Medieval Civilization Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities

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Appropriate grade or age levels are included with the lesson plans.

The number of lesson plans available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all lesson resources relating to things Medieval. That would be impossible, as sites appear and disappear with astonishing rapidity.  The following provides some idea of what is available and will hopefully be a good starting point.


*While many lesson plan sites have a subscription fee or otherwise sell their lesson plans (that is an additional feature of some of the sites found here)  all lesson plans and collections of lesson plans listed here are free.


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Beowulf: Lesson Plan__ In this lesson plan, students will to  "...understand description and dialogue ... To understand point of view ... To understand views of heroism.  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From - 

Beowulf Lesson Plans__ "Below are my notes for teaching Beowulf. They are not the only way to write a lesson plan. They are one way to write a lesson plan. They are also not intended to substitute for reading the book, either for a teacher or a student. There are many basic resources available to study Beowulf."  Wow! I enjoyed going through this one.  I may sit down and go through the lesson myself.  goals, procedure, resources and more. - from - 

Chaucer's Wife of Bath __ "This lesson introduces students to one of the most admired characterizations in Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, the Wife of Bath. Students read Chaucer's description of the Wife in the "General Prologue" to consider how he represents her, both as the poet of The Canterbury Tales and as a character in his own poem, then read the "Wife of Bath's Prologue," where he has her speak for herself, to gain additional perspective on her character."  You will find goals, procedure and materials needed. - From National Endowment for the Humanities -

Days and Days of Knights: A Unit on the Middle Ages __ "You've tried an activity or two on the Middle Ages -- and your students are begging for more. This is the kind of topic cross-curricular units are made of. Don't miss your chance! Included: A teacher-created unit on the Middle Ages!" - From -  


Exploring Arthurian Legend __ "To examine the historical origins of the Arthurian legend; to investigate how medieval historians and storytellers reflected the concerns of their own times in their treatment of the legend; to gain insight into the use of literature as historical evidence."  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From National Endowment for the Humanities -

K-12 Medieval Studies __ Many resources, lesson plans, images and more for classroom use. - From -  

Lesson Plans__ A collection of lessons on topics ranging from "The Canturbury Tales" through art, food, music, weapons and more.  Goals, procedure and materials needed. - From -

Life in Medieval Times Grade 8 __ "The main goal of this unit is to introduce life in the Middle Ages and in turn have the students relate Medieval times to
their daily lives."  A PDF file.  Goals, procedure, materials - From -  

Marco Polo Takes A Trip__ "In this lesson, students will learn about the remarkable travels of Marco Polo. They will consult maps to locate Venice and follow the routes Marco took to Beijing and back. They will learn about the challenges of traveling along the Silk Road, discover some interesting facts about China under Mongol rule, and find out how Marco came to produce his famous book. Then they will work in groups to create a large mural/timeline of the life and adventures of this famous traveler."  Goals, procedures and materials needed. - From National Endowment for the Humanities -

Medieval Lesson Plan for Kids: A Homeschooling Unit Study __ "The Middles Ages, also known as medieval times, were filled with excitement, danger, and are the source of many mystical and magical fairytales. Let's take a journey back about 800 years ago and see what these days were really like."  Goals, procedure and materials. - From -  


Medieval Studies Theme__ "This "Theme Page" has links to two types of resources related to the study of medieval studies. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme." - From - 

Medieval Times __ A collection of activities, themes and lesson plans about the Middle Ages with goals, resources, procedures and materials needed. - From -

Medieval Times Teaching Activities __ Three interesting activities for the classroom and links to additional materials. - From - 

Middle Ages Lesson Plans - geographyalltheway __ A nice collection of lesson plans and study units about the middle ages with goals, procedures and materials. - From -

Middle Ages and Renaissance lesson plans for elementary school teachers__ You will find several lesson plans and activities with goals, procedures and materials needed. - From -

The Middle Ages for Teachers - Lesson Plans, Classroom Activities __ A collection of lesson plans with goals, procedure and materials. - From -

The Middle Ages :: Teacher Resources __ Here are useful resources and lesson plans for teachers planning units and activities on the middle ages and medieval life. - From -   


Not Everyone Lived in Castles During the Middle Ages __ In this lesson, students will learn about the lifestyle of the wealthy elite and then expand their view of medieval society by exploring the lives of the peasants, craftsmen, and monks. Goals procedure and materials. - From -

Online Lesson - Medieval Life - teachers lesson plan __  "Actual times taken for this activity will vary depending upon each pupil's ability. On each page there is a link back to the explanation page if pupil's need further explanation. The times given in this lesson plan are the times taken for a pupil of average ability to complete each task. "  Goals, procedure and materials. - From -

On the Road with Marco Polo __ This is actually a series of eight lesson plans as part of a 'theme' on his travels.  "In this curriculum unit, students will become Marco Polo adventurers, following his route to and from China in order to learn about the geography, local products, culture, and fascinating sites of those regions. Students will record their "journey" by creating journal entries, postcards, posters, and maps related to the sites they explore." - From National Endowment for the Humanities -

The Vikings: Sea Raiders, Land Raiders | Free Lesson Plans __ Lesson plans about the Vikings with goals, procedure and materials needed. - From - 


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