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Feudalism
Author: Anna Sauer

Revision Date of Lesson Plan: 11/15/2010
Overall Goal for the Lesson:

Goal: The student will gain a clear understanding of the concept, Feudalism.

Description of classroom, grade level, and students:
11th grade world history students with an average age of 16-17 years old. Most are of average to above-average abilities but there a few students with difficulty reading and one student with a physical disability which makes it difficult to move around the class. The ideal class size is 20-25 students and is 55 minutes in length.
Student Objectives for the lesson.
Objective: The student will be able to:

  1. Given the opportunity, write a definition of the concept feudalism, correctly stating three of its main attributes.

  2. Given the opportunity, the student will be able to correctly complete seven of ten blanks on a chart based on the levels of feudalism and how allegiance was paid.

  3. Given the opportunity, the students will be able to answer questions on feudalism with an 80% accuracy.


Length of Lesson:

15 – 55 minutes can be altered to fit time constraints

Schedule of Activities:

  1. Procedure: Concept Clarification

Note: Attributes of Feudalism

Feudalism began with William I (also known as William the Conqueror) in 1066. The king granted land to barons. Barons granted land to knights. Knights granted land to peasants. Peasants provided knights with food and service when demanded. Knights provided protection and military service to barons. Barons provided money and knights to the king. In the event that a baron’s orphan remained as head of the land, the orphan would be taken under the king’s control and a marriage would be arranged. Marriage would typically go to the highest bidder because land is power. Barons would often create their own private armies or use mercenaries instead of fulfilling their military service requirements. The peasants had no rights and were not permitted to leave the manor. They had to ask their lord (baron) for permission before they could marry and were extremely poor. Feudalism did not begin its drawn out decline until around the thirteenth century.



  1. Brainstorm

Teacher will divide students into four groups: king, lord, knight, and peasant. Students will think about what their life would have been like if they were a king, lord, knight, or peasant and record their ideas.



  1. Classify

Teacher will divide feudalism into the terms: king, lord, knight, and peasant on the board. Students will use their brainstorm activity to come up with terms that are associated with the four levels of feudalism in order to help define them.

  1. Hypothesize

Students (in their groups) will be given a blank chart and be expected to fill in which social group made allegiances to whom and what they used to prove their allegiance.

  1. Synthesize

Students will present their findings (each group) to the total class to help create a correct class chart. While presenting their findings each group will list one pro and one con to being in their feudal position.
PASS Content Standards Addressed

PASS Objective: World History, Standard #9, Number 1- Describe the structure of feudal society and its social, economic, and political effects.

NCSS: Standard #6, Power, Authority, and Governance

PASS Instructional Technology Standards
Standard 1: The student will demonstrate knowledge of basic operations and concepts. And make informed choices among technology systems, resources, and services.
Assessments: How will these activities be assessed?
At the end of the class or the following class period the teacher will ask students to review the main attributes of feudalism as well as the chart (which will be adapted to Smartboard) they completed. Using their information the class will answer a series of questions on feudalism as a review and a test of their knowledge of the lesson for both the benefit of the student and the teacher.

(A blank version of this chart will be handed out in class. Villeins= peasants)

Chart courtesy of: http://www.historyonthenet.com/Medieval_Life/feudalism.htm#Knights_

Feudal System Review


  1. The feudal system was introduced into England by:

a.Tony Blair, b. Henry VIII, c. William I, or d. William II (c)

2) Under the feudal system, the king:

a. owned all of the land, b. owned some of the land, c. owned no land (a)



3) He kept one quarter of the land for himself, gave some to the church and rented the rest out to:

a. barons, b. knights, c. peasants (a)



4) In return the barons had to provide the king with:

a. military service and protection, b. money and knights, c. food and services (b)



5) The barons kept some of the land for themselves and rented the rest out to:

a. the king, b. knights, c. peasants (b)



6) In return the knights provided the barons with:

a. military service and protection, b. money and knights, c. food and services (a)

7) The knights kept some of the land for themselves and rented the rest out to:

a. the king, b. barons, c. peasants, d. other knights (c)



8) In return the peasants had to provide:

a. military service and protection, b. money and knights, c. food and services (c)



9) The richest person in the land was:

a. barons, b. knights, c. peasants, d. the king (d)



10) The poorest people in the land were:

a. barons, b. knights, c. peasants, d. the king (c)

Quiz courtesy of : http://www.historyonthenet.com/Lessons/medieval/feudalismquiz.htm
Accommodations: How might the lesson need to be adapted for students with special needs?

Students may have difficulties brainstorming depending on what level of information on feudalism they have at the time. Our discussion will change due to the amount of information the students know and it should be obvious if we need to go into deeper discussion. Class may have technical difficulties with PowerPoint/ Smart Board and overhead projector. Teacher has notes on the subject and can draw the chart on the white board if necessary. Students with exceptionalities may have difficulties with the reading, writing, hearing, or verbalizing portions of the assignment then can be given a Livescribe which can record our discussion so they can listen to it again, and it allows their notes to be copied to a computer where they can enlarge it. The class could also use Livescribe boards so that students with physical disabilities don't have to go up to the Smartboard.


Materials Needed:

White board, markers, paper, pens, PowerPoint capabilities, overhead projector, Smartboard, computer, teacher, Livescribe, the quiz, the chart in interactive Smartboard form,






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