Eastside Academic Studies


Medieval History (6 - 8)

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Teacher: Sandra Williams
Date/Time: Monday - 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
Room: 259/261
Departments: History and Social Studies, Middle/Elementary
Grade Level: Middle School (6th-8th)

History is dynamic and exciting when you approach it with real books, compelling human stories, maps, timelines, and living history applications.  This class is designed to encourage a love for history.  We will anchor each book on a timeline and on a map, and we will study the appropriate history, culture, and geography in some depth.  Students are invited to experience history through "living books."  We will approach each book in light of a challenge involved in growing up such as finding courage, making decisions, overcoming hardships, etc. 

Students will discuss stories, examine maps, update personal timelines, and enjoy multimedia presentations.  Some activities may be enjoying a typical meal, building structures, learning poems or phrases in the language, building dioramas, mapping routes or countries, studying art, or acting out portions of the story.  (Past classes have enjoyed doing archery in response to Rolf.)  Students will keep notebooks to document their work and to encourage organizational skills.

The class will begin with The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow, by Allen French.  It begins in Iceland, with the family of a man named Hiarandi.  When Hiarandi does a good deed, it leads to a grave injustice.  His son, Rolf, must struggle against this injustice and that makes for a tale that students love, that is hard to put down.

Students' responses to each book will help determine the choices of what to read next, but the list for Early Medieval History includes:  Son of Charlemagne, by Barbara Willard and Beorn the Proud, by Madeleine Polland.  Later, choices include Red Falcons of Tremoine, by Henry Peart; Genghis Khan, by Harold Lamb; Big John's Secret, by Eleanore M. Jewitt; The Novice's Tale, by Margaret Frazer.  We will at least touch upon Norse Mythology, the rise of Christian Europe, the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, and The Canterbury Tales.

Textbooks: The Story of Mankind, by Hendrik Willem Van Loon.  [$7.99 in paperback at Amazon; $.99 in Kindle], and Penguin Atlas of Medieval History (Can get the older version from Amazon, used, for $4.99) .

Students will need to bring The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow to our first class, and instructor will help find subsequent books (used) at the lowest available prices.  Students will need 3-ring binders with dividers; Instructor will provide maps and will teach students to construct their own notebook timelines.  Parents can expect to buy 2-3 paperback books a month.

Tuition:  $250 per semester or $60/month for 9 months, September-May, due at first class of the month.  $5 late fee.

Materials Fee

All Materials/Lab fees are included in the tuition.

Minimum 4 students.

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