creation of the crusader kingdoms lesson plan

Creation of the Crusader Kingdoms

The creation of the Crusader Kingdoms was a significant event in the history of the Middle East and Europe. This lesson plan focuses on the key players, cities and events that led to the creation of these kingdoms, as well as the challenges faced by those living in the Outremer (the lands occupied by the Crusaders).

The Crusader Kingdoms were created in the late 11th and early 12th centuries due to the First Crusade. Four main cities were established as Crusader states: Edessa, Antioch, Tripoli and Jerusalem. Key figures in the creation of these kingdoms include Baldwin of Boulogne, Bohemond of Taranto, Godfrey of Bouillon and Raymond IV.

In this lesson, students will learn about these leaders’ motivations, goals, and experiences as they sought to establish and maintain control over the Outremer. They will also learn about the relationship between Jews, Christians, and Muslims in the Crusader Kingdoms and the issues that arose due to this multi-faith society.

To engage students and foster critical thinking, a mini-research task will be included where students will be assigned a specific Crusader leader and will be tasked with finding out more about them. This will include source analysis, as students must evaluate and interpret historical texts and images to better understand the subject.

A written task will also be included, where students will have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the creation of the Crusader Kingdoms and the challenges faced by those living in the Outremer. This task may take the form of a journal entry or letter, where students will write from the perspective of a person living in one of the Crusader cities.

By the end of this lesson, students will have a deeper understanding of the events that led to the creation of the Crusader Kingdoms, the key players involved, and the challenges faced by those living in the Outremer. Through the research task and written task, students will also have developed their critical thinking and source analysis skills.

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Resource Information

Description:Student activities include a mini-research task, source analysis, critical thinking and a written task.
Estimated lessons:2.
Ages11-14 years.
Format PowerPoint.

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