Timebook Information

After we complete each Social Studies unit in class on medieval studies, students will be assessed by creating two Timebook pages for that unit. This assessment will be done independently in class so that students may demonstrate not only what they learned about the topic, but also their ability to take information and communicate it originally and effectively.

Below is a description of each unit’s requirements and scoring rubric (which is also provided to students in class):


You will be assessed throughout the year of your knowledge of each unit by creating a Timebook page (two sides) of the content in your own words. Each content page will be assessed using the rubric attached. All work should be in your OWN WORDS, focusing on ACCURATE and RELEVANT information, as well as SENTENCE FLUENCY and CONVENTIONS.

Each unit must include 3 color drawings or internet images that are relevant to the unit’s topic, each with a one-sentence caption.

Page Requirements Due Date
Front Cover/Table of Contents
  • Appropriate title having to do with Medieval History of Middle Ages
  • Colorful artwork related to topic
  • Student first and last name
  • Table of Contents (this page) glued to the back of the Cover Page
(choose 3 of the items listed)
  • Create a chart that explains the Tang Dynasty/Aristocracy, Song Dynasty/Meritocracy, Mongol Rule, and Ming Dynasty/Civil Service System (3 sentences for each)–Chapter 16
  • Explain how China’s agriculture changed, how trade and commerce grew, and characteristics of China’s cities. Describe the results of urbanization. (2 sentences each)–Chapter 17
  • Choose 1 Chinese discovery or invention, describe it in 3 sentences, and draw a picture to represent it–Chapter 18
  • Create a chart that shows foreign contact for the Tang Dynasty, Mongol Rule, Ming Dynasty (3 sentences)–Chapter 19
(must complete all 3 items listed)
  • Choose one aspect of Japan that has been influenced by China, India, and/or Korea, and write 5 sentences about the affects–Chapter 20
  • Choose two aspects of Heian-kyo, Japan’s Golden Age, and write 4 sentences for each one–Chapter 21
  • Create a graphic organizer/drawing to outline the details of a samurai’s armor, weapons, military training, mental training, tea ceremony training,  spiritual training, values, and women as samurai (2 sentences each)–Chapter 22
Middle East
(choose 3 of the items listed)
  • Draw an environmental/political map of the Arabian Peninsula (must be hand drawn)–Chapter 7
  • Create a timeline of Muhammad’s life, the four caliphs, and the Umayyad Dynasty, including 12-14 events total–Chapter 8
  • Draw a graphic organizer of Islam’s teachings (can use the one on page 93), making sure to write a two-sentence description for each part–Chapter 9
  • Write about 4 Muslim contributions in detail with 4-5 sentences each–Chapter 10
  • Describe the experiences of Christians, Muslims, and Jews during the Crusades (6-8 sentences each)
(choose 5 of the items listed)
  • Create a hand-drawn color map of the 3 West African Kingdoms (use the map on page 142)
  • Explain how the first kingdoms of West Africa developed (5 sentences)–Chapter 12
  • Recount the history of Ghana’s trans-Saharan trade (5 sentences)–Chapter 13
  • Write about the gold-salt trade between Wangara and Taghaza in 5 sentences–Chapter 13
  • Describe the decline of Ghana and the rise of Mali (4 sentences)–Chapter 13
  • Detail the spread of Islam in Ghana, Mali, and Songhai (2 sentences each)–Chapter 14
  • Analyze how Islam affected 2 areas: choose from religious practices, government, education, language, architecture, and decorative arts (2 sentences each)–Chapter 14
  • Choose one aspect of African legacy (oral and written traditions, music, visual arts) and write a 5 sentence summary–Chapter 15
(choose 5 of the items listed)
  • Draw a map of the Mayan civilization, and explain the origins and three periods of Mayan civilization in 6 sentences total–Chapter 23
  • Draw the social pyramid of the Mayan society, detailing each class with 2 sentences each–Chapter 23
  • Choose one aspect of Mayan civilization and describe it in 5 sentences (either family life, religious beliefs and practices, or agricultural techniques)–Chapter 23
  • Recount the civilization in the Valley of Mexico and the arrival of the Aztecs in 5 sentences–Chapter 24
  • Illustrate a drawing of Tenochtitlan with one-sentence captions of at least 5 aspects–Chapter 24
  • Create a map of the Aztec empire, with 5 sentences total describing tribute and warfare–Chapter 24
  • Describe one aspect of daily life in Tenochtitlan in 5 sentences–Chapter 25
  • Draw a map of the Inca empire, with an explanation of its beginnings and roads and messengers in 6 sentences–Chapter 26
  • Draw a 4-square organizer to illustrate the Incas’ class structure, family life, religion, and relations with other peoples in 4 sentences each–Chapter 26
  • Draw and describe in 3 sentences each an achievement of the Maya, Aztecs, and Incas–Chapter 27
Medieval Europe
(choose 5 of the items listed–more on next page)
  • Explain the Roman legacy in one topic of your choice (art, architecture, writing, or law (4 sentences)–Chapter 1
  • Drawing of feudalism pyramid with pictures and descriptions of each part (3 sentences each)–Chapter 2
  • Write about the role and power of the church (include 2 topics of your choice, 3 sentences each)–Chapter 3
  • Describe life in medieval towns (include 3 topics of your choice, 3 sentences each)–Chapter 4
  • Describe the Magna Carta and its importance (5 sentences)–Chapter 5
  • Explain the Bubonic Plague and its impact (5 sentences)–Chapter 5
  • Write about the events of the Hundred Years’ War and its impact (5 sentences)–Chapter 5
  • Describe Constantinople in comparison to Western Europe (5 sentences)–Chapter 6
  • Detail what happened with Justinian I and Theodora (5 sentences)–Chapter 6
  • Create a Venn Diagram that compares/contrasts at least 3 different categories between Medieval Europe and the Byzantine Empire–Chapter 6
(choose 3 of the items listed)
  • Create a chart that includes descriptions of classical art, medieval art, and renaissance art, with 5 aspects for each period–Chapter 28
  • Choose growth of trade and commerce, influence of Italian city-states, OR the growth of humanism and describe it in 5 sentences–Chapter 28
  • Describe the city of Florence in 4 sentences–Chapter 29
  • Choose an advance in Florence to explain in 5 sentences–Chapter 29
  • Choose a leading figure during the Renaissance and include a picture as well as a paragraph describing his/her life and contributions in 6 sentences–Chapter 30
(choose 3 of the items listed)
  • Explain how the Catholic church was weakened in 6 sentences–Chapter 31
  • Choose one person who called for church reform and outline their life in 4 sentences–Chapter 31
  • Write about the life of Martin Luther in his push for church change and starting his own church in 8 sentences–Chapter 31
  • Create a chart that includes Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Anglicanism, and include the 4 aspects of each. Write one sentence for each aspect–Chapter 32
  • Explain the Counter-Reformation and the effects of the Reformation in 4 sentences each–Chapter 32


Score Cover Page and Table of Contents Content Accuracy and Relevance on Unit Page Writing Fluency Conventions
5 Cover page has appropriate title, student name and thoughtful artwork in color, includes Table of Contents Writing has exceptionally accurate and relevant details that provide insight into the medieval history and culture of the region. Writing shows exemplary flow with a variety of complex sentences that eases the reading of the material. 0-3 editing errors
4 Cover page has appropriate title, student name, and adequate artwork, includes Table of Contents Writing has adequate facts that are both accurate and relevant for the medieval history and culture of the region. Writing fluency is present throughout the page, with some variety of complex sentences. The writing is easy to navigate. 4-5 editing errors
3 Cover page has appropriate title, student name, and minimal/ incomplete artwork, includes Table of Contents Writing demonstrates some inaccuracies and/or irrelevant details (1-3) that detract from the medieval culture and history of the region. Writing fluency lacks a variety of complex sentences at times, which causes some difficulty in the reading of the material. 6-7 editing errors
2 Cover page has appropriate title, student name, but missing artwork, includes Table of Contents Writing displays many inaccuracies and/or irrelevant information (more than 3) that misinform the reader about the medieval history and culture of the region. Writing fluency consistently lacks a variety of complex sentences, which causes great difficulty in comprehending the material. 8 or more editing errors


Page Score/Comments
Cover Page/Table of Contents
Middle East
Medieval Europe