Student Sheet: The Medieval Era in World History

Instructions

You will be allocated one of fine regions of the world:

Europe

Africa

Middle East

South Asia

East Asia

1. Enquiry

Type into the Search box at the top of the screen:

World 500 CE.

In the drop-down list that appears, click on the entry for The World 500 BCE.

A map of the world at that date will appear.

Follow the in-map links through to your allocated region.

You can then follow the new maps’ in-map links to go down to country maps. These will give you more details about what’s going on in your part of the world.

Use the arrows to the left and right of the screen to go backwards and forwards through history. In this way, look at the maps dated 500 CE, 750 CE, 979 CE, 1215 CE and 1453 CE.

Using the world maps, the regional maps and the country maps for these dates as the basis for your enquiry, look at the maps and read the information accompanying them. Note down the key events and developments which are mentioned as taking place in their region. Also make a note of their causes and consequences, when given.

Also list the major trends, where mentioned:

  • in government
  • in religion
  • in society
  • in technology
  • in science or “know-how”

Finally, note what influences your region has received from the wider world, and how this region has influenced the wider world.

2. Presentation

Each group prepares and gives a presentation, so that all students in the class hear about the histories of all the regions.

This could be by way of a PowerPoint or other presentation tool, or a simple talk. Your teacher will instruct you on what is required.

The presentations should be made up of the headings and key points; but you should talk around these points, so as to link each into a rounded overview of the topic.

It is usually more interesting for audiences to hear different voices, so try to have different members of the group taking different parts of the presentation.

Students not in the presenting group should take notes on the points covered in the presentation.

Your teacher may finish the unit off with a plenary discussion about the contributions of your region to world history as a whole. While you are preparing the presentation, think about the wider context of the events and developments you are covering.