3 class periods of 45 minutes each
- Thinking & Reasoning
- Systems Thinking
Students will compare and contrast the rights of individuals and groups based on social class today and during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.
Essential Questions: Should your rights as a citizen be based on birth? Should these rights be based on the job you have? What should your rights be based on?
Background for Teachers
- Knowledge of the social levels of the feudal system.
- Knowledge of the social classes during the Renaissance.
- The main idea of social classes currently in the U.S.
Student Prior Knowledge
- Ability to read a diagram
- Ability to think critically
- Ability to compare and contrast
- Answer the question: What are 'rights?'
- Answer the question: What is 'social class?'
Intended Learning Outcomes
Students will discover rights of various groups of people in different time periods.
- Have students brainstorm what they think the social classes of the United States are.
- Identify the 'classes' in the Feudal System. (see attachment; feudalism flow chart)
- Identify the 'classes' during the Renaissance.
- Complete the "Who would I be in the Middle Ages..." activity.
- Class discussion. Ask the following question:
- Should rights be based on birth?
- Should rights be based on jobs?
- What should rights be based on?"
Assign each student a "title" (ex. serf, noblewoman, monk, etc.) and run the classroom on that model for an afternoon.
- Participation in the "Who would I be" activity.
- Participation in class discussion.