Class 6-1 Mrs. Joan McLean

 6th Grade
Social Studies

The Middle Ages 
This unit will introduce students to life in Europe during the Middle Ages. Students will explore the meaning of the “Middle Ages,” the geography of Europe at this time, and how land and power were divided under the system of feudalism. Students will discover how the manor system worked and what life was like for peasants and serfs. Next, students will demonstrate why the Roman Catholic Church was so important and powerful during the Middle Ages and distinguish the connection between an increase in trade and the growth of towns. After, students will identify the causes of the Crusades, what they changed in Europe, and the effects of the Crusades on life in Europe and elsewhere.