Today I’m linking up with Comprehension Connection for Thematic Thursday! This week’s theme is historical fiction, and the time period I want to explore is the Middle Ages. This is one of the most engaging historical periods for students, who love learning about a system of daily life so different from our own.
I’ve done a full blog post previously about the best books for a Middle Ages unit study. You can find that post here. But I’ll feature three of the best ones here.
Activities and Ideas
There are so many things you can do surrounding the study of the Middle Ages. I include many ideas and interactive components in the unit. It provides a general overview of daily life in the Middle Ages in an engaging way that presents the information as a fun narrative. Students are transported back in time to the Middle Ages and produce a hands-on notebook with interactive components. They follow the diary entries of a professor, creating crafts, foldable notes, and other activities for each entry and topic.
You can check it out here if you’re interested.
- Have a medieval feast and compare the food of commoners vs. nobles.
- Divide the class into the social hierarchy of the Middle Ages for a while: have students discuss why they like or don’t like the system, and who it favours. (Example: the students who are the nobles get to decide on an activity while the commoners have no say).
- Make a stained glass window with tissue paper for a piece of fun classroom decor.
- Play some atmospheric Middle Ages music.
Challenges the ideas of the fairytale medieval woman.
Slightly less engaging, but an interesting and in-depth look at the lives of peasants in the middle ages.