History Odyssey Middle Ages Level One


eBook and printed format


Product Description

Pages: 72

Grade level: appropriate for 1st – 4th grade, target grade is 2nd

Course type: Study guide (Please see the Booklist for the books required to complete this course.)

From the fall of Rome to Shakespeare, Middle Ages level one is a complete one-year curriculum guide that combines history with activities, world geography, great books, and writing. Young 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 one is a teacher/parent guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from 500 to 1600.

This guide includes:

  • 18 middle ages history blackline maps
  • Hands-on activity instructions
  • Extensive library lists for each lesson
  • Suggested schedule for a 36 week school year
  • 43 detailed lessons covering:
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Map work
    • Activities

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.

Please refer to the article The Best Way to Learn History for more information about the History Odyssey method of learning.


The History Odyssey method found in Middle Ages 1:

Multiple Resources

  • Listen to the history of the Byzantine Empire, Arabs, Vikings, Christians, Danes, Normans, Medieval British, Celts, Mongols, Russians, Moors, Chinese, Africans, Japanese, medieval Americans, and more during the Middle Ages told as an exciting story
  • Read about Middle Ages history events in a history encyclopedia
  • Learn about cultures via craft projects, cooking foods of the Middle Ages, and coloring pages depicting historic scenes


  • Read/listen to short historic fiction stories
  • Read/listen to short biographies of important men and women in history
  • Read/listen to history tales and culture stories set to poetry and song
  • Listen to Shakespeare adapted for young children

Written & Verbal Expression

  • Identify new vocabulary words and practice dictionary work
  • Choose important aspects of the history lesson to illustrate and/or summarize


Critical Thinking

  • Exposure to at least three interpretations of the same events in history
  • Identify new vocabulary words and practice dictionary work
  • Choose important aspects of the history lesson to illustrate and summarize
  • Answer thought-provoking history and literature questions
  • Investigate the unique histories of many cultures
  • Learn how the histories of different groups of people were affected by religion


  • Identify and label countries, cities, land and water areas
  • Compare modern-day geography to medieval geography
  • Develop an understanding of the size and scale of land and water areas
  • Learn about geographical obstacles and advantages and their effect on medieval history
  • Study the routes of explorers and discover the effects of new world exploration during the Middle Ages

Important Copyright Information: If you choose the eBook version of this course, you are purchasing a license to use the PDF for your own children. You may make copies for your own children, but you may not share (email, download, print and distribute, resell, etc.) this eBook or any portion of this eBook to others.

Licensing is available for group, school, and co-op use. Please contact Pandia Press for details on group licensing ([email protected]).

The following books must be obtained apart from this study guide. You may use any version, eBook, or print edition of these books. If you plan to purchase these books from Amazon, we appreciate you using the direct links below.

Main Reference Spine: The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History (with Internet Links)
Optional Additional Reference Spine: A Child’s History of the World by Virgil M. Hillyer (Calvert Educational

Other Required Books:
Story of the World, Volume 2: The Middle Ages by Susan Wise Bauer (Peace Hill Press)
History Pockets: Native Americans (Evan-Moor)
Days of Knights and Damsels by Laurie Carlson (Chicago Review Press)
A Coloring Book of the Middle Ages (Bellerophon)
Knights of the Round Table by Gwen Gross (Random House)
Meet Christopher Columbus by James T. de Kay (Random House)
Shakespeare for Children audio CD by Jim Weiss (Greathall Productions)

Middle Ages 1 in Action

Review of History Odyssey

by Cathy Duffy

History Odyssey combines classical and real-book approaches to create a complete history curriculum for grades 1 through 12. The curriculum has three levels: Level One (Elementary) for grades 1-4, Level Two (Middle School) for grades 5 and up (can actually be used for some high school students but is best for grades 5-8), and Level Three (High School) for grades 9-12. . .

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