created December 2004
(updated May 12, 2007)
[Stage 1] RESEARCH: an understanding of how life was affected by a particular participant's viewpoints and role in the feudal system.
[Stage 2] SHARE: this understanding with your group members, presenting information about all the different classes of people on a manor in the Middle Ages. Each member of the group must be able to write a reflection paper about the entire project and should have a response to the essential question.
[Stage 3] PRESENT: a group presentation to the rest of the class. This presentation should help all of us understand "what it might have been like to live the different lives of citizens in the middle ages".
To begin the WebQuest, click on a link to find out all about the person your group assigned you to study. Once you get to the page, take notes as you explore pertinent information in the listed sources. Remember, you are exploring these pages in order to answer the essential question "What might it have been like to live their lives?". Be sure you read about and understand all aspects of the life that people had to live during that time. Learn about clothing, housing, foods, religions and any other information you are able to find. An example of something you need to know is how do religion and government affect your life? But don't stop there!
This project will be done in groups of three. Your group will be responsible for doing research. Each group member will be responsible for TWO of the topics listed below in the final presentation, but all members will contribute information, and all members will work together to create the "Timeline and Events of the Middle Ages." Use the questions below to focus your attention.
Timeline and Events of the Middle Ages
Create a detailed timeline tracing major events of the Middle Ages. Show names of rulers and famous nobles, religious leaders and events, and specific events that influenced civilization as we know it today.
All Groups... What other interesting information did you discover?
An important section of your product should address the connection between what you have discovered about Medieval life and what you know about modern Western civilization. How are the people of the Middle Ages similar to us? How are they different?
What are the Middle Ages
History link to the Middle Ages
Geography link to the Middle Ages
Feudalism (Sound File)
Feudal Structure of the Medieval World
What about the Middle Ages?
Life under Feudalism
Entertainment and Festivities
Life in the Middle Ages
All About Life
Castles and Weapons
Jousting (Sound File)
People of the Middle Ages
Who are the People of the Middle Ages?
More People of the Middle Ages
The Upper Class
Royalty and Rulers
Soldiers of the Middle Ages
Knighthood in the Middle Ages
Steps of Knighthood
Peasant Life Medieval Monks
Life of a Peasant
Women of the Middle Ages
Monks and Religion.
Music, Art & Architecture.
Science, Technology, Medicine.
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Answer the following questions about your work on this project. Your report should contain at least two paragraphs of text for each of the questions. Be sure to include in your report any other information you think your teacher should know. Use correct spelling and conventions and write the report in paragraph form
|Beginning 1||Developing 2||Accomplished 3||Exemplary 4||Score|
|PRODUCT: content||No product produced.||Information was incomplete or contained many errors.||Information was complete and accurate. All major aspects of the subject addressed.||Information is comprehensive and worthwhile without being overly long. Subject was explained in detail.|
|PRODUCT: design||No product produced.||Product was laid out in a confusing manner. Colors or images were inappropriate or garish.||Product was laid out well with appropriate colors and adequate images.||Product displays an exciting and interesting design with pleasing colors and images that contribute to understanding.|
|PRODUCT: mechanics||No product produced.||Writing was confusing or difficult to read. Text contained many errors in grammar and/or spelling.||Writing was clear and interesting with a moderate amount of errors.||Writing was easily undertandable and exciting to read. Text contained few or no errors.|
|PRESENTATION: organization||No presentation given.||Presentation was haphazard and confusing. Little or no print materials or presentation aids used.||Reasonable conclusions offered. Adequate print materials or presentation aids used.||Presentation was planned in a logica manner. Explanations and reasons given for conclusions. Print materials or presentation aids useful for others interested in the topic.|
|PRESENTATION: delivery||No presentation given.||Presentation was not rehearsed. Presenters were confused and diff-icult to understand.||Presentation was rehearsed. Presenters shared tasks and were understandable.||Presentation was well rehearsed and coherent. Presenters shared tasks equally.|
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Please answer the following questions in complete sentences.
1. Which Medieval life presentation did you find particularly interesting and why?
2. Which aspect of Medieval life was your favorite to learn about and why?
3. Which aspect of Medieval life would you like to learn more about?
4. Compare one aspect of Medieval life that is similar to life as you know it today then choose one aspect that is in total contrast (different) from our lives today. Explain why you think they are similar and different.
5. Which part of the assignment was your favorite to do and why?
6. Give two examples of extreme differences between life in the age of the Roman Empire and Medieval times and why those differences came about. Be specific.
You will receive three grades for this WebQuest:
By dividing the labor, we have been able to create a comprehensive picture of the Middle Ages and the connections to our own lives. How has this project made you understand the hardships and lives of those who lived in the Middle Ages? Did it help you to understand the development of your own society? Were you stimulated to find out more about any aspect of Medieval times? You may use the resources here to go find it on your own. You can take a virtual field trip to any place or time!
Send questions to Mrs. Lawrence
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