A literature and project approach to World History - The Middle Ages
Teacher: Julie Bradshaw
Winter Quarter: Walking the Canterbury Tales!
Cost: $250. This is an 11 week class that lasts 2 hours to ensure students have plenty of time for literary discussion and their projects!
Mat Fees: $25
Spring Quarter: Machiavelli's Message, DaVinci's Genius & The Real Borgia's of the Renaissance
Cost: $250. This is an 9 week class that lasts 2 hours to ensure students have plenty of time for literary discussion and their projects!
Mat Fees: $25
Homework: Yes, reading and some writing.
The Middle Ages is one of the most misrepresented periods of time in European history. It WAS a time of barbarism, serfdom servitude and death from dirty rats, but it was also a time of incredible architecture, beautifully hand-drawn books and mathematical ideas. Our class will delve into the history of this period by learning about the literature and pivotal events of the time. One of the most important documents to come out of this period is the Magna Carta, the first time a King was told that he had to obey the same rules as the peasants. We’ll look at this document to help us understand key differences between royalty, and the rest of the people. Looking at the legends of Robin Hood will further our understanding of inequities on this time period. Our own reading one of the Canterbury Tales will help us understand how people thought they could buy their way into heaven, while the legends of King Arthur will help us understand the ideas of both chivalry and serfdom. We’ll look at the beautiful Bayeux Tapestry when we study the Battle of Hastings to help us understand the longstanding rivalry between France and England. The Black Death was one of the worst times in all of history. We’ll trace this from the rats that brought the plague through all of Western Europe, and see how it opened the way for the end of the Middle Ages, and the beginning of the Renaissance. We’ll be able to retain so much of our learning through the creation of our three dimensional timeline along with our other activities, including making an illuminated manuscript, building a replica of a castle along with some of the key inventions of this period. Come and join this lively interactive study of the important events after the fall of the Roman Empire. Following this class, in the Spring quarter, we will study the Renaissance!
While The Middle Ages is one of the most misrepresented periods of time in European history, many people have a rudimentary knowledge of the Renaissance . Barbarism was still with us, but it came about very differently. The Black Death had paved the way for a whole new way of thinking. The rebirth of the Classics is at the heart of the Renaissance, but it wasn't without it's drama! While most people have heard of the evil deeds of the Medici family, none was as violent as the Borgias. In fact, it was the feuding and intrigue between these and other families that Machiavelli wrote about in his famous book, The Prince. Our cultural literacy ensures that we all know at least one quote from this famous book; "The ends justifies the means". This quote is used all the time, but are we understanding the message properly? Most scholars say no. Join us as we learn about the times of the Renaissance and read through The Prince to understand the timeless message of what it means to be a leader, what it means to be responsible for taking care of people, what it means to be a Prince. We'll also enjoy the art and inventions of both famous and not so famous Renaissance figures as we take virtual tours of museums, homes and inventions. We'll draw like DaVinci and make our own Vitruvian Man (ok - 1st grader!) as we look at the mind and the activities of this great man. Food changed a bit from the Middle Ages, and manners did too. The fork was invented! This was helpful for all of the deals made over dinners due to the invention of the "joint stock" company, the pre-cursor to our modern for-profit companies. This new business deal marked the beginning of the end of feudal life and the inability of a person to rise above their family status. Come and join us as we eat, paint, invent, read, study and discuss this amazing period of history!