Guiding Question: 

What impact do the Middle Ages have on our 21st century civilisation?

You will be doing a project on the middle ages. In this project you will discover the different aspects of the Middle Ages. You will have listening activities, reading activities, writing activities and oral presentations. The marks for the project will be used by both English and History.

Work Folder

  1. You must write your name on the front cover of your folder along with the subject. You must also decorate your folder according to your theme.
  2. Your work plan with each aspect identified by the person who will write about this aspect.
  3. Your references and sources of information. You must submit two Research Files with a resume of the information found on the site. 
  4. You must get the Research File and the Project Plan checked by the teacher. Failure to do so could lead to points being lost.

Listening activity

You will listen to three films with questions. One of them will be about castles, one about catapults and the other about cathedrals.

Reading activity

You will go on the internet to find information about one of the following topics or any other topic you wish to look at in the middle ages.

  1. Medieval Life
  2. Medieval Clothing
  3. Medieval food and drink
  4. Medieval Art
  5. Medieval Medicine
  6. Medieval trade
  7. Religion, cathedrals and monasteries
  8. The Plague
  9. Heraldry
  10. Castle
  11. Weapons, Armour and warfare
  12. Crusades
  13. The Hundred Years War
  14. The Vikings 
  15. Medieval Explorers
    1. Vikings
    2. Marco Polo
    3. St. Brendan
  1. Medieval Heroes
    1. Scotland: William Wallace (Braveheart)
    2. Eleanor of Aquitaine
    3. France: Joan of Arc
    4. Spain: El Cid
    5. England: Richard the Lionheart
    6.   William the Conqueror & the Battle of Hastings
    7. King Arthur and the knights of the round table.

Writing activity

You may chose to do a written report, a model with written anotations, a book of medieval stories, a book of poetry, a book of songs or any other written presentation that you choose. BE ORIGINAL

  • You must pass in two copies of your work. One is the original and one is for correction since the one for correction will be marked in red ink by the teacher. The copy for correction does not have to be fancy but it must contain the identified texts for each member of the team. The bibliography must be contained in this part.
  • You must hand in the presentation you will use for your kiosks at the medeival fair and this copy must contain the same information as the one you passed in for correction.
  • The first part, the one that will be corrected, must have a regular IB title page as well as identifying which part of the get was written by each partner. Failure to do so will mean that the text is corrected and each partner will have the lowest mark of the corrected aspects.

Oral presentation

You may chose to do an oral report, an oral explanation of a model, a Power Point presentation, a play, a commercial for a middle ages product or anything else you get approuved. BE ORIGINAL!

The oral will count for your final mark. The teacher will also go around to the kiosks and check if everything is bilingual and you can answer in English to any questions asked by the visitors.

Medieval Fair

You will have to make a booth (kiosk) for the medieval fair. This booth will be about the subject that you have chosen. Make your booth as interesting as possible, after all you are a merchant at the yearly medieval fair. You must also be dressed in medieval clothing. Your booth and costume will be evaluated! All the information must be in the kingdom's two official languages and you must be able to answer all questions.


Medieval links to source

Medieval clipart

Medieval life and people

Medieval clothing

Medieval food

Medieval arts



Medieval Medicine

Medieval Trade

Religion, Cathedrals and monasteries

The Black Death



Weapons, armour and warfare

The Crusades

The Hundreds Year War

The Vikings

The Explorers

Marco Polo

The Vikings

Eleanor of Aquitaine

William Wallace

Joan of Arc

El Cid

Richard the Lion-Heart

William the Conqueror

King Arthur and the Round Table

© Denis Fortin 2011