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Social Class in Medieval Society. Do Now. Turn to a partner and discuss the following questions: What is social class ? How many social classes are there in your society today?. What is a Social Class?.

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Do now
Do Now

Turn to a partner and discuss the following questions:

  • What is social class?

  • How many social classes are there in your society today?


What is a social class
What is a Social Class?

A group of people who have similar positions in a society’s economic system in terms of wealth, status, power, and access to resources


Social class in modern united states
Social Class in Modern United States

  • # of classes = arguable

  • Lower Class = 15-20%

  • Working class = 30-40%

  • Middle class = 40-50%

    • Lower middle class

    • Upper middle class

  • Upper class = 1-3%




Social class in modern united states2
Social Class in Modern United States

  • Lower Class – homeless, poverty, unemployed

  • Working class – unskilled laborers, poorly educated

    • Factory workers, craftspeople

    • Deliverymen, restaurant workers

    • Little chance to advance career

    • Blue collar workers = dangerous jobs

      • Carpenters, plumbers, electricians


Social class in the united states
Social Class in the United States

  • Middle class – two groups:

    • Lower middle – less educated people w/ lower incomes

      • Teachers, secretaries, small business owners

    • Upper middle – highly educated businesspeople, high incomes

      • Doctors, lawyers, CEOs, engineers, professors

  • Upper class – over 25% of U.S. wealth

    • Institutional leadership

    • Lower-Upper – people who earned money from business and investments

    • Upper-upper – inherited wealth



Medieval english society
Medieval English Society

  • Three “estates”

    • Estate – a political or social group that has unique powers

  • 1. Nobility

  • 2. Church

  • 3. Common people


Nobility
Nobility

  • King and royal court

    • Always worried about money

    • Tried to centralize power all the time


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Nobility

  • Other nobility

    • Knights = right below ruling class

      • 14th century: 1,000 knights in England

    • Envious of king’s powers

    • Tried to decentralize power

    • Favored war

    • Lots of land, but little money

    • Disliked royal court’s excessive lifestyle


The church
The Church

  • 13th century: 1 in 50 men were clerics

  • Archbishop of Canterbury = head of Anglican Diocese

    • Like the Pope for the Catholic Church

  • 17,500 monks and nuns

  • Increasing education for Church leaders and worshipers

  • Dishonesty

  • People wanted independence of church and state

    • Taxes were paid to the Pope = angered the kings


Common people middle class
Common People / Middle Class

  • Took care of the basic needs of society

  • Various levels

    • Upper middle class

      • Merchants, doctors

      • Made decent amount of money

        • Dishonesty

    • Peasants = poorer agricultural workers


Check in
Check-In

What similarities do you see between the division of social classes in our society today and the division of classes in Medieval England?


Activity meet the pilgrims
Activity: Meet the Pilgrims

Preparation:

  • 1. Choose 1 pilgrim card randomly.

  • 2. Stand up.

  • 3. Orange cards: move to the back right corner of the room

  • 4. Blue cards: move to the back right corner

  • 5. Yellow cards: move to desks in the front of the room


Activity meet the pilgrims1
Activity: Meet the Pilgrims

Directions:

  • 1. We will make our way around the room. When it is your turn, introduce your character.

  • 2. Tell the class least three (3) facts about your pilgrim, based on the information on the card.

  • 3. Be respectful and listen to your classmates while speaking. You may be called on at random to repeat the details of a classmate’s character.


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