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Range of Writing

WHST.6-8.10. Write routinely over extended time frames (time for reflection and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

Unit Essential Questions

The Role of Essential Questions

Key essential questions reoccur throughout the study of history. They provoke inquiry and lead to deeper understanding of the big ideas that enable students to better comprehend how the past connects to the present. The essential questions created for Medieval Europe and the Renaissance were used to frame content goals and to inform the development of the cumulative progress indicators.



  1. What key events and trends led to the development of feudal Europe, and the High Middle Ages?

  2. How do people organize their lives in the absence of government?

  3. How is life in feudal society organized?

  4. How did the economic system of manoralism of the Middle Ages reflect the lack of strong central government?

  5. How did the struggle between emerging monarchies and feudal lords lead to economic and social change? Eg. Magna Carta

  6. To what extent did the Bubonic plague lead to changes to the political and economic systems during the Middle Ages?

  7. How have disease and epidemics affecedt the course of history?

  8. What were the factors that lead to the growth of towns and cities toward the end of the Middle Ages?

  9. What political, social, and economic forces led to the decline of feudalism and the rise of the Renaissance?

  10. How does a monastic lifestyle affect the culture of a medieval society?

  11. How did the Medici family of Florence influence the art of the renaissance?

  12. Who were the Italians who developed great works of art and literature during the renaissance?

  13. How did Martin Luther’s protest against corruption in the Catholic Church set off the Protestant Reformations?

  14. What political, biological, and economic forces led to the decline of feudalism and the rise of the Renaissance?

  15. How did the great works of literature inspire the invention of the printing press?

  16. How was the stability of medieval society shaken by starvation, disease and warfare?

  17. How was humanistic thought essential for the period known as the renaissance?

  18. What were the altering effects of secularism, individualism, and the new sense of realism during the period of new birth?




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