History Odyssey Middle Ages Level Two

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Product Description History Odyssey Middle Ages Level Two

Pages:  156

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
  • Worksheets
  • Recommended resource list
  • 113 detailed lessons covering:
    • Literature
    • Writing
    • Map work
    • Timeline analysis
    • Research

There are lots of articles about learning and teaching the humanities on the SEA Homeschoolers blog.

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:

Multiple Resources

  • 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

Critical Thinking

  • 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


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