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What Your Child is Learning in Unit 5, "Medieval Societies"

In this unit, your child will learn about medieval western Europe. He or she will compare medieval societies in Japan and Europe, and learn why feudalism lasted longer in Japan than in Europe. Your child will then examine the effect of religion on Europeans in the Middle Ages, and see how disagreements over religious authority led to a split in the Christian church. Lastly, he or she will learn about the Crusades, a series of wars between Christians and Muslims for control of the Holy Land.

Activities You Can Do at Home to Support Your Child's Learning

Chapter 10 Feudal Europe and Japan

Chapter 11 Europe: Rule, Religion, and Conflict

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