community. Using your notes
from your interviews, you will provide narration for the images in your
The video will also include opening and closing scene titles along
with music that you create. Use a section of your Mindmeister research
mind map to storyboard the scenes as you plan your video as well as to
write the script for each image by using the Note tool.
Use the Video Slideshow Rubric to guide your effort.