This year we are once again delving into the Middle Ages. This is my favorite time period in history because we witness the blossoming of Christendom despite barbarian invasions, the spread of heresies, the Crusades, a devastating plague, and division in the Church. Indeed, we can see the hand of God guiding the Church through all of this turmoil, raising up great saints to spread the Gospel. I just looove the Middle Ages.
Of course, I had to go and make a list of historical novels and picture books that match up (more or less) with each of the chapters in the text. As I’ve said before, nothing makes history come alive as well as an excellent historical novel. So for those of you who are like-minded, here is the book list:
Sue one-upped me, though. She made literature guides for some of our very favorite historical novels about the Middle Ages. The boys read or listen to three chapters a week from a novel and then discuss the questions over a FaceTime meeting. Here they are:
And forgive me for putting in a plug for two of my daughter’s books that take place during Medieval times:
How many of you make your kids memorize history dates? Some years I make my kids memorize dates and some years I don’t. Last year I didn’t make the boys memorize dates because, frankly, I was in sleep-deprived-mama-with-new-baby survival mode. But this year, we’re back to memorizing dates. It’s an excellent way to train the memory, and it gives kids a sense of how important historical events relate to each other time wise. Quizlet is a great way for middle schoolers to practice memorizing vocabulary and history dates — and it’s free online.
Each week, Feisty has been adding history dates from The Story of Civilization, Vol. 2. to Quizlet. Your kids can practice them here:
I hope you find these to be useful supplements to your history curriculum!
p.s. Studying Ancient History? Check out Story of Civilization Book List and Pictures.