Dark Ages: History and English Project



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Dark Ages: History and English Project

For this unit, you must become an expert in one specific area of the dark ages. You can choose from the topics of the church, the crusades, knights and chivalry, famous people of the time, or research lifestyles on manors and farms.


While the actual research paper will be assigned a mark toward your English class, you will be expected to turn in notes for your research, a poster, and a creative assignment for your social studies as well. While you will be given some class time to work on this project, you will also be expected to do a good portion of it at home.
Your Social Studies Project will be due June 12, 2009
The Church

Research Topics

Examine the social and spiritual aspects of a Cistercian (Trappist) monk. Write a research paper on their lifestyle.


Research how a person would join a monastery or convent. Write a research paper on what the daily life was like.
Write a research paper on the Inquisition. Criticize the events/concepts and support your ideas with examples.
Write a research paper on the architecture of the medieval period.
Research the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. Write an essay on the different levels of power that existed within this religious organization.


Creative Component

Draw a floor plan for a monastery which existed in the thirteenth century.


Construct a model of a Gothic Cathedral.
Create a scrapbook and provide explanations of a Medieval cathedral. Your project will include drawings of both interior and exterior views of the typical cathedral. Your explanation should describe the construction of a cathedral, as well as the importance of both the stained glass, and the cathedral itself to the people.

The Crusades



Research Topics

Examine methods used to siege a caste and write a research paper on how castles were attacked in the Dark Ages.


Examine methods established to defend a castle in time of attack. Write a research paper on methods used to defend a castle.
The Crusades were made up of several different kinds of people. Write a research paper about the people who went on crusades and what their motivation for participation was.
Research the Crusades and write a research paper on what the purpose for crusades were.
Write a research paper on the Children’s Crusade.
Analyze the results of the crusades and discuss the reasons for the failure of the crusades.

Creative Component

Film a tv news report where you interview a knight, a noble, and a peasant about events happening at a time. (This can be done in a group of 3)


Create an ancient map of Europe and outline the routes of the first three crusades.
Create a battle guide, which will explain how to lay siege to a castle or a city. This guide will explain how an army is to try and defeat the castle/ city. This guide will accompany a model of one of the large siege weapons.
Create a model of a castle. Be sure that the castle contains ways in which it can defend itself from attack.

Knights and Chivalry



Research Topics
Write a research paper on the importance that the discovery of gun powder had on the age of chivalry.
Write a research report on the medieval weapons and the materials used to create them.
Research the Battle of Agincourt and explain how this battle was instrumental in the ending of knights and chivalry.

Creative Component

Create an ancient scrapbook with captions to explain how specific medieval weapons were used in battle. Along with this scrapbook create a model of one of the medieval weapons.


Create a scrapbook of Medieval armour along with an explanation of how they are used in battle. You will also include how they are used in a tournament which explains how and why a tournament is conducted.

Famous People of the Time



Research Topics

Write a research paper on Joan of Arc and how her military leadership helped a nation rise against the English.


Research Saladin. Write a research paper about Saladin and his attitude towards the Crusaders.
Research Kublai Kahn and his court. Write a research paper about him and his lifestyle.


Creative Component

Create a children’s story with a plot line to teach younger children about medieval Europe.


Design an experiment that Roger Bacon might have tried.
Create a popular Magazine for the medieval times. (ex. People Magazine) Include popular people, fashion, music, social aspects etc. (you can work in pairs for this project)

Manors and Farms



Research Topics

Create a medical manual and a doctor’s guide to the Black Death/ Bubonic Plague which will include not only the symptoms, and Medieval cures, but also how it spread, and the damage done across Europe. The book will be in a Medieval manuscript format.


Write a research paper on trade and commerce in medieval times.
Examine the practice of medicine in Medieval Europe. Write a research paper on the common illnesses and remedies that medieval doctors would practice.
Research the bubonic plague. In a research paper, illustrate what devastating effects the plague had on medieval Europe.

Creative Component

Create a guidebook for survival as a peasant in medieval society as a peasant on the farm in the Lord’s manor. Include the duties, responsibilities, clothes, work, health, and beliefs which a peasant must be aware of.


Create a guidebook for survival as a Noble/Lord in Medieval society as the head of your own manor, and as the King’s vassal. Include duties, responsibilities, clothes, work, health, relationships, and ranking of the nobility which a noble must be aware of.
Create a travel guide to a typical Medieval town explaining what we would expect to see and experience including businesses, guilds (explaining the guild system), the town’s cleanliness, people that would be met on the streets, and the homes that there would be.
Film a tv news report where you interview a knight, a noble, and a peasant about events happening at a time. (This can be done in a group of 3)



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