Story of the World - The Middle Ages
The Middle Ages from the Fall of Rome to the Rise of the Renaissance
Teacher: Ruth Chavez
Mat Fees $25
Class fees $240 or $230 if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments. Price is for one quarter.
Homework: An end of Session 3D diorama project depicting a battle or an event in history that was covered during the 10 week course.
In the Spring we will travel through the medieval world from Britain and Spain to the Americas weaving together a complete picture of historical events that have impacted the world and continue to do so today.
We will create beautiful mosaics, taste yummy historical treats from China, India and the Americas, travel the silk route and feel silk and taste spices that determined the course of nations and inspired Atlantic travel. Find out who discovered chocolate? Re-enact great battles and adventures such as Columbus crossing the Atlantic. Profile historical peoples such as the Mayans, Aztecs and Incas. Cortez and Monctezuma, Martin Luther, HenryVIII, Queen Elizabeth I, Galileo and Shakespeare. We will read aloud sections of the Story of the World book and create 3D dioramas and maps in order to build a complete picture of history. Children will be thoroughly engaged and excited week to week as they discover new facts and engage in creative fun yet relevant activities
Winter Quarter Syllabus
Dear Parents: I will be using Susan Wise Bauer’s history book series The Story of the World: The Middle Ages as a resource and following the timeline as presented in the book. If you would like, you can pre read the chapters with your student or review the lessons. I have designed the class so that it is self-contained and all the relevant information will be given in class. I do not want you to feel burdened but if you want to pre read before class, it will only help the student more.
Project: On week 10 Students will give a presentation before the class. Expanding on one of the topics, countries, people or events mentioned throughout the course. They may complete an informational poster board, a power point presentation, a craft, and diorama or create a hands on project i.e ceramic vase, kite. They must describe the project, its geographical place in the world, its historical relevance ie diorama of the arrival of the Vikings etc.
Week 1 : The First Kings of England: The Vikings wanted new lands to farm so they invaded Britain. Why didn’t the Anglo-Saxons drive out the Vikings? Where was the kingdom of Wessex? Who was Alfred the Great and how did he fight the Vikings? The Battle of Hastings: What bad omen did the people see when Harold became king? (They saw Halley’s Comet)
Narration: The people of Wessex chose Alfred to be their king and help the defeat the Vikings. He hid until the spring as he grew his army and then defeated the Vikings.
Geography –Locate Wessex, Salisbury Plain, English Channel, Normandy and the Battle of Hastings
Hands on: Create a Bayeux Like Tapestry
Week 2: The England after the Conquest/ The English Code of Chivalry: Under the code to whom the knights owe loyalty to? (God the church and the king), what sort of armor did the knight wear? What was the Norman invasion? What is the Samurai code of Japan?
Narration: In England, the knights fought for the king and the king gave them land. Feudalism is when the knights gave land to the serfs to farm and the serfs gave the knights food.
Geography: locate England and the Kingdom of Japan
Hands on: Make an edible castle and design your own coat of arms
Week 3: The Age of Crusades: We will discuss the command from the Pope, Recapturing Jerusalem and El Cid and the Reconquest of Spain
Narration: Jews, Christians and Muslims all wanted to go to Jerusalem. The pope wanted to recapture the city of Jerusalem
Hands on: Create a Crusader’s Surcoat and learn to play chess
Week 4: A New Kind of King: We will discuss Richard the Lionhearted, John Lackland and the Magna Carta, Robin Hood: why were the peasants unhappy under king john’s reign? John took money from the nobles, the nobles took money from the peasants and serfs.
Geography: Locate England of Richard I, trace the Crusade route to Jerusalem, Austria where Richard was captured, the trace the route from Jerusalem to Austria.
Narration: When Richard became king of England he went off to fight the crusades. His brother John became king and raised taxes. He was forced to sign the Magna Carta. Robin Hood stole money from the tax collectors and returned it to the peasants.
Hands on: create a simple Robin Hood Quiver and Arrows and King Richard’s shield
Week 5: The Diaspora: We will discuss the Scattering of the Jews: “What is the diaspora?”,
Geography: locate Jerusalem, Egypt and the various other places they went to live
Narration: The Jews revolted against the Romans in Jerusalem. The Romans burned their temple and destroyed Jerusalem and forced the Jews to leave the city.
Hands on: Make a Mezuzah
Week 6: The Mongols Devastate the East/the Mysterious East- Genghis Khan, Emperor of all Men, Marco Polo Goes to China and The Forbidden city of the Ming
Narration: Genghis Khan united all the Mongol tribes and declared himself leader.
Geography: locate Mongolia, trace the route from Mongolia to Beijing, trace the borders of the of the Mongolian Empire
Hands on activities: Make a Chinese Hanging Lantern and a Mongolian Ger
Week 7: The First Russians/The Ottoman Empire: The Rus come to Constantinople, Ivan the Great and Ivan the Terrible The Ottoman Turks attack and the capture of Constantinople and discuss Suleiman the Lawgiver
Geography-locate Scandinavia, locate the land of the Rus, trace a line from the land of the Rus to the city of Constantinople, Kiev and Moscow
Narration: The Rus were descendant from Vikings who settled down with the Slavs. They attacked Constantinople but decided to ally themselves with Byzantium.
Hands on activities: Build your own cannon
Week 8: The End of The World/ France and England: The plague, Henry V and the battle of Agincourt, Joan of Arc
Geography-locate Korea, Japan and china on the map
Narration: England and France had been at war for nearly one hundred years. Henry V won the right to the throne of France. Joan of Arc had visions of saints and angels who told her to lead the army of the Dauphin against the Burgundians.
Hands on: Create a sandpaper print battle flag
Week 9: War for the English Throne: we will discuss the War of the Roses and the princes in the tower
Geography: Locate the island of Britain (England, Scotland, and Wales), York, Mortimer’s Cross, London and Circle Bosworth
Narration: When Henry the VI went mad, the duke of York ruled England for him, however he did not want to give up the throne.
Hands on: play checkers and build a pop-out tower of London card
Week 10: The Kingdoms of Spain and Portugal/African Kingdoms: We will discuss Ferdinand and Isabella unite Spain, Henry the Navigator, Prince of Portugal
Geography: locate Castile, Aragon, Granada, Portugal trace the path the sailors took from Portugal to Africa
Narration: Queen Isabella of Spain chose to marry Prince Ferdinand of Castile. They united their kingdoms in to one large kingdom, Spain.
Hands on: play the hunt the rhino game and and African Mask