[1.6] Social Hierarchy of the Feudal System

Today we are going to investigate the social hierarchy of the feudal system in medieval Europe. We have studied the fall of the Roman Empire in Western Europe and the aftermath of that event (chaos and warring kingdoms fighting for control- leading to a need for some order and security). Now we will look at how the feudal system was actually organized.




Do Now:

  1. Navigate Google Chrome to www.jacksonbbrown.com/ss
  2. Request permission for Wiki access at http://medievalworldhistory.wikispaces.com/ (You will need to sign up with your DSST email address (firstname.lastname@scienceandtech.org); create a username (firstname_lastname) and a password
  3. After 1 & 2, read page 22 “2.3 Feudalism: Establishing Order” on page 22 of the textbook. (Download) Textbook:  Chapter_2

DI: After we review the Do Now, we’re going to jump right into action to jigsaw the study of the feudal system.

GP: Students will read four different sections of our textbook to jigsaw the study of social divisions in the feudal system to learn through collaboration. Students will edit their [Section-Table Number] Wiki page OR create a paper poster to present to the class; this page or poster must include:

  1. Title
  2. Main Idea sentence
  3. 3-5 key terms (listed below)
  4. at least one image

*Student groups will present their poster to the class in two minutes or less.

Group 1 & 2 read 2.4 – Monarchs (+ divine right of kings, noble, duke, William the Conqueror)

Group 3 & 4 read 2.5 – Lords and Ladies (+manor, castle, moat, hierarchy

Group 5 & 6 read 2.6 – Knights (+armor, squire, chivalry, joust)

Group 7 & 8 read 2.7 – Peasants (+serfs, head money, tallage, merchet)

IP: Students will identify each social class on the social hierarchy pyramid above.

Instructions: On a sheet of looseleaf paper, draw the pyramid and write a definition in your own words for each social class. This is your exit ticket.

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