(This matrix was devised by Ralph Pirozzo in 1997 & updated in 2004)
UNIT OF STUDY: Medieval Europe                                         YEAR LEVEL: Year 8 History                                           Vicki French
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                                                               Bloom’s Taxonomy: Six Thinking Levels           Pre-Knowing           Knowing          Understanding           Applying            Analysing           Creating          Evaluating
         Verbal              Brainstorm          List of            Teacher models a      Examine one          Compare the        Compose a           Discuss ‘Who
                             middle ages,        important terms    descriptive recount   group in the         way of life of     descriptive         had the best life
I enjoy reading, writing     knights, castles,   and concepts.      scaffold.             medieval society     the various        recount titled ‘A   during the
& speaking                   etc                                                          –life in a castle,   members of         day in the life     medieval
                                                                                          church or town.      that group eg      of…”                period? Justify
                                                                                                               lord, knight,       (eg knight,        your opinions.
                                                                                                               serf.              serf, monk, etc     (LDC)
Logical/Mathematical                             Outline key        Diagram of the        Record the           Investigate an     Research            Assess the
                                                 groups in          feudal system.        rights and           invention or       medieval health,    effect the Black
I enjoy working with                             medieval                                 responsibilities     discovery of the   diseases and        Death had on
numbers & science                                society.                                 of each group in     medieval period    medical             Europe during
                                                                                          the feudal                              practices           Medieval times
                                                                                          system                                                      (X Chart).
    Visual/Spatial           Where is Europe?    Locate Europe      Map activity:         Make a diorama       Examine            Create an           Recommend a
                                                 on the world       students complete     of an aspect of      primary sources    advertisement       website as a
I enjoy painting,                                                                         medieval life eg,    to illustrate      for a medieval      rich source of
                                                 map and            their own maps,
drawing & visualising                            identifying        colour-coding and     castle, village,     clothing worn      tournament          relevant
                                                 important sites,   illustrating key      town, church,        during medieval    (TAP).              information
                                                 geographical       sites and features,   fair, etc            times.                                 about Medieval
                                                 features,          eg                                                                                Europe.
                                                 countries, eg

     Kinaesthetic            Mindmap leisure     Listen to a        Collage of            Model-making         Compare            Devise a            Students label
                             activities.         description of     medieval games.       activity:            medieval           medieval game       their model and
I enjoy doing hands-on                           some medieval                                                 dances with        and show how it
                                                                                          students make a                                             write a short
activities, sports & dance                       games.                                   model of an          present day        is played to your   explanation
                                                                                          artifact or other    dances             group.              which includes
                                                                                          evidence of the      (Venn                                  an explanation
                                                                                          legacy of            Diagram).                              of (i) what the
                                                                                          medieval Europe                                             model
                                                                                          eg manuscripts,                                             represents or
                                                                                          sundial,                                                    was used for (ii)
                                                                                          crossbow.                                                   what it tells us
                                                                                                                                                      about the
                                                                                                                                                      legacy of
        Musical             Brainstorm          Locate and list    Summarise the         Make a medieval    Compare and         Compose a           Assess the
                            musical             websites about     importance of         musical            contrast the two    calendar of         importance of
I enjoy making &            instruments.        medieval music     music to the people                      types of            medieval
                                                                                         instrument.                                                entertainment
listening to music                              and                of medieval                              medieval            religious feasts,   in the lives of
                                                entertainment.     Europe.                                  musicians – the     fairs and           the various
                                                                                                            minstrels and       festivals (LEAP).   social groups
                                                                                                            the troubadours                         during the
                                                                                                            (Venn Diagram)                          middle ages.

     Interpersonal          What is a           In pairs           With a partner        Carry out a        In pairs or         Groups present      Each group
                            hierarchy?          construct a        present a skit on     Webquest on        groups of 3,        their findings as   designs a short
I enjoy working with                                               an event at a         The Battle of      students
                                                pyramid of the                                                                  a Powerpoint        quiz to test the
others                                          hierarchy within   medieval fair.        Hastings.          research the        presentation.       class on what
                                                the school                                                  role and                                they have
                                                                                                            activities of men                       learned from
                                                                                                            and women in                            the
                                                                                                            each social                             presentations,
                                                                                                            class.                                  eg a cloze
                                                                                                                                                    question and
                                                                                                                                                    answer, true or
                                                                                                                                                    false, or a
                                                                                                                                                    crossword of
                                                                                                                                                    key terms.

    Intrapersonal           What is a time-     model note-        complete a note-      biographical       Compose a           Research a          Justify the
                            line?               making skills.     making activity on    recount scaffold   magazine            famous people       inclusion of
I enjoy working by                                                 a timeline to         (modelled by       feature article                         your famous
                                                                                                                                from medieval
myself                                                             identify the key      the teacher) to    (BROW).             Europe and          person on the
                                                                   features and          present their                          write a             ‘top ten’ list
                                                                   developments of       research.                              biographical        based on their
                                                                   period.                                                      recount             life,
                                                                                                                                including family,   achievements
                                                                                                                                background and      and contribution
                                                                                                                                status,             to medieval
                                                                                                                                important life      times.
                                                                                                                                events and

       Naturalist           What animals        Find animal and    Describe some         Make a medieval    Identify animals    Devise a healthy    Test and
                            and plants are      plant products     Medieval working      recipe book.       that were kept      eating plan for a   recommend a
I enjoy caring for plants   used for food       grown for food     animals.                                 as pets in          medieval serf       medieval recipe
& animals                   today?              in medieval                                                 Medieval            using products      (W Chart).
                                                times.                                                      Europe.             available during
                                                                                                                                that period and
                                                                                                                                to the serf.

Learning Outcomes: 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 4.8, 4.10
                                             This unit has been created by Vicki French
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