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Invite your young historians to discover the distinct perspectives of Muslim, European, Jewish, and Byzantine groups during the Crusades. Class members are divided into groups and are given a packet of handouts, including background information, maps, artistic depictions of major figures, and more, to review for a particular historical group. They then collaborate to develop a news segment demonstrating what they have learned about their group's unique perspective.
Lesson plans about the Crusades can provide a variety of suggestions for motivating and educational activities.
In this Middle Ages worksheet, students read a 1-page selection about the Crusades and then respond to 6 short answer questions about the selection.
Students investigate the series of religious wars known as the Crusades. In this Crusades lesson plan, students research Christian and Muslim beliefs and create posters that compare the two. Students discuss the causes of the wars as well as the outcomes.
In this geography activity, students read an excerpt about the Crusaders compromised of two of children. They use the map given to determine how far apart each army marched before reaching the Mediterranean Sea. In addition, students explain if the event seemed likely to them or not with evidence to support.
Seventh graders examine the Crusades. In this Middle East history instructional activity, 7th graders research the series of religious wars. Students compare the culture of the Europe and the Middle East before and after the wars and then compose essays regarding their research findings.
Here is a truly interactive presentation that focuses on building and understanding of the effects and failures related to the Crusades. Learners will fill in the blank, make a Venn Diagram, and answer a series of critical-thinking questions in order to prepare for the regents exam.
Students discover the importance of the Crusades to the expansion of trade. After researching the Middle Ages, they brainstorm methods of transporting goods from Asia, India, and the Middle East to Europe. They write letters to a king or queen of the time explaining why a new route to the East is needed.
Students discover the reasons the Crusades were fought. In this Crusades instructional activity, students break into groups and research what happened, who was involved and the outcome. Students create a poster with the information and present it to the class.  
Seventh graders investigate how the Crusades allowed for the spread of cultural practices, products and perspectives between Europe and the Middle East. This lesson plan contains a brainstorming activity for the pre-assessment, a graphic organizer for guided research and an essay for the post-assessment.
In this religious Crusades worksheet, students respond to 2 questions that require them to write paragraphs about the effects of the Crusades. Students also examine a map of the wars and respond to short answer questions.
Tenth graders investigate the Crusades. For this problem-based learning lesson, 10th graders research the Crusades to determine how to apply a modern-day crusade in their own lives. Students prepare PowerPoint presentations to share their findings with their classmates.
Sixth graders describe the major causes and effects of the Fourth Crusade.
Use these worksheets to kick off a great lesson on The Crusades. Eighth graders will analyze a map and four short passages to answer six reading comprehension questions.
Seventh and eighth graders will be able to better understand the causes of the Crusades with this well-scaffolded PowerPoint presentation. Slides include highlighted vocabulary, comprehension questions, and vivid images, making this an easy-to-follow resource. Reference to textual documents is made, so this is probably best used alongside a printed text.
In this Middle Ages learning exercise, students read a 1-page selection about the Crusades, examine the listed Web sites about the topic, and then respond to 13 short answer questions about the information presented.
How did The Crusades contribute to the European Renaissance, what were Roman Catholic views on the Crusades, and who was Saladin? These are the questions awaiting answers on this expository writing worksheet.
If your kids have a grasp on the basics of the Crusades they'll have no problem answering each of these short answer questions. They'll describe Eastern Orthodox Christian views of the Crusades, the role of Pope Urban II, and the impact of the Mongols. Use as a writing prompt or to check reading comprehension.
Three questions in need of well-written answers await your budding historians. They put their reading comprehension to the test when they describe how the Crusades impacted Italian city-states, why kings like Richard the Lion-Hearted participated in the Crusades, and what role Constantinople, Jerusalem, and Venice played.
Although limited as an engaging or interactive activity, this activity on The Crusades has learners responding to 3 clear and simple prompts, each of which can easily lead into deeper research. Historians outline different causes, perspectives, and participants of The Crusades. Consider using as a reading companion.

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