WORLD CIVILIZATIONS I-II
MEDIEVAL RESEARCH PROJECT
The purpose of this project is:
To develop basic research skills necessary to conduct in-depth research on a given topic
To be able to accurately use notecards and create a works cited page throughout
the research process
To gain an understanding of what life was like during the Middle Ages,
specifically the time period between 850-1300 A.D.
To be able to incorporate your research into a writing activity
The Middle Ages was a period of time that spanned from about 500-1500 A.D. Feudalism as a political system and manorialism as an economic system became important institutions during the 9th
century through the 13th
century. With the disappearance of a centralized form of government, a system of local government developed
, with power being held by the landowning nobility. 2-5% of the population belonged to the nobility while 95-98% of the population belonged to the peasant class. The middle class disappeared during this period of history and would not reemerge until the late middle ages.
The job of an historian is to research what happened in the past and then provide an analysis for why it happened. In that way, we can use our understanding of the past to better understand the present and plan for the future.
For this project
, you will take on the role of an historian. As a member of a team of researchers studying medieval Britain, you will be required to research one aspect of medieval life and keep a record of your research by using the notecards in Noodle Tools. All sources consulted should be listed in Noodle Bib.
Once your research has been completed, you will begin to write a journal entry, describing your experiences in the Middle Ages. Your task is to provide a fictional story around an historical backdrop. Be creative in your story-line, but be sure to accurately address the historical issues outlined in your situation. Journal entries should be detailed and provide AT LEAST the basic information on your topic. Additional credit will be given to students who go beyond the minimum requirements.
Your final project should include the following:
-A Title Page with your name, class period
, and the title of the topic you researched (for example: Tour of the Castle) (Include relevant images on your title page.)
-A typed, double-spaced journal entry using Times New Roman (font 12)
-Electronic submission of your notecards (a minimum of 10) to Ms. Gesualdi
(Note: Each notecard should contain information about ONE aspect of your research from
a single source. Each notecard will be linked to each source through the use of NoodleTools.)
-No less than 2 pages and no more than 3 pages of text in your journal entry (Visual images do not count as one of the required journal pages.)
-A Works Cited Page (MLA Advanced Format) at the end of your journal entry. A minimum of 4 print sources is required along with a minimum of 1 article from the electronic database
Daily Life Through History
. The sources for images inserted into your journal must be included on your works cited page. So, too, you must place the URL (in small font) below each image.
Each student will be required to conduct in-depth research on ONE topic from the list below
-The Castle and Family Life (Tour of the Castle)
-Peasants and Village Life (Tour of the Manor)
-Food and Feasts (Medieval Feast)
-Sports, Games, and Knighthood (The Tournament)
-Medieval Warfare (The Siege)
You will be given a description of the scenario for each of the situations listed above in class. The research prompts given for each of the situations only serve as a starting point for your research.
-Overall Format - Ability to follow directions
-Quality of notecards - use of sources and paraphrasing of research
-Historical Content - Depth and quality of informational detail on your topic
-Works Cited Page
-Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar
NOTE: This assessment will be worth 100 points. Grades for late projects will be
reduced by 10 points per day late.
ALL STUDENTS WILL BEGIN THEIR JOURNALS WITH “YOUR ARRIVAL AT THE CASTLE.”
EACH STUDENT WILL SELECT ONE SITUATION FROM THOSE LISTED BELOW TO RESEARCH FOR THEIR JOURNAL.
THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS WILL BE ADDRESSED IN THE FINAL PHASE OF THE PROJECT ONCE INDIVIDUAL JOURNALS HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED.