Knight and Day in High School

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Bringing the medieval world to life, high school students in Vanessa Whitney and Laurie Osbern’s ninth-grade social studies class recently engaged in an interactive lesson about the Middle Ages.

Students were divided into learning groups and visited different stations to study the lives of various members of medieval society. Each station included primary and secondary source documents as well as visual images. At a special additional video station, the freshmen donned headphones donated by the district’s information technology department and watched two educational videos from The History Channel that explored medieval knights and their weapons. 

“Our students enjoy working collaboratively in groups, and the opportunity to add a video station really enriched this lesson,” said Whitney.

In a culminating activity, student chose a member of medieval society and wrote creative mock diary entries as their selected personage.