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Eliciting and Interpreting Individual Student Thinking

Standard:​ 4.3.5 Western Europe to 1500 – ​Explain the workings of feudalism​,
manoralism, and the growth of centralized monarchies and city-states i​ n Europe.

Learning Objective: ​Be able to explain the workings of feudalism in Europe and
why it was successful for so long.

Planned Questions:

Intro Question:
● During the Middle Ages in England, what did the social hierarchy look like?
● Who ranks at the top? The bottom? Middle?
● Do you know what a hierarchy is? (Tie to President and Government)

Follow Up Questions:
● Do you know what feudalism was? (Ask students to define it)
● Why did they need this type of protection?
● Do you think the feudal system is fair? Why or why not?
● Did any group have a choice?
● What would happen if the knights weren’t there? (Tie into today with the
● What if there was only the King and the peasants? How would society
function? How?
● Why did each group put up with this system for so long?
● Was feudalism beneficial for all of society? In what ways?
● Why do you think this might have been called a structure of government?

Closure Question:
● Overall, why do you think feudalism worked?
● Why might I call feudalism a structure of govt during the Middle Ages?