Middle Ages Research Project
Introduction | Task | Timeline | Resources | Internet Sites | Note-taking | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion

Assigned: March 2, 2011        Due Date: March 25, 2011

 

Printable Project Guidelines

Printable Rubric

Timeline/Initial Calendar of due dates

Extra Help Info and Permission Slip

Storyboard

MLA Citations

Photostory Instructions

Research Questions & Source Citation page

Sample Notes

Creating a Four Square

Blank Four-Square

Thesis Statement notes and activity

Summarizing, Plagiarism, and Note-taking notes and activity

Annotated Bibliography notes and activity


Introduction

By Royal Proclamation of

the 7th Grade Royal Court

Hear ye! Hear ye! Loyal citizens of Jeffersonshire!

Their Majesties have hereby commanded that all students will select a topic of their choice about the Middle Ages for their research project.

Their Supreme Majesties asked that their loyal subjects select an area that they have a genuine interest in and that they will enjoy learning about. 

Their Highnesses have suggested the following topics:


ARMOR

AGRICULTURAL PROGRESS

ART WORK

BANKING

BLACK DEATH (The Plague)

CASTLES

CATHEDRALS

CHARLEMAGNE

CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS

CLOTHING

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

CRUSADES FROM THE CHRISTIAN P.O.V.

CRUSADES FROM THE MUSLIM P.O.V.

EDUCATION

FALCONRY & HUNTING

FOOD & FEASTS

GAMES

GENDER ROLES

GUILDS & MEDIEVAL JOBS

INVENTIONS

JOAN OF ARC

KING ARTHUR

KING JOHN

KINGS/ROYALTY/NOBILITY

KNIGHTS & CHIVALRY

KUBLAI KHAN

LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS

LIFE IN A MEDIEVAL VILLAGE

 MARCO POLO

MEDICINE & REMEDIES

MONKS & MONASTERIES

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT

RELIGION

SAMURAI

SERFS vs. PEASANTS

TOURNAMENTS & JOUSTING

TRANSPORTATION

WARFARE & WEAPONS

WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR

WILLIAM WALLACE

The Court is also open to ideas from their loyal subjects!

Remember that the Middle Ages lasted from about 400 A.D. (C.E.) until 1500 A.D. (C.E.). Your information should span this time period, unless it can be narrowed down more specifically (i.e.- The Crusades).

 


Lancelot

The Task

Printable Project Guidelines

 

Working in pairs, each group will select what they would like to research. Upon having your topic approved, you will write down four questions or areas of interest about your topic that you want to know more about. After doing this, each partner will take two of the questions and will begin researching your subject and gathering your information. The final project will consist of two parts:

1. A digital story video that must include the following things:

   A title slide with the topic and group membersí names

   At least four pictures per ďareaĒ (see paragraph above)

   At least 1 fact/piece of information gathered per picture

   A credit slide with MLA style correctly written bibliography (see www.easybib.com)

Each pair must record and display their information using Microsoft Photo Story, to be played in front of the class (3 to 5 minutes each).
       Donít just recite facts! Telling stories or examples to illustrate the topic is a great way to get the audience interested. The presentation of what was learned should be split equally by both participants. Be sure to create a script and practice so the information is clearly understood. Pretend you are teaching the class all about this topic- remember that they will not know what you are talking about until you explain it to them!

2. A Four Square fill-in study guide (blank version or instructions) to go along with your video to help your classmates understand the topic. Each square should be for a different ďareaĒ of your presentation, with at least 4-5 bullets of information in each


    You should be prepared to talk about what you learned- telling stories or providing examples to illustrate the topic are great ways to get the audience interested. All of the group members must divide up the presentation of what is learned equally. Make sure you practice so you can clearly tell us about your topic. Be prepared to answer questions from your classmates as well. Remember, they will not know what you are talking about until you explain it to them.

 


Eleanor of Aquitaine

Timeline

        You and your partner will have three weeks to complete this assignment. Throughout the process, we will be reviewing the guidelines and the instructions for creating both a Four Square review and a digital story. We will also cover topics such as researching, note taking, plagiarism, etc. During this time, you should both be gathering resources, information, and images on/of your topic. It is necessary that time be spent over the weekends and at home, either together or individually, to finalize your research.

       Starting on Monday, March 7th, you will be given four different days over the three weeks in the library/computer lab to work on researching, developing the storyboard, creating the Four Square, and building the Photo Story with narration. There will also be times reserved during Flex and after school when you and your partner can continue your work. SEE YOUR CALENDAR for more information!!

        While we are creating a timeline and the Photo Story aspect wonít happen until closer to the end, it is an option to work on this project at home, using the time at school for development and feedback. However, you first need to make sure you have the materials needs: a computer with Photo Story (a free Microsoft download), the digital images, and a microphone.

System Requirements for Photo Story 3

Download Microsoft Photo Story 3 for free


Eleanor of Aquitaine

Resources

        You should begin to gather information for your report from books in provided by the teachers, as well as resources from the school and public library, along with the internet. It is really important to begin collecting the images for the digital story, since you cannot narrate without them. Each partner is required to use at least:

       Students are also required to complete a bibliography, written in MLA format. If you are having difficulty finding facts, please see Lady Hoertel, Lady Papasavas, or Lady Elsey, as they are fountains of information! You can also contact the fair rulers of your Social Studies classes! The website www.easybib.com is a great resource as well!

Thesis Statement notes and activity

Annotated Bibliography notes and activity


Internet Sites

http://camelotintl.com  People and society of the Middle Ages

http://emuseum.mnsu.edu/history/middleages/  General information

http://historymedren.about.com/education/historymedren/library/blsitemap.htm Medieval History

http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0210340/  Covers dragons, knights, unicorns, music, royalty, castles, Robin Hood, medicine and more.

http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0213647/   General Information

http://members.xoom.com/MedPaige/ General Information

http://radiantworks.com/middleages/  General information

http://scholar.chem.nyu.edu/tekpages/Technology.html   General Information and technological innovation and related subjects in Western Europe during the Middle Ages

http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/castle_builder/ Castles

http://witcombe.sbc.edu/ARTHmedieval.html      Art of the Middle Ages

http://www.acsamman.edujo/%7Ems/crusades/index.html  The Crusades

 http://www.asmilan.org/eschool/middle_ages/   General Information

http://www.britainexpress.com/History/Townlife.htm  Medieval England - Daily Life in Medieval Towns

http://www.byu.edu/ipt/projects/middleages/index.html   General information

http://www.calvin.edu/academic/history/village/  Medieval villages

http://www.castles-of-britain.com/castle6.htm Castles

http://www.castlesontheweb.com/  Castles

http://www.castlewales.com/life.html  Castles

http://www.cmi-1mi.com/kingdom.html  Life in Middle Ages

 http://www.costumes.org/pages/medievalinks.htm  Costumes and clothing 

http://www.discovery.com/stories/history/blackdeath/blackdeath.html  The Black Death

http://www.execpc.com/~dboals/boals.html    Middle Ages

http://www.godecookery.com/afeast/afeast.htm Feasts

http://www.godecookery.com/godeboke/godeboke.htm  Food

http://www.hudson.edu/media/hmspath/middleages.html    Additional resources

http://www.kyrene.k12.az.us/schools/brisas/sunda/ma/mahome.htm  Life in the Middle Ages w/links to Becoming a Knight, Castle, Cathedrals and many others. 

http://www.learner.org/exhibits/middleages/  General Information

http://www.learner.org/exhibits/middleages/   links to:  Feudal Life, Religion, Home, Clothing, Health, Arts and Entertainment, Town life, and related resources.

http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/ General Information

http://www.mrdowling.com/703middleages.html  Good for: The Plague, The Crusades, Charlemagne, Feudalism, etc. 

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/features/97/castles/enter.html   Castles

http://www.palos118.org/South/curriculum/team6c/midages/   General Information

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/trebuchet/  Castles and weaponry 

http://www.personal.psu.edu/faculty/n/x/nxd10/castle/castles.htm Castles

http://www.rockyweb.ab.ca/bpeak/edge/medieval/lisi.html  Middle Ages

http://www.schoolshistory.org.uk/medievalmedicine.htm    Medicine

http://www.s-hamilton.k12.ia.us/antiqua/instrumt.html  Medieval Instruments

http://www.sirclisto.com   History Channelís 75 Middle Ages topics

 

Interactive Software

http://www.yourchildlearns.com/castle.htm

Build a medieval castle or play an online game about heraldry and medieval life!

 

http://historymedren.about.com/mpremail.htm

This What You Need to Know About in partnership with History.net connects you to Melissa Snell, guide of the Medieval times site.  Browse through the most frequently asked questions, then scroll down to click on her email to ask her your question about medieval times. 

 


Note-taking

Note-taking for this will be done using the Google Apps program entitled "Presentation". Students are to log-in using the Jefferson site ( www.google.com/a/jefftwp.org ) and use their computer names and passwords. Once a presentation doc is created, it can be shared with the student's partner(s) and teachers so that all can contribute.

Each slide of the document should represent one source, with citation information and the facts gained. Make notes regarding any pictures that have been saved to the appropriate folder in the MSCommon (T:) drive at school. Remember- pictures need to be saved as photo files, not copied and pasted into word!!

Summarizing, Plagiarism, and Note-taking notes and activity

Sample notes on William Wallace


The Process

  1. Select a partner
  2. Select a topic
  3. Narrow down to four areas of interest- research questions and thesis (see sample) (see notes)
  4. Find resources and take notes using Google Apps (see sample) (see notes)
  5. Summarize information
  6. Find and save images
  7. Organize information
  8. Create a storyboard to show progression of the project (see sample)
  9. Develop Four Square review sheet (see instructions or see blank version)
  10. Input images into Photo story
  11. Add narration and sound
  12. Develop minimal effects and timing
  13. Create final video to be presented to the class (see sample)
  14. Present your information to the class
 

Evaluation

Printable Project Rubric

EVALUATION CRITERIA FOR RESEARCH PAPERS

 

RESEARCH QUESTIONS CAREFULLY THROUGHOUT ___

USED CLASS TIME WELL ___

TOOK CAREFUL NOTES ___

GATHERED SUFFICIENT FACTS AND INFORMATION ____

PROVIDED IMAGES TO CONNECT WITH FACTS ____

ORGANIZED AND PRESENTED VISUAL INFORMATION NEATLY ____

PRESENTED TO CLASS IN AN ORGANIZED AND COHERENT WAY ____

SHOWED CREATIVITY AND CAREFUL THOUGHT ___

CORRECTLY COMPLETED BIBLIOGRAPHY ___

COMPLETED WORK ON TIME ___

PROJECT FORMAT ENHANCED RESEARCH ___

BONUS CREDIT AVAILABLE FOR EXCEPTIONAL EFFORT ___

 

Conclusion

Upon completion of your research project you will have become an "expert" on your specific Middle Ages topic. You will have learned how to select a topic, locate and use primary and secondary resources, summarize and organize your information, and publish a research project that you can be proud of!

 

Created by J. Hoertel, last updated March 7, 2011