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Western Reserve Public Media presents The Middle Ages, a multimedia package that is keyed to grade 7 social studies and language arts standards. The package includes a teacher guide and a Web site. The Web site contains video segments, the teacher guide and games and activities. The goal of the program is to help students understand the basic concepts of this historical period, including the barbarian invasions, feudalism, the Crusades, the devastation of the plague, the causes of the Renaissance and the beginning of the Reformation. This is accomplished through hands-on and project-based activities.

The Middle Ages

The focus of this lesson plan is the Crusades.

Grade level: 6-8

Students will
• review facts about the Crusades, the Muslim sultan Saladin, and the impact of the holy wars on the Europeans;
• summarize and respond to a Christian or Muslim account from the period; and
• compare and discuss two points of view.

Lesson Plan

The Crusades and the Contributions of Islam

Author: Mike Dowling

Level: 6-7 Grade

Study Guide (PDF)
Assignments (PDF)

The Crusades and Islam. A unit study for grade 4.

Author: Serota, Laurie

Source: ERIC Education Resource Information Center

These two mini-units are designed to supplement the areas of study dictated by the Core Knowledge Sequence, a content-rich curriculum used in the educator/curriculum developer’s school. The mini-units fall in the middle of a 6-month-long study of the Middle Ages and incorporate the depth of content required to support the larger unit on the Middle Ages. The units include appropriate fourth-grade skills and interdisciplinary connections. The first mini-unit on the Crusades contains five lessons, each of which lists educational objectives for students, study procedures, and evaluation procedures. The unit contains a 21-item bibliography and a list of videos and other resources. Appended are comprehension questions, poems, and informational material. The second mini-unit, Islam, contains the same number of lessons with the same objectives and procedures. This unit contains a 20-item bibliography and a list of videos and resources. Appended are a vocabulary list, comprehension questions, a list of English words of Arabic origin, and informational materials.

The Crusades and Islam

The Crusades from Medieval European and Muslim Perspectives. A Unit of Study for Grades 7-12.

Author(s): Aghaie, Kamran Scot

Source: ERIC Education Resource Information Center

This unit of study seeks to supplement the information presented in world history textbooks about the Crusades. The Crusades were instigated by the call for “holy war” against Muslims by Pope Urban II in 1095 and spanned several centuries. The unit notes that usually the depth and breadth of coverage varies substantially, and the Crusades are usually taught as a component of medieval European history, without allowing for a more holistic approach which would include other perspectives. The unit provides students with primary documents that allow them to practice analytical skills by scrutinizing the uninterpreted texts on their own. New perspectives are offered concerning the Crusades by focusing on the experiences of both Crusaders and Muslims. Students are given an understanding of the more diverse forms of interaction between Crusaders and Muslims. The unit consists of five lessons. Teacher background materials and lesson plans with student resources are provided. Lessons vary according to the different grade levels and can be adapted to a slightly higher or lower level. The teacher background materials provide an overview of the unit and present historical information and context necessary to link the specific “dramatic moment” to the larger historical narrative. The unit’s lesson plans include a variety of ideas and approaches that can be elaborated upon or shortened, as the need arises. Concludes with an 18-item bibliography and four web-site addresses for further study.

The Crusades from Medieval European and Muslim Perspectives


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