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Specific Ways in Which These Novels and Teacher's Guide Address Your Curriculum in:
These novels and the Teacher's Guide address many specific expectations of the Revised 2004 Ontario Curriculum - Medieval Unit, such as:
- Describe Aspects of daily life for children, men and
women (e.g., food, housing, clothing, health, religion, recreation,
festivals, crafts, justice, roles);
- Describe the hierarchical structure of medieval
society and the types of people in it (e.g., peasants, officials,
scholars, clergy, merchants, artisans, royalty, nobles), and explain
how and why different groups cooperated or came into conflict at
- Describe characteristics of castles, including conflict.
- Describe some of the ways in which religions shaped
medieval society (e.g. Catholicism, events and practices:
pilgrimages, confession, festivals; occupations:
clergy, nuns, monks; buildings: monasteries, parish churches,
- Describe medieval agricultural methods and
innovations (e.g., common pasture, three-field rotation,
fertilizers, the padded horse collar, the wheeled plough, mills), and
explain why the innovations were important.
- Draw and label maps or create models to illustrate features of medieval landscapes (e.g., a village)
- Read and interpret maps relevant to the period.
- Compare aspects of life in a medieval community and
their own community (e.g., with respect to housing, social structure,
recreation, land use, geography, climate, food, dress, government)
- Make connections between social or environmental
concerns of medieval times and similar concerns today (e.g.,
pollution, the spread of disease, crime, warfare, poverty)
- Existing Grade 8 Social Studies Curriculum
- how people lived within past societies
- how various ways of life compare with contemporary lifestyle
- 8-KH-035 Describe characteristics of medieval Europe. Examples:
feudalism, social and political organization, plagues, medical
- 8-KP-052 Describe the influence of the Catholic Church in medieval Europe.
- 8-KE-057 Identify how work and education were organized in medieval Europe.
- 8-KE-058 Describe the impact of technological developments from the fifth to fifteenth centuries.
- New Grade 8 Social Studies Curriculum
- Cluster 4: Transition to the Modern World (Circa 500 to
- "life in medieval Europe"
Grad Nine Social Studies
- Topic Seven: Development of the Medieval Worldview - Feudalism
- Topic Eight: The Medieval Worldview: technological change and innovation
Grade 8 Social Studies
- Society and Culture
- compare daily life, family structures, and gender roles in a variety of
- Politics and Law
- Ask students to role-play period characters (e.g., a serf on a medieval manor
- How would your daily life be affected by laws?
- Who holds power, and how is it wielded?
- What influence would you have and how would you use it?
- Economy and Technology
- research and prepare information packages on one basic economic system of the
period 500 to 1600 (e.g., manor system, capitalism). Research should include
relationship to daily life
Grade Seven History-Social Science Content Standards
World History and Geography: Medieval and Early Modern Times
- 7.6 Students analyze the geographic, political, economic, religious, and
social structures of the civilizations of Medieval Europe.
- 3. Understand the development of feudalism, its role in the medieval European
economy, the way in which it was influenced by physical geography (the role of
the manor and the growth of towns), and how feudal relationships provided the
foundation of political order.
- 5. Magna Carta
Illinois Learning Standards - Social Science-History 16.B.3c (W)
- Identify causes and effects of European feudalism
Social Studies - World History - develops an understanding of Medieval society
Social Studies - 6.3 World History
- C. Expanding Zones of
Exchange and Interaction to 1400 CE
- 6. Explain the
medieval origins of constitutional government in England (e.g., Edward I, Magna
Carta, Model Parliament of 1295, Common Law).
- 7. Discuss the
evolution of significant political, economic, social and cultural institutions
and events that shaped European medieval society, including Catholic and
Byzantine churches, feudalism and manorialism, the Crusades, the rise of cities,
and changing technology.
These novels address several areas of the National Curriculum - (History - Key Stage 3 - Sec. 8 - Britain 1066-1500), such as:
- Characteristic features of life
- The structure of medieval society
- The influence of communities of monks and nuns
- The development of the monarchy
- The Norman Conquest
They provide answers to lesson questions from the DFES Standards Site (History at Key Stage 3 - Year 7), such as:
- Was life always hard for medieval peasants?
- How hard was life for medieval people in town and country?
- How did the medieval church affect people's lives?
- What impact did parish churches have on people's lives?
- What impact did monks and nuns have on people's everyday life?
- How did monarchs use law and order as instruments of control?
- How did medieval monarchs keep control?
- What happened when monarchs lost control?
- How did William the Conqueror secure control of England?
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