Teacher Resources

Feudalism Podcast

Feudalism Screencast From Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High School


A quality 5 minute summary of medevial society for teachers to use to review or increase their knowledge.  The inclusion of charts and diagrams on screen may make it useful for students as well, although the pace of the presentation may not maintain student interest.

Websites for Teachers








Website: Nova Online Secrets of Lost Empires: Medevial Siege

URL: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lostempires/trebuchet/castle.html

Professor Richard Holmes, a British military historian featured in the NOVA film "Medieval Siege," talks here about everyday life in a medieval English castle, giving a sense of how lords and ladies, archers and engineers, cooks and carpenters lived their lives behind castle walls.  A strength of this website is very detailed information concerning life in castles, along with links to resources and activities that could be used as part of lessons.


Castle Builder Project Link










Website:Castle Builder

URL: http://score.rims.k12.ca.us/activity/castle_builder/#tnotes

The purpose of this lesson created by Linda M. Ricchiuti is to enable students to gain insight into the daily life of the a Medieval Welsh society. Students will also gain a deep understanding of how the Medieval castle played an integral part in the daily lives of the various classes of Medieval people. This lesson will help the students gain a superficial understanding of Monarchy, Feudalism, and serfdom. A throrough resource for teachers to use as is, or to adapt for their particular unit.





Website: Exhibits Collection -- The Middle Ages

URL: http://www.learner.org/interactives/middleages/

This site is designed as a learning resource for high school or adult learners, so it is most useful as a resource for teachers.  The site is well organized, with each topically area possessing a primary page with an overview that has links at the bottom of the page to more in depth materials on secondary pages.  It may be a useful source of information for middle school students, however many may require assistance to effectively utilize the site.









Website: Castle Learning Center

URL:  http://www.castles-of-britain.com/castlelearningcenter.htm

A site with lots of information about castles and their various components.  Most useful for teachers, however because the site is not well designed graphically, it is a wealth of written descriptions that lacks the visual appeal many students are drawn to.











Website: Middle Ages Religion

URL:   http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/middle-ages-religion.htm

This site is a great source of information about key religious issues of the Middle Ages.  Due to the vocabulary it is most useful for a teacher, because middle school students may struggle with some of the terminology.

Audiovisual Resources For Teachers

The High Middle Ages (CD Sound Recording)

Phillip Daileader

Teaching Co. c2001

ISBN: 156585392X

Call Number 909.07 DAI

Twenty four lectures delivered by Professor Philip Daileader, The College of William and Mary.  This course of twenty-four lectures examines the period know as the High Middle Ages (1000-1300). The first eight lectures cover medieval society. Lectures nine through sixteen examine the intellectual and religious history of Europe during this period. The final eight lectures cover the major political developments and events.







The Era of The Crusades (videodisc)

Kenneth W. Harl

Teaching Co. c2003

ISBN: 1565858336

Call Number DVD909.07 ERA

From the cultural and political events leading to the launch of the Crusades, to the actual battles and campaigns themselves, professor Harl follows a logical sequence to help understand the whole history and be able to put events in context.



The Dark Ages (The History Channel Presents...)

New Video c2007


Call Number: 940.1 DAR

By the fifth century, once-powerful Rome was rotten to the core, open to barbarian warriors who came in wave after wave of invasion: slaughtering, stealing, and ultimately settling. As chaos replaced culture, Europe was beset by famine, plague, persecutions, and a persistent state of war. This program documents this desolate period of history and profiles those who battled to shape the turbulent millennium known as the Dark Ages.





Knights and Armor (DVD recording)

History Channel, Distributed by New Video c2004

ISBN: 0767052102

Call Number: 940.1

See the courts crusades and warfare of the Middle Ages come alive and visit the world famous Graz Collection of Arms and Armor in Austria. 100 minute video







The Western Tradition

Produced by WGBH Boston c 1989

ISBN: 1-55946-006-7


A video instructional series on Western civilization for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 52 half-hour video programs and coordinated books

Covering the ancient world through the age of technology, this illustrated lecture by Eugen Weber presents a tapestry of political and social events woven with many strands — religion, industry, agriculture, demography, government, economics, and art. A visual feast of over 2,700 images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art portrays key events that shaped the development of Western thought, culture, and tradition. This series is also valuable for teachers seeking to review the subject matter.


Plum City Public Library/MORE Online Library System

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Google Books Search Engine

The coverpage of Owls, by Gail Gibbon, copyrighted 2005, is the image to the right.  The books artwork and sections of text are one example of the resources available through the google books search engine.  Many of the books offer free access to part of the book, a few offer access to the entire books, while others only have links to where the book may be purchased.