Life in Medieval Times Mini-Lesson

Use this slideshow to give students a big picture overview of some of the different roles people held in medieval society. In this mini-lesson, students will learn how different people dressed for their different roles in medieval society.
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Teaching Strategies

Excerpted from

Eyewitness: Medieval Life
Eyewitness: Medieval Life
Andrew Langley

Eyewitness: Medieval Life gives the reader an in-depth look at life in both the town and country for the peasants as well as the aristocracy, from the end of the Dark Ages to the Renaissance in the 15th century.

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Students will learn how different people dressed for their different roles in medieval society.
Suggested Time
15 minutes
Reading Level
Upper Elementary
Life in Medieval Times Mini-Lesson

Teacher Background

The term "medieval" comes from the Latin medium aevum which means "the middle ages." But when were the Middle Ages? Before them came
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Print or Project

  • A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
  • Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work.(Example: Do you think the caption "Worker Bees" is a good one for the peasant photo? Why or why not?)
Continue the Conversation
Ask students if they can think of other roles that existed in medieval society. (Answers might include: noblemen, knights...even king or queen.) Ask students to describe what role they think they might've had if they would've lived during that time.
Write about it
Tell students to pretend they lived back in medieval society and have them pick a role to play (e.g., monk, peasant, guild master, etc.). Ask them to write a paragraph explaining why they chose that role.

Lesson Contents


Extension Activities





Life in Medieval Times Word Power
Grade: 4 - 6
Students practice vocabulary relevant to medieval society by using each defined word in a sentence.



Medieval Towns Activity Pack
Grade: 6 - 8
Students learn about life in medieval towns as they read and complete the activities in this packet.


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