Creating a Medieval Village
Debbie Meyer, Suring 6th Grade Teacher
Robin Dickson, Suring Jr. High Math Teacher
Cindy Ludtke, Vocal Music Teacher
[Introduction] [Task] [Process] [Resources] [Evaluation] [Conclusion]
Stately castles. Shining knights. Beautiful damsels.
Ever wonder what it would be like to live in the Middle Ages? Now you can help others just like you to experience the magic of medieval times without leaving the country. A world-renown philanthropist, who prefers to remain anonymous, wants to honor her ancestry by building an authentic medieval village in our area. This village will be open to the public for their education and enjoyment.
Your job as a team is to research and develop a model for this village, create a brochure, and present your ideas in a slide show. To begin this task, choose a role and complete your responsibilities.
Architect - research and take notes on the various types of buildings found in the village; assist with the construction of the model, presentation, and brochure.
Costume Designer - research and take notes on clothing worn by men and women of the different social classes for different occasions; assist with the construction of the model, presentation, and brochure.
Anthropologist 1 - research and take notes on the daily lives of people in different social classes, including jobs, tools, customs, and manners; assist with the construction of the model, presentation, and brochure.
Anthropologist 2 - research food and entertainment (music, games, dance, etc.) enjoyed in the village by peoples of different social classes; assist with the construction of the model, presentation, and brochure.
Daily life, music/dance, games, other links
General information on various topics
Music, farming, games, etc.
Feudal terms of England
Rooms in a castle (virtual tour)
Castle layout & construction
Glossary terms, medieval architecture & art
Footwear of the Middle Ages
Patterns for medieval clothing, hats, etc
Feast and Fasts
Links to music & art sites, sound clip
Renaissance Band, click Medieval Music
Instruments used, pictures & sounds
Medieval instruments, pictures by group
History of the medieval music period
Chants, church music, sound clip
The class system, basis for feudalism
Feudal titles, people & buildings on the manor
Agriculture and horticulture
Life in the castles
Daily life in Middle Ages, by students
Life in Middle Ages, by students
What life was REALLY like
Medieval technology, tools, innovations
Iron tools of the Middle Ages
Childhood in the Middle Ages
Children in the Middle Ages
Game called Piquet
Additional personal resources may be used.
The evaluation process will consist of teacher, peer, and self-evaluations. Theteacher rubric will assess all aspects of the activity including the model, brochure, and presentation as well as student and group performance. There will be a Rubric summary at the end of the teacher rubric. The student rubric will evaluate peer and self-performance in a cooperative group.
This project is aligned with the Wisconsin's Model AcademicStandards for Information and Technology Literacy, English and Language Arts, and Social Studies.
Many more suggestions are included in theteacher's notes.
Through the creation of your Middle Age manor you will increase your awareness of medieval culture, develop your critical thinking and process writing skills, use technology to create your final brochure and presentation, and work on your cooperative learning techniques.
Upon completion of this activity, would you consider living on a medieval manor?
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