An introduction to the Middle Ages Medieval Europe 590 - 1500
Why learn about the Middle Ages? The Middle Ages were a period of birth and growth of ideas, institutions and tools which have become important in our way of life. So many things that we take for granted today come from the Middle Ages – the monarchy, the Christian Church, the ceremony of marriage, parliament and universities.
Why learn about the Middle Ages? The period in history that we call the Middle Ages from about 500 CE to 1500 CE. But why? Middle of what? Do you know what the word medieval means? In Latin, Middle Ages is medium aevum, plural medii aevi. If you put these two words together you get mediaevilis which means medieval.
Where is Europe? Our world today is divided into continents. Each continent is a collection of countries surrounded by oceans. Europe includes countries such as France, England, Italy and Greece amongst others. Australia is an island continent. The distance between Adelaide to Paris is 16139 kilometres. This is 24 hour plane trip!
The two europes Europe in 526 had fewer countries with names we are not familiar with eg. Frankish Kingdom aVisigothic Kingdom Europe today has a number of distinct countries
What did the world look like then? See power point notes for more details about the known world.
Bloom’s: analysing The known worlds of the Middle Ages and that of today are very different. Modes of transport and the ways of recording information impact on our knowledge. Complete two Venn diagrams comparing the mode of transport then and that of today. Follow with another about ways of recording information. Research Skills: As a class discuss how you could find information to fill your Venn diagrams
Activity: Venn DiagramModes of transport Medieval ages Today Similarities between Middle ages and today
Activity: Venn DiagramRecording information Medieval ages Today Similarities between Middle ages and today
The beginning of the Middle Ages Read Humanities Alive #2 pgs 48-49. These pages tell us of the fall of the Roman Empire and the development of society during the Middle Ages Answer questions 1-3
Video:Welcome to Medieval Europe The following video quickly introduces us to life in medieval times What information do you find the most interesting?
Time for a little fun Source: The Horrible Histories Collection magazine 63