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Castle Builder

You are a Medieval Castle Builder living in Wales in the year 1076. You are hired by the Norman Baron William de Clare to build him a fantastic castle in Aberystwyth, Wales. Use the steps below to learn all the necessary information to build your castle.



1. Fill in the population information

Serfs




Soldiers




Household staff




Family members




2. Click on the link to view the map then in the space below describe the area where you will be building your castle.

3. Daily Life: Click on the link in “Step 1”, and read all the information about daily life in a castle. Use that information to answer the questions below.

1. What is the importance of a "Great Hall" in a castle?

2. What did a typical hall look like? Flooring? Lighting?

3. Describe how heating was accomplished in the Medieval halls.

4. Describe the kitchens usually found in Medieval castles.

5. Explain how the main bedrooms and guest rooms were laid out in the castle.

6. What were squints used for?

7. Did castles have water accessible on all floors? Explain.

8. Where was the chapel located in early castles?

9. How are guests seated when they come for dinner?

10. List four things you learned about knights.

11. Use this space to write down any other information about daily life in a castle you think may be important to build your castle.



4. Using the link in “Step 2” define the key terms below. These are all things that the Baron wants in his castle!

  1. Wicket

  2. allure

  3. turret

  4. arch

  5. rampart

  6. aumbry

  7. postern gate

  8. bailey

  9. paraphet

  10. barbican

  11. parados

  12. battlement

  13. outer ward

  14. buttery

  15. outer curtain

  16. buttress

  17. murder holes

  18. crosswall

  19. moat

  20. donjon or keep

  21. Hall

  22. dormer

  23. great chamber

  24. drawbridge

  25. gate house

  26. dungeon

  27. garderobe

  28. gallery



5. Using the two links in “step 3” gather information on different types of castles and what makes castles strong as well as ways to protect a castle. Take any notes you think may help in the space below.

6. Using all the information you gathered you will design your castle. You may use poster paper to draw what your castle would look like, please make sure you label all the required parts to your castle. Be sure it is large enough to accommodate all of the castle inhabitants, including the serfs, in case of a siege and make sure you include all gardens and food storage facilities that you will need. Remember food capacity is crucial to survive in case the castle is under siege. Some sieges lasted for over a year in Medieval times! If you decide to build your castle, please make sure you include a written explanation of the parts of your castle. Below is the rubric I will use to grade your project.

CATEGORY

4

3

2

1

Use of Class Time

Used time well during each class period. Focused on getting the project done. Never distracted others.

Used time well during each class period. Usually focused on getting the project done and never distracted others.

Used some of the time well during each class period. There was some focus on getting the project done but occasionally distracted others.

Did not use class time to focus on the project OR often distracted others.

Graphics -Clarity

Graphics are all in focus and the content easily viewed and identified from 6 ft. away.

Most graphics are in focus and the content easily viewed and identified from 6 ft. away.

Most graphics are in focus and the content is easily viewed and identified from 4 ft. away.

Many graphics are not clear or are too small.

Labels

All items of importance on the poster are clearly labeled with labels that can be read from at least 3 ft. away.

Almost all items of importance on the poster are clearly labeled with labels that can be read from at least 3 ft. away.

Several items of importance on the poster are clearly labeled with labels that can be read from at least 3 ft. away.

Labels are too small to view OR no important items were labeled.

Required Elements

The poster includes all required elements as well as additional information.

All required elements are included on the poster.

All but 1 of the required elements are included on the poster.

Several required elements were missing.

Content - Accuracy

At least 7 accurate facts are displayed on the poster.

5-6 accurate facts are displayed on the poster.

3-4 accurate facts are displayed on the poster.

Less than 3 accurate facts are displayed on the poster.

Attractiveness

The poster is exceptionally attractive in terms of design, layout, and neatness.

The poster is attractive in terms of design, layout and neatness.

The poster is acceptably attractive though it may be a bit messy.

The poster is distractingly messy or very poorly designed. It is not attractive.

Grammar

There are no grammatical mistakes on the poster.

There is 1 grammatical mistake on the poster.

There are 2 grammatical mistakes on the poster.

There are more than 2 grammatical mistakes on the poster.


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