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Students investigate what life was like during Middle Ages in Europe for nobles, merchants, and serfs. They examine economic and political feudal system, and explore how people lived, what conditions of their lifestyles made them particularly susceptible to disease, and what role trade played in spread of the Plague. Students then write exploratory essays.
Learners create a map that depicts trade routes in Medieval times. In this economic lesson, students discuss the concept of trade in the Middle Ages. Learners make a map of Europe and Asia where they identify medieval trade routes and discuss the commodities of the time.
Analyze the geographical, political, economic, religious, and social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Europe. Middle schoolers work with both social studies and technological skills by writing, editing, and publishing a magazine dealing with issues related to the Middle Ages in western Europe.
Students examine the conditions in France and Spain during the Middle Ages and the Discovery of America. In groups, they compare and contrast the political situations in both countries and what effect they had on the New World. To end the instructional activity, they discuss the effects of the French Revolution and how certain people can have effect on the history of the world.
Pupils are introduced to the concept of trade. They are asked: What is trade?, When did civilizations begin trading? and What kinds of goods are traded today and why? They discuss trade in the Middle Ages. Students create a map of Europe and Asia, identifying medieval trade routes.
Young scholars are introduced to the concept of cultural diffusion. In groups, they identify the culture of Mali, Nigeria and Ethiopia and work together to research how cultural diffusion has changed the country. To end the instructional activity, they share their findings with the class and view artwork from each country.
Twelfth graders investigate Ekon kon or Djola or Jola (dance), a noncompetitive, communal dance performed by the Djola people from the Sene-Gambia region of West Africa. They listen to a lecture by the teacher about the West African cultures that include this dance. The instructional activity includes many resources for the teacher as well as explicit directions for performing the dance.
What makes a good life? What makes life hard? Get your class thinking about the global picture with this extensive packet. They read quotes from around the world, analyze statistical data from every continent, then read and answer critical thinking questions related to household income and basic human needs. An economic and social break-down of the needs of five different families from around the world is included.
Middle schoolers develop a class definition of folklore. In groups, they read various folklores and discuss the loss of independence and how to survive. They answer discussion questions and compare the folklore tales to art. To end the lesson plan, they discover how past and present folklore has changed over time and compare it to the blues found in the Delta.