Grade level: appropriate for 5th – 8th grade, target grade is 6th (appropriate for high school with modifications*)
Course type: Study guide
* Middle Ages Level two is a comprehensive course that is appropriate for both middle school and high school students with little modification. For high school students we recommend adding daily lesson summaries and one oral report of the student?s choosing. We also recommend reading unabridged, original versions of the classic literature such as Beowulf, Shakespeare, and The Canterbury Tales.
From fall of Rome to the Renaissance, Middle Ages level two is a complete one-year curriculum guide that combines history with literature, world geography, and writing activities. Students study events from the middle ages including monasticism; the Vikings; knighthood; the Crusades; the Dark Ages, feudalism; early America; African and Asian dynasties; and the Renaissance. This comprehensive course covers success and failures of civilizations in the Middle Ages from all parts of the world such as Normans, Byzantines, Mongols, Aztecs, Hapsburgs, Tudors, and many others.
Middle Ages level two is a student guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from 500 to 1600. Level 2 History Odyssey guides are written to be used independently by students with the parent/teacher assisting when necessary with lessons and assessing the student’s completed work. Middle Ages level two does not require an answer key due to the subjectivity of the assignments that encourage critical thinking (i.e. there is rarely any one correct answer). Answer keys to map work are found in the main spine (The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia).
Literature and writing instructions and assignments found in the course include three-level outlining of history readings, How to Write a Biography, creating plot diagrams, creating character webs, and identifying elements of an epic.
Critical thinking with history studies found in this course include identifying connections and cause/effect relationships, timeline analysis, and identifying connections between geography and history through map work.
This guide includes:
- 29 middle ages history blackline maps
- Recommended resource list
- 113 detailed lessons covering:
- Map work
- Timeline analysis
The History Odyssey Method – Five learning techniques are woven throughout all History Odyssey courses at age-appropriate levels: Students examine multiple resources, read historically significant literature, develop and strengthen critical thinking skills, practice and refine written and verbal expression, and study world geography and geographical significances throughout the history of humankind.
The History Odyssey method found in Middle Ages 2:
- Examine resources about the ancient history of groups from Sumer, Babylonia, Egypt, Phoenicia, the Americas, Assyria, India, Persia, Greece, China, the Middle East, Africa, Rome, and more.
- Read about ancient history events in a history encyclopedia
- Retellings of classic literature and mythology
- Learn ancient history through historic fiction
- Read ancient mythology
- Read classic literature, adapted
Written & Verbal Expression
- Identify main ideas in history readings through basic outlining of history readings
- Practice public speaking and rhetoric skills
- Write summaries on significant individuals during modern times and identify their effects and influences on history
- Exposure to at least three sources for history events
- Organize, filter, prioritize, and discern historical data
- Grasp the concept of time and the progression of history, and connections between events through multiple timeline activities
- Compare and contrast groups in ancient history
- Study the accomplishments and failures of significant individuals during ancient times and identify their effects and influences on history
- Analyze how different groups of people in ancient history were influenced and affected by religions
- Detailed identification of land and water areas significant to ancient history
- Gain a better understanding of events in ancient history through detailed map work and completing map keys
- Learn about geographical obstacles and advantages and their effect on ancient history