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Medieval Period

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Medieval Period
Pixton Lesson Plan on Medieval Period

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Medieval Period

Step 1Class discussion with students

During Feudal times, the Catholic church played a huge role in the way society ran. Clergy were the leaders of the church who were given numerous privileges that made them only accountable to God. Clergy were outside the authority of the court, collected a mandatory tithe from landowners and peasants, and were seen as a personification of religion itself. Members of the clergy also had a role in state affairs due to their spiritual influence and education. Much of their power came from their ability to read and write, which took many years of study. One of the main roles for clergy was to spread the word of God to the community.

The church did many good things for people during medieval times such as build universities, hospitals, and social institutions. Many of the scientific explanations of how the world works were condemned by the church and many of these teachings were banned. Discuss with your class the influence that the church has on society today, with a focus on politics and education.

Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic
    Feudalism

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  • Make a Comic
    The Black Death

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  • Make a Comic
    Modern Economy

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  • Extension / Modification
    Timeline (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Timeline following the rise and achievements of the Byzantine Empire.

  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Poster advertising the condemnation of the church in the middle ages.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Students will design a medieval coat of arms that represents the beliefs of their kingdom. Students will brainstorm a variety of symbolic images that they will include. A short written reflection as to why those images were chosen should be included. Provide the students with a shield as a template or allow them to start from scratch.

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Pixton Activity: Medieval Period 1 Feudalism

Instructions

Design a Storyboard illustrating the life of the three different feudal classes during the Medieval Period.

Your storyboard should include:

  • Peasants
  • Nobles / knights
  • Clergy

Make sure to discuss the privileges associated with each level, the idea of private property, and activities each feudal class would partake in.

Each panel should include:

  • An appropriate illustration
  • A detailed explanation

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Feudalism

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total
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Pixton Activity: Medieval Period 2 The Black Death

Intro

The Black Death / bubonic plague arrived in Europe in 1347 when twelve trading ships docked in a Sicilian port after a trip across the Black Sea. Upon their arrival, the Sicilians noticed that most of the sailors were dead and the remaining were very ill. The trading ships were hastily sent back to sea, but it was too late. Several dozen flea infested rats had already made their way into town, spreading the plague to the residents of Messina. This was the start of one of the deadliest decades in human history.

Instructions

Construct a T-Chart comparing the economic and social effects that occurred from the spread of The Black Death in Europe.

Make sure to include relevant historical facts, including the plague's impact on religion.

Each panel should include:

  • An appropriate graphic
  • A detailed description

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: The Black Death

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total

Example Storyboard

The Black Death by Student
Economic Impact: Higher WagesThe demand for workers on the farm and in factories increased as the population decreased. Workers could move to new factories to find jobs with better wages. Increased wages allowed for the middle class to have a better diet as they could afford better and more food. Economic Impact: InnovationThe Black Death increased productivity through a number of innovations and labor-saving technologies. Innovations in farming such as animal husbandry replaced older methods such as grain feeding which was very labor-intensive. Economic Impact: Cheap LandDue to a significant number of people dying in Europe due to the Black Death, a third of the property in England was not being used during the mid 14th century. The plague brought about an end to serfdom which freed peasants from the land they were tied to. Social Impact: PersecutionsReligious fervor and fanaticism was a main result of the Black Death. Groups such as the Jews, friars, foreigners, beggars, pilgrims, lepers, and gypsies were killed to appease the gods. Some believed that they were being poisoned by these different groups. Social Impact: ReligionA large number of the Catholic clergy believed that humanity was being punished for its wrongdoings. Over half the priests of the church died because they were exposed to the plague when giving final rights to those who were dying. Many people practiced self-flogging to punish themselves for their sins. Social Impact: CultureThe plague had a long lasting impact on art and literature. The general mood of Europe was morbid, pessimistic, and gloomy during this time. Many artists chose to depict the image of death with graphic portrayals of people dying.

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Pixton Activity: Medieval Period 3 Modern Economy

Instructions

Create a Mind Map discussing how feudalism led to the the initial emergence of a modern economy, including:

  • The growth of banking
  • Technological and agricultural improvements
  • Commerce
  • Towns
  • A merchant class

Each example should focus on specific feudal economic practice and how it has contributed to a modern economy.

Each panel should include:

  • An appropriate title
  • An illustration
  • A detailed description

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Modern Economy

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Understanding of Concepts • explains with extensive detail
• numerous connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions are comprehensive
• explains with detail
• considerable connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have purpose
• explains with sufficient detail
• several connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have basic purpose
• explains with limited detail
• limited connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have little purpose
• explains with no detail
• very few connections made between concept and activity
• illustrations and descriptions have no purpose
Inquiry/Research Skills • Extensive use of details; support from a wide variety of sources
• Facts are accurate and complete
• Source are accurately listed
• Considerable use of details; support from several sources
• Facts are accurate
• Sources are accurately listed
• Includes several relevant details; basic use of sources
• Facts are consistent
• Sources listed
• Some relevant details included; sources are limited
• Facts contain some inaccuracies
• No sources listed
• Very few relevant use of details
• Facts are inaccurate or false
• No sources listed
Communication • excellent communication of ideas
• statements are dynamic with extensive development
• descriptions are purposeful and well organized
• effective communication of ideas
• statements are powerful with appropriate development
• descriptions are concise and organized
• sufficient communication of ideas
• statements are consistent with increasing development
• descriptions are basic and organized
• poor communication of ideas
• statements are general with some development
• descriptions are limited and unorganized
• inadequate communication of ideas
• statement are general with little development
• descriptions are incomplete and unorganized
Style • correct sentence structure, grammar, spelling and punctuation; may include some errors in complex structures
• panels are highly organized with exceptional use of supporting details
• few errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors do not interfere with meaning
• panels have excellent organization with effective use of supporting details
• occasional errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors rarely interfere with meaning
• panels have basic organization and supporting details
• several errors in sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar; errors may make parts hard to follow
• panels have limited organization and supporting details
• repeated errors in basic sentence structure, spelling, punctuation, or grammar often make the writing hard to understand
• panels are unorganized and lack supporting details
Total

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