Medieval Day celebrated at Rockland middle school
Rockland — Rachel Campbell's seventh-grade social studies class has been exploring, researching and studying the changing society and values of the medieval times.
On April 18, the class held a Medieval Day at Rockland District Middle School by portraying the role of a particular person they had learned about during the course of the unit.
"They spent time making connections between pivotal events during that time period, and changes in society," said Campbell.
Students learned about the Black Plague, The Crusades, War of the Roses, the fall of the church and the rise of the kings. Campbell said they also spent time comparing and contrasting the Middle Ages with today's culture.
The students were assigned a medieval design project where they had to draw up blue prints or floor plans for a castle, cathedral or manor, then build it.
"My students really excelled and made fabulous projects," said Campbell.
The three groups of people — nobility, clergy, and commoners — reenacted social roles and lifestyles to demonstrate their understanding of the medieval era. Each student learned about a person's life and culture with the end product being a costume they created to represent their medieval role.
"I was completely blown away with how much the students enjoyed this unit, and how much effort they put into it," said Campbell.
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