Social Studies 6-8 Pope Urban Speech

Social Studies 6-8 Pope Urban Speech

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.
Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior...
Identify aspects of a text that reveal an author's point of view or purpose (e.g., loaded language, inclusion or avoidance of particular facts).
Write informative/explanatory texts, including the narration of historical events, scientific procedures/experiments, or technical processes.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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Essential and guiding questions: 

Text-Dependent Questions:

  • What is the purpose of Pope Urban II’s speech?
  • For whom do you think this speech is meant? Why?
  • Based on his language in the speech, how does Pope Urban II see himself? Use specific examples from the speech to support your answer.
  • Pope Urban II offers several reasons for people to join the crusades. Which of these was the most influential? Why?
  • What elements of this speech would be effective today? Which elements would not? Why?

Activity/Task Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Differentiation suggestions: 

Scaffolding and support for special education students, English language learners, and struggling readers:

Students may:

  • Read individually and notate as they read
  • Read aloud (popcorn read)
  • Break sections down during small group work (ex. pair-share)
  • Follow up with whole class work
Interdisciplinary opportunities: 

How this task supports the content standards for relevant subject area courses in this grade band

  • This task requires students to read about one of the most significant events impacting Europe and the Middle East: the Christian Crusades.
  • This task would be appropriate for the content standards of a 7th grade social studies course (world history)