ENTERTAIN THE KING:
A WebQuest for 6th Grade Medieval History
Designed by EAST SHORE MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHERS:
Good Morrow! King Rampart of
Castle Woodmont is bored. He wants a play that will truly
entertain him and his wife Queen Mary. He has executed five
jesters in the past six months for failure to entertain the
court. He enjoys plays that reflect the everyday life of the
people of his kingdom. His kingdom is made up of many
interesting characters. These characters include merchants,
vassals, peasants, alchemists, knights and their ladies,
monks, priests, and a few beheaded
You and your medieval band of merry travelers must create a play that will both entertain and inform the court. This play must include details about medieval times (500AD-1300AD):
Architect- Castles and Housing
Culturalist- Professions and Feudalism
Entertainer- Food and Games and Pastimes
You and your merry travelers are
responsible for developing a play to meet the King's
2.) The group must have a typed script
with stage and scene
Medieval Housing: (Castles, huts, etc.)
A.)View several photos of castles in Britain, Scotland, and Europe. Describe the look of the castle in detail. Use this as the setting of your play.
B.)Look up the following words in the
Glossary provided by this site. Write down the
definition of these words and work three of these words into
*Also go into:
C.)Why were windows made very small with wooden shutters?
D.)How many rooms were in the common medieval home?
E.)Compare the homes of the
wealthy to those of the
B.)What role did colors of clothes play in demonstrating the wealth of the wearer?
C.)What sort of hat would various people wear in medieval times?
D.)How did peasant male clothing differ from peasant female clothing?
E.)Describe medieval jewelry.
Also go into:
F.) Describe the clothing of a young medieval boy and a young medieval girl.
G.) How does clothing reflect the
social status of the
B.)About what date did the practice of feudalism begin?
C.)Define the word vassal and scutage (this can be found in the Common terms section)
D.)Explain the oath of fealty.
Use at least two of
these words and/or concepts in your
B.)Define the following terms in your
own words, guild, chamberlain, cottars and almoners
(the word alms means charity
Medieval games and pastimes
A.) Describe a medieval card
game, board game and an active
A.) Identify several medieval foods,
including at least two
C.) Compare and contrast an
Italian wedding feast and a British wedding
Congratulations!!! you have successfully completed your quest. Your play has entertained King Rampart and his court, saving your head for another day! During the development of your performance, you have learned about the life and times of the medieval people. What about this time period did you enjoy? Would you ever want to go back in time and visit? In what ways is your life in today's world easier and better?
For more information about this topic, visit your local library. Also, you may need to use printed materials from the library to finish this quest, in particular if any of the sites are no longer accessible.
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