Europe in the middle ages projects

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TASK: Students will complete a project on some aspect of Europe in the Middle Ages (Medieval times—approximately 500-1500AD). Students should select a topic they are interested in, research that topic, and create a project to demonstrate what they learned about their topic.

DUE DATE: You will have 3 days in class to research and start your project. This project is due after you return from Spring Break during the week of March 20th.

TYPES OF PROJECTS: You may not write “a report” for your project. Some suggested types of projects are:

  • Poster (information + at least 5 pictures)

  • Scrapbook (pictures and captions in a book format)

  • Model (make something and write a summary about it)

  • Artifact (make something that looks like an item from the Middle Ages + written summary)

  • Diorama (make a scene showing life in Middle Ages + written summary)

  • Musical Presentation (record or perform music from the Middle Ages or musically present)

  • Write a Story (write/illustrate a creative tale to describe some aspect of Medieval life)

  • Write/Illustrate a Graphic Story about Middle Ages (comic book style)

  • News Article or News Report on an Event (written like news with pictures)

  • Powerpoint—about 10 slides-these must be completed at home, as there will not be enough computer time at school to do these in class.

  • Other: if you have a project idea that is different than those above, let your teacher know what it is and you can do it if it is approved.

TOPIC IDEAS: Below are some possible topics for projects; you are not limited to this list, but all projects should have content that is appropriate for 7th graders. If you have a topic idea that is different than those below, ask your teacher if it is OK to proceed with it.

  • Inventions

  • Health/Medicine

  • Clothing/Fashion

  • Hunting/Falconry

  • Heraldry (Coats of Arms; Banners and Flags)

  • Housing

  • Castles

  • Food

  • Famines

  • Transportation

  • Paper Making

  • Writing

  • Weaponry

  • Jousting

  • Tournaments

  • Armor

  • The Church

  • Cathedrals

  • Magna Carta

  • Medieval Law

  • Bubonic Plague

(Black Death)

  • Music

  • Entertainment

  • Architecture

  • Knights and Chivalry

  • Poetry

  • Research a famous person of this time

  • Roles of women

  • Mythical creatures

  • Vikings

  • Guilds

Sources of Information: Students will be given 2 days in class to look at library books, encyclopedias, textbooks, and computer sources. Links to sites to find info are included on Mrs. Hayter’s and Ms. Mack’s webpages on the GMMS Website under the Staff/Cores tab.

HOW PROJECTS WILL BE SCORED: All projects will be scored using the following RUBRIC:












  • Project meets all of the content criteria for a 3, plus it demonstrates advanced thinking and/or strong creativity.

  • It is apparent that the student put extra thought, effort, and time into making their project outstanding.

  • Info includes at least 10 facts about the chosen topic.

  • All info is written in the student’s own words

  • Info is understandable and clear

  • Project provides quality information about the topic chosen and is appropriate for 7th graders.

  • Info includes less than 10 but more than 5 facts about the chosen topic.

  • Info is written in student’s own words, but

  • Info is unclear and hard to understand.

  • Project information is of poor quality or some is inappropriate for a 7th grader.

  • Info includes 5 or fewer facts about the chosen topic; or

  • All or most of the info is plagiarized.


  • Info is not understandable


  • Student did not attempt to present information about the chosen topic,


  • All information is inappropriate.


(Pictures, models, dioramas, scrapbooks)



  • Project visuals/sounds are very appealing and interesting.

  • They are explained in detail using captions or a summary.

  • Project visuals/sounds are neat, clear and organized

  • Posters have at least 5 color pictures.

  • Models, dioramas or scrapbooks are well -constructed and are explained using written captions or a summary.

  • Project visuals/sounds are difficult to read, see, hear or understand.

  • Visuals are not colorful/less than 5 pictures on posters.

  • Project is disorganized.

  • Pictures, models, diorama or sounds lack written captions or summary info.

  • Project lacks visuals or sound to support the topic.



  • Project information is written clearly and neatly and is free of errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization or punctuation.

  • It is obvious that the student went to great effort to make the project neat, organized, creative and easy to understand.

  • Project information is written neatly with less than 5 errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization or punctuation.

  • Project is neat, organized, and easy to understand.

  • Project information is not written neatly

  • More than 5 errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization or punctuation.

  • Project is messy or disorganized, or hard to understand.

  • Project is full of errors in spelling, grammar, capitalization and punctuation.

  • Disorganization and lack of neatness get in the way of this project effectively communicating information.


  • Student correctly cited sources using APA format.

  • Student used 4 or more sources including both books and Internet.

  • Student correctly cited sources using APA format.

  • At least 1 book and 2 Internet sources used.

  • Student does not correctly cite sources

  • Only one type of source used.

  • Student failed to cite sources of information.

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