Welcome to History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond. This document contains everything you need to teach the sample lesson “The Decline of Feudalism. We ”
invite you to use this sample lesson today to discover how the TCI Approach can make history come alive for your students.
Benefits of History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond
Student Edition: Sample Lesson 5: The Decline of Feudalism
Interactive Student Notebook
Letter from Bert Bower, TCI Founder and CEO
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H i s to ry A l i ve ! T h e M e d i e va l Wo rl d a n d Beyo n d
elcome to the second edition of History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond, which is a part of TCI’s engaging middle school social studies
series. Since the program was first released, I’ve been slipping into classrooms with my camera to catch the TCI Approach in action. Despite the great diversity of classes in which the images were taken—in urban and suburban settings, in mainstream and English Language Development classes, with honors and special education students—one similarity always strikes me: students are actively involved in history and having a great time.
Our goal in creating History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond was to engage students’ multiple intelligences, connect history to their own lives, and foster critical thinking. The result has been a movement away from traditional, teachercentered classrooms to more engaging, active social studies instruction. Improved test scores, student enthusiasm for history, and teacher renewal have followed. I encourage you to try this sample lesson from History Alive! The Medieval World
and Beyond with your students today. And I’d love one day to receive a photo of
your students in action, totally absorbed in the study of history. Welcome to the growing TCI community of inspired, active social studies teachers! Best,
TCI Founder and CEO
History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond explores the legacy of civilizations from Europe, Africa, and the Middle East to Asia and the Americas. From the decline of feudalism to the revolutions in science, exploration, and thought that are the foundations of our modern world, students will discover rich connections to the past. •
support language arts instruction in the
social studies curriculum with reading,
writing, speaking, and listening activities,
as well as Reading and Writing Toolkits.
use Enrichment Resources to help
students extend learning beyond the
lessons, including biographies, literature,
primary sources, Internet projects and
links, and essays related to medieval
incorporate Quicker Coverage and Deeper
Coverage suggestions to adjust the pace
and depth of instruction.
This newest edition includes many features
to make medieval world history come alive
he TCI program promotes historical
curiosity and empathy, as students
step back in time to visit historical
civilizations and make connections with
their current lives. For example, students
dramatize life in medieval European
towns to experience such aspects of life
such as guilds and medical treatment.
visit ancient Mayan sites to learn about
Mayan life and culture.
take a walking tour of Renaissance
Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance.
History Alive! The Medieval World and
Beyond was created by teachers, for
teachers. The program is flexible and easy
to use, providing a variety of ways to meet
diverse student needs and curriculum
configurations. Teachers can
modify instruction for English language...
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