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Was Life in the Medieval Town and Village Good or Bad?

 
 

This unit of study is built around the Time Machine Journey to the Middle Ages (below). The game enables students to compare and contrast various people and places in the Medieval town and village to reach a judgement on the question "Was Life Good or Bad in the Middle Ages?".

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Time Machine journey to the Middle Ages! [Interactive]
Students should start the investigation by playing this decision-making game for one lesson. They need to find the missing pieces of their time machine, which have been scattered all over the town and village (there are over 50 locations!). As they play, they should fill in the map worksheet and the teacher should, if possible, have some medieval music playing over some speakers for added effect. Offer a prize for the first person to complete the mission! As a homework, students should then convert their basic map into an artistic representation [example 1 | example 2]. There are a range of different worksheets to accompany the simulation, and you can even input your own class list so that students can star in their own adventure!

2. Life in the Medieval Town and Village: Key Words
Students then play the Time Machine Game a second time to complete this key word list. Students should be provided with a paper-based factual test based on this list in a subsequent lesson; the interactive quizzes below could be used as an alternative or as revision materials.
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KeyWord Challenge: Medieval Society [Interactive]
If you are unfamiliar with the format of the game, click here for instructions. If you wish, provide students with this blank keyword list to complete.

Other quizzes to help students revise for a factual test based on the key word list [Interactive]:
Social Life in the Middle Ages - CannonBall Fun Game
Social Life in the Middle Ages - Manic Miner Game
Social Life in the Middle Ages - Wordshoot Game

History Quiz - Manic Miner
4. Life in the Medieval Town and Village: Was it Good or Bad?
Next, students are divided into two groups. The "Good" group approach their argument by producing a tourist brochure highlighting all of the great jobs, places and people in the town and the village. The "Bad" group instead write an angry letter of complaint outlining all of the terrible people, jobs and places which they were subjected to when they visited the Middle Ages. Part-way through this lesson unit you may wish to show your students some images from the Luttrell Psalter and discuss whether each suggests life was good or bad. Encourage students to use illustrations in their assignment.
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Consolidation: A Newspaper Interview with the intrepid Time Traveller!
The unit is rounded off when each student produces a newspaper interview covering both the best and the worst parts of life in both the town and the village.

Playing the Medieval Village game at the International School of Toulouse

History weblinks for Medieval Life

1. Feudalism | sectional Societies  The Middle Ages in Europe was governed by a hierarchical system called feudalism. This system starts with peasants who work the lands of their lord, who in turn is loyal to the king. Read on to learn fascinating facts about this archaic system of government.
2. The Middle Ages: Feudal Life - Great summaries organised by theme   
3. Turning the Pages: the British Library's 3D version of the Luttrell Psalter   
4. Medieval Realms - Great pictures and summaries from the British Library, organised by theme   

 

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