Free 7th Grade The Crusades Lesson Plan

Topic: The Crusades

Objectives & Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explain the causes and basic events of the Crusades.


  • Map of the Middle East showing the main locations of the Crusades
  • Handouts with basic information about the Crusades
  • Computers or tablets with internet access for research purposes


  • Ask students if they have heard of the Crusades.
  • Encourage them to share their knowledge about this period in medieval history.

Direct Instruction

  • Begin by explaining that the Crusades were a series of religious campaigns launched by the Christians of Europe in the 11th through 13th centuries.
  • Emphasize that the Crusades were a response to Muslim expansion in the Middle East.
  • Depict a map of the Middle East and point out key cities and regions, such as Jerusalem and Constantinople.
  • Discuss the goals of the Crusades and the strategies used by the Christians to achieve them.
  • Emphasize the brutality of the Crusades, including the use of torture and the slaughter of civilians.
  • Provide examples of the consequences of the Crusades, such as the weakening of the Byzantine Empire and the strengthening of Islam.

Guided Practice

  • Divide the class into small groups and assign each group a specific Crusade to research.
  • Provide each group with a set of questions to guide their research.
  • Have the groups present their findings to the class and facilitate a discussion about their specific Crusade.
  • Encourage students to ask questions and make inferences based on their research.

Independent Practice

  • Assign a project-based independent practice activity in which students choose a specific Crusade and research it in more depth.
  • Provide students with a list of questions or a research-based project to complete.
  • Have students present their findings to the class and facilitate a discussion about their specific Crusade.


  • Review the key points of the lesson and have students share what they learned about the Crusades.
  • Encourage students to reflect on the lessons of the Crusades and how they relate to current-day conflicts.


  • Observe students during the group presentations and take notes on their understanding of the topic.
  • Collect and grade the presentations as a form of assessment.
  • Administer a quiz or written assessment to assess understanding of key terms and concepts.

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