Feudalism

Week 5: Feudalism

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View K – 5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Riz5HdoHRE  (Kids can follow along by copying the drawings in the video.  See “Activities” section below.)

View and Read 6 – 8:   All of the following:

  1.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Riz5HdoHRE
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BncxSWIBxAE
  3. http://www.ducksters.com/history/middle_ages/daily_life_in_the_middle_ages.php


Discuss:

  • The system of protection developed during the Middle Ages that divided people into various classes and responsibilities was called what? (Feudalism)
  • Who owned the largest pieces of land during the Middle Ages? (The king or kings)
  • Who did the king delegate his land to? (Nobles or lords)
  • What is the name we give for Medieval warriors? (knights)
  • What did knights do? (fight to protect people & land from invaders)
  • What did peasants do? (rented land, grew food, created weapons and tools)
  • How did each of these classes of people rely on each other? (peasants provided food, etc., in return for protection; knights provided protection in return for food & territory from nobles, nobles offered the services of their knights to the king in return for land; king provided land in return for all services of others)

Questions for Grades 6 – 8:

  • When was someone a “Lord” and when was someone a “vassal”? (Someone was a Lord if he gave land; someone was a vassal if he received land.)
  • What was a “Manor”? (the land a vassal received from his Lord)
  • What important things were located on a Manor? (look at the map of the video if you need help) (Manor house or castle, village for the peasants, church, land to farm, woods to hunt in, water supply for drinking, etc.)
  • Most people living during the Middle Ages belonged to what class of people? (the peasants)
  • What were the homes of peasants like? (small, crowded, dirty)
  • Did most peasants go to school? (No)
  • What clothes did peasants wear? (clothes made of wool, women wore long dresses, woolen stockings, and a cloak; men wore woolen stockings, breeches, & a cloak)
  • How did nobles dress? (clothes made of finer fabrics: silk, velvet, & wool)
  • What did peasants eat? (bread & stew with vegetables)
  • What did nobles eat? (bread, stew, meat, & sweet puddings)

Activities: K – 5: Using a large, blank piece of paper, draw your own area of Feudal land similar to one in the video. Divide the land into sections for nobles. Draw knights on your land to fight and peasants to work. Create a king at the top to be responsible for all that goes on in his kingdom.
6 – 8:

  1. Print & Complete the following worksheet: http://www.ducksters.com/questions/print_quiz.php?quiz=Daily%20Life%20in%20the%20Middle%20Ages (Answer Key: 1d,2a,3c,4b,5e,6b,7a, 8d,9b, 10c)
  2. Then, using the map on the “Manorialism” video for help, and/or the map on this site: http://socialstudies-vdh.wikispaces.com/ or this site: http://gossamerstrands.com/Hist100/lecture14new.htm create your own map of a medieval manor.

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Copyright July 11th, 2014 by Gwen Fredette

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