Life in the Middle Ages Compared to Today

Life for serfs and peasants during the Middle Ages wasn't easy. Even knights, monks, and nobles faced challenges. To better understand the lives of the various classes during the time period, young historians research and then craft an essay in which they compare their lives to those of two classes of people from the Middle Ages.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Before assigning the essay, project a model of a completed Venn diagram side-by-side with a compare and contrast essay and point out how the writer incorporated the information into the essay
Classroom Considerations
  • The block format of the compare and contrast essay is used rather than the point-by-point arrangement
Pros
  • Links to related materials and videos are designed to supplement information found in the classroom textbook
  • Suggestions for differentiation and extensions are included
Cons
  • None