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FC Expansion of Empires, War and Reform


9 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions.

Grade: 5th Grade

Weeks: 2.5

Pages: 100

Standards: 5.1 - 5.8, 5.9e, 5.9f, 5.10a, 5.10b, 5.10c.

File Type: pdf

Slide Deck Included: Yes

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Product SKU: PEDFC512


This topic covers Islam’s spread, the Crusades, and Late Middle Ages political changes in England. Muslim belief is that the Prophet Muhammad began receiving divine revelations in 610 CE, calling for submission to the one God, the expectation of the Last Judgment, and care for the poor and needy. The early Muslim conquests spread Islam. The Umayyad Caliphate stretched from Muslim Iberia to the Indus River by the 8th century CE. The Islamic Golden Age produced many Middle Ages polymaths, astronomers, mathematicians, physicians, and philosophers.

The medieval Latin Church started, supported, and sometimes led the Crusades. The Crusades to the Holy Land between 1095 and 1291 to retake Jerusalem and its surroundings from Islamic rule are the best known. From the First Crusade, which reclaimed Jerusalem in 1099, dozens of Crusades shaped European history for centuries. Pope Urban II launched the First Crusade at Clermont in 1095. He called for an armed pilgrimage to Jerusalem and military support for the Byzantine emperor against the Turks. The first Crusaders sought religious salvation, feudal obligations, fame, and economic or political gain. Later crusades were led by organized armies, sometimes kings. The crusade between Christians and Muslims in the Iberian Peninsula began in 1123 and was renamed the Reconquista after the Muslim Emirate of Granada fell in 1492.

9 lessons that answer the standards as well as the framing and supporting questions.

Lessons are developed using all the sources and readings that are in the social studies course frameworks provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.

What does it include:

  1. Detailed lesson plans aligned to the standards and frameworks.
  2. Activities that include all the materials provided in the frameworks
  3. Assessments aligned to the new LDOE field test.
  4. Lesson activity workbook/worksheets
  5. Slide deck


  • 5.9 Describe the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of Europe during the Middle Ages.
  • 5.9e Describe the significance of the Magna Carta, including limiting the power of the monarch, the rule of law, and the right to trial by jury.
  • 5.9f Explain how the Crusades affected Christian, Muslim, and Jewish populations in Europe.
  • 5.10 Describe the geographic, political, economic, and cultural structures of Southwest Asia and North Africa.
  • 5.10a Identify and locate the geographic features of Southwest Asia and North Africa, including the Arabian Peninsula, the Persian Gulf, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Black Sea, and the Caspian Sea.
  • 5.10b Describe the diffusion of Islam, its culture, and the Arabic language throughout North Africa and Southwest Asia.
  • 5.10c Summarize the contributions of Islamic scholars in the areas of art, medicine, science, and mathematics.

Framing Question

How did conflict and new belief systems influence the development of the Medieval World?

Supporting Questions

  1. What are the origins of Islam?
  2. How did the spread of Islamic Empires influence and change the medieval world?
  3. What advances in science, medicine and astronomy occurred during the Golden Age of Islam, and how did they influence the Medieval World?
  4. How did the crusades begin and how did they affect both Christendom and the Islamic world?
  5. How did Henry II’s rule change England?
  6. In what ways was Eleanor of Aquitaine an exceptional individual?
  7. What is the historical significance of the Magna Carta?




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