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Medieval Day celebrated at Rockland middle school

By Beth A. Birmingham | Apr 23, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Nuns, monks and the Pope were represented during Medieval Day at Rockland District Middle School April 18. Wesley Dunkle played the role of the Pope, while classmates Mara Carpenter, Hope Butler and Brooke Post portray nuns, and Ben Ripley dressed as a monk.

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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Rockland District Middle School seventh-grader Bennett Penney used grained spray paint, cardboard and many other materials to make his Bareathion Castle to go along with a unit on medieval times. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Queen Mckaylee Morris and King Alex Mahar are protected by Knights Sam Ward and Avery Butler during Medieval Day April 18 at Rockland District Middle School. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Peasants and blacksmiths are represented at Medieval Day April 18 at Rockland District Middle School. Portraying their roles from their social studies unit are, front from left, Luca Siletti, Abe LeMole, Bennett Penney, and Dustin Cote; and back, Drew Simmons, Kaycee Foster, Mattie Hooper, and Makaila Hickey. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Showing off her marshmallow castle creation is Countess Bea Weinand. She joined classmates April 18 for Medieval Day, culminating their social studies unit on medieval times. (Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham)
Comments (2)
Posted by: Jody-Ann McKee | Apr 23, 2014 12:46

Congratulations, it is so nice that , students like the challenge of creativity, while learning.

Jody McKee



Posted by: Helen Plourd | Apr 23, 2014 06:59

Congratulations, students and teacher! Reminds me of students being creative years ago. This is an example of learning that should not be nixed for expensive and constant testing. So proud of you and your teacher. Helen Plourd, retired teacher.

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