Subject: Social Studies
Lesson Length: 40 - 45 mins
Topic: Middle Ages and Feudalism
Brief Description: Students will understand why Feudalism was developed and the social hierarchy that resulted from this political landscape.
Know Before You Start:
Students should have knowledge of the fall of the Roman Empire and the chaos and violence that ensued throughout Western Europe as different groups were fighting for power.
Helpful Vocabulary e.g., Serf, Vassal, Lord, Feudalism, Social Hierarchy, Fief.
Ask students what would happen if the United States lost its power and there was no one to lead. The discussion should flow towards what was happening in Western Europe after the Fall of Rome.
Read and discuss the sample comic.
Discuss social hierarchies and talk about whether the U.S. has one or if they feel that one would develop through chaos from a lack of leadership.
Activity: Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a two-to-four-panel comic describing the system of feudalism. Have them include:
- Why feudalism was established.
- How the system works.
- Describe the social hierarchy.
- Who benefited and who did not benefit.
Print or digitally post student comics for the whole class to view.
Provide students with a graphic organizer (a flow chart works well for this). As students apply what they learned and view their peers’ comics, they can fill in the graphic organizer to ensure understanding of how feudalism worked.
Students can work independently, in groups, or with a partner.
Allow students to use speech-to-text feature as needed.
Provide a printout of the sample comic for student reference.