The Middle Ages gave birth to the major and leading European countries and left a deep mark on European culture. It is necessary to be aware of what everyday medieval life looked like in order to better understand the past and its importance and influence on a society today.
The aim of this learning scenario is to introduce the students with the historical period of Middle Ages, following the “Learning by Design” process, containing four stages, namely experiencing, conceptualising, analyzing and applying. In this context, after activating students interest and defining terminology, the teacher focuses on critical analysis of the topic through personal stories and short interviews and creative application in multimodal language production. This approach is based on the principles of active learning.
This learning scenario aims at stimulating students’ interest in studying the past, providing an understanding of the present and helping students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for being informed and active citizens of a native country, continent and the world.
This learning scenario has been developed during the English version of the “Europeana in your classroom: building 21st-century competences with digital cultural heritage (Rerun)” online course. The course aimed to improve teachers’ understanding of cultural heritage in order to efficiently integrate it into their lessons and practices. The courses can be accessed here.
Author: Jelena Červenjak Kmoniček
Age of students: 12-13
Subject and topic: History, Geography, Religion, Art, Social studies