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ESSAY - Chapter 5, End of Feudalism

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Chapter 5 ESSAY

The Decline of Feudalism

 

 

Essay is due: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

 

Instead of taking a test over chapter 5, this essay will count as your test grade.  Please take your time, and complete the essay to the best of your ability.  Essays turned-in after the due date will lose 25% of the earned grade.

Very little in-class time will be given to complete the essay.  Most of the work will need to be completed outside of class time.

 

      1) Your essay must be about ONE of the main causes for the decline in Feudalism during the

Middle Ages.  You may choose from ONE of the below three topics.  Do not write about more than one topic.            

                                                            1) The Magna Carta

                                                            2) The Bubonic Plague

                                                            3) The Hundred Years’ War

 

  1. You are required to find one additional resource for information on your essay.  In addition to your textbook and any class videos, you must use one or more of the following resources:
  • Website  (full website address should be turned in with essay)
  • Book (Title, Author and page numbers used)
  • Magazine article (title of magazine, month, year, article name, author of article)
  •  Encyclopedia (Name of Encyclopedia, year, topic of encyclopedia article)

 

  1. On your final draft, remember to:          

- use correct spelling

      - use correct capitalization

                                                                        - use correct punctuation

                                                                        - write in full sentences

                                                                        - indent each paragraph

                                                                        - write in your own words – don’t just copy a resource

                                                                        - make your final draft very neat and easy to read.

 

Your essay should be a four paragraph essay including:

Intro Paragraph

 

                        * Question or Imagine Intro (NO comparison)

                        * Rich background details 

                        * Setting (time and place)

                         * Thesis (TOE) statement saying that your topic helped end Medieval Feudalism.

 

 

Do not use an audience’s name in this essay!

 

No: Mrs. Claassen, the Magna Carta was…

Yes: The Magna Carta was…

 

  • Paragraph 2

* The main reason __________ caused a decline in Feudalism is because ______. 

* According to ______________

* Define

 

  • Paragraph 3

* Not only was __________ a cause in the decline in Feudalism, but ____. 

* According to ______________

* Define

 

  • Conclusion Paragraph

* At least 2-3 sentences.

* Reminds reader of the Thesis (TOE).

 

  • Simple bibliography after your essay stating any places you got your information.  Include our textbook as a resource!  (History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond by TCI, pages ____)

                       

 

 

Essay Planning Form – Chapter 5

 

My Topic: ____________________________________________________

                        (Magna Carta, Bubonic Plague or The Hundred Years’ War)

 

Intro Paragraph

 

      * Question or Imagine Intro (NO comparison)

       * Rich background details 

      * Setting (time and place – doesn’t have to be dates)

      * Thesis (TOE) statement saying that your topic helped end Medieval Feudalism.

 

Question or Imagine:

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Rich background details

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Setting (time and place)

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Thesis (TOE) statement saying that your topic helped end Medieval Feudalism. 

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

           

 

Paragraph 2

The main reason ___________________________________ caused a decline in feudalism is because _________________________________________

__________________________________________________________.  According to ________________________________ (resource such as: textbook, author, website, encyclopedia name, book title, magazine), feudalism ended because_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________(write about a text detail about the main reason Feudalism declined) What (the resource) ________________________ means is (define) _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

 Paragraph 3

Not only was (remind audience of paragraph 2’s TOP) ________________________________________________________________a cause in the decline of feudalism but, ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________(another reason your topic helped end Feudalism).  According to __________________________ (resource such as: textbook, author, website, encyclopedia name, book title, magazine), _______________________________________________________________________________________________________(write about a text detail about another reason Feudalism declined).  What (the resource) ___________________ means is (define) ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.

 

Conclusion Paragraph  (Remind audience of TOE.  2-3 sentences or more!)

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

Edit Check-Sheet     for Chapter 5 End of Feudalism Essay

Did you capitalize these words EVERY TIME you used them?

  • -  If you checked and corrected that word in your essay (all the times it was used)

NO – Write NO if you did not use that word in your essay

                                    ___ Magna Carta

                                    ___ The Hundred Years’ War

                                    ___ Bubonic Plague

                                    ___ TCI

                                    ___ History Alive! Medieval World and Beyond

                                    ___ England

                                    ___ France

 

Check the spelling of these often misspelled words:

  • - If you checked and corrected that word in your essay (all the times it was used)

NO – Write NO if you did not use that word in your essay

                                    ___ feudalism

                                    ___ medieval

                                    ___ manor

                                    ___ noble

                                    ___ commoner

                                    ___ government

                                    ___ rights

 

Is each paragraph indented?  There should be only 4 paragraphs (indents) in this essay.

                                    Yes        No

 

Did you include a list of at least two resources that you used at the end of the essay?

                                    Yes        No

                        Options:

  • Website  (full website address)
  • Book (Title, Author and page numbers used)
  • Magazine article (title of magazine, month, year, article name, author of article)
  •  Encyclopedia (Name of Encyclopedia, year, topic of encyclopedia article)
  • Textbook: History Alive! The Medieval World and Beyond by TCI, pages ____

 

Other things to check:

____ Circle words that might be misspelled.  Fix the misspelled words.  Use a dictionary

 if necessary.

____ Check to make sure the start of each sentence is capitalized.

 

____ Check for punctuation at the end of each sentence.

 

 

End of Feudalism Essay – Peer Form

 

Author of Essay: _____________________________

Group member filling out this form: ________________________

 

What is the essay’s topic? _______________________________

What is body paragraph 2 about? _________________________

What is body paragraph 3 about? _________________________

 

Do the topics of paragraphs 2 & 3 explain a reason how feudalism ended?

          Paragraph 2    Yes           No

          Paragraph 3    Yes            No

 

Was at least 2 different resources used?  (One for paragraph 2 and one for paragraph 3)

                                   Yes           No

 

Required: One or more suggestion for the author: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

 

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