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Project Overview

1.  Each group of students will research a specified topic:

  1. Writing:  Illuminated letters and manuscripts, Gutenberg press
  2. Cathedrals: stained glass, Gothic architecture
  3. Castle and manor
  4. Health and medicine: bubonic plaque/black death
  5. Guilds and tradesmen
  6. Feasts: food, entertainment, decorations, roles of people
  7. Clergy, religion and church

2.  Each group will create one NoodleTools "project" and share with each other. 
       Each group needs at least 5 NoodleTools notecards (at least one per student):

  1. Read information about your topic from the links provided
  2. Generate research questions / sub -topics for your area (consider who, what, where, why, how, interesting facts, etc)
  3. Each sub-topic becomes a notecard 'subject / title'

3.   Use your information to create a visual presentation.

        Grading Rubric

  • At least 5 illustrations

  • Answer the 5 w’s and h (who, what, where, when, why, and how)

  • Quality of information/connection to present day

  • Everyone participated in creating the poster

  • Colorful /creative/neat

  • Time on task

  • Correct grammar/punctuation/spelling

4.  Display and explain your presentation.

5.  Work in small groups to make hats (coronets, hennin, jester, knight's helmet),
      coat of arms, castle & manor, painted tapestry, stained glass, illuminated letters.

6.  Participate in the Medieval Feast


    Process & Rubric


    1.  Students assigned to groups; each group given a research topic.

    2.  Students use research links in this guide to gather information about their topic and generate at least 5 research questions (sub-topics).

    3.  Each group creates one NoodleTools project; shares with all group members and submit to teacher's drop box.

           Teacher or Librarian checks each group's questions before research begins.

    4.  Students decide which question/sub-topic they will research.  Each student must use at least 2 different sources.  Paraphrase the text in your own words!

    5.  Each source needs a new citation, including images.

         Teacher will check for plagiarism and source citations.

    6. Students will use research notes to create a representation of their topic.


    Research Links


    Middle Ages



    Search terms:

    medieval, middle ages stained glass
    coat of arms, heraldry, sheilds illuminated letters, manuscripts
    guilds, trades, occupations Gutenberg press
    castle, manor, peasants, serfs nobles, royalty, clergy/church,
    medicine, health, black/bubonic plague knights

    BOOKS  (on a cart in the library)

    TCI: Chapter 3 The Role of the Church in Medieval Europe
            Chapter 4 Life in Medieval Towns


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