History Odyssey Classic: Middle Ages

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ON SALE! History Odyssey Level 3 Middle Ages is being phased out (to be replaced by an updated Middle Ages 3 course in the future). The eBook edition of Middle Ages 3 is available from Pandia Press at a much reduced price for a limited time. A new edition of the main spine for Level 3 History Odyssey (The History of the World) was released, and it does not match the sequence of Middle Ages Level 3. You must have the older edition of the J.M. Roberts book, The New History of the World (ISBN 978-0141030425 or 978-0195219272) in order to successfully complete this course.

Format: PDF, black/white interior

Pages: 193

Grade level: appropriate for 9th (advanced) – 12th grade. Middle Ages 3 is an advanced high school level course. For high school students who have not had significant prior experience in reading classical literature and expository writing and rhetoric, we recommend instead adapting our Level 2 History Odyssey courses to high school level by adding a few research and writing assignments.

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

From Attila the Hun to Elizabethan England, Middle Ages Level Three is a complete one-year curriculum guide that combines history with literature, world geography, and writing activities. Students engage in an advanced study of events and people during the middle ages including monasticism, the Vikings, spread of Islam, the Crusades, the Dark Ages, feudalism, early America, African and Asian dynasties, and the Renaissance. This comprehensive course covers the successes and failures of civilizations in the Middle Ages from all parts of the world such as the Arabs, Normans, Byzantines, Mongols, Aztecs, Hapsburgs, Tudors, and many others.

Middle Ages Level Three is a student guide that provides step by step lessons to teach world history from 500 to 1600. Level 3 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 Three 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 New History of the World).

Literature and writing?instructions and assignments found in the course include how to write a thesis statement, defining epic literature, essay writing, poetry and literary analysis, logic and rhetoric as applied to literature and history readings, producing critical biographies, advanced outlining of history readings, and more.

Critical thinking with history studies found in this course include identification of connections and cause/effect relationships, compare and contrast of civilizations and religions in the middle ages, timeline analysis, thorough analysis of primary sources including historical speeches and historical political writings, and identification of connections between geography and history through extensive map work.

This guide includes:

  • 26 middle ages blackline maps
  • Worksheets
  • Recommended resource list
  • 145 detailed lessons covering:
    • Literature
    • Writing
    • Map work
    • Timeline instructions
    • Research

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 3:

  • Examine resources about the middle ages history of various groups including Christianity, Judaism, Byzantine Empire, the Vikings, Arabs, Ottomans, Moguls, Mayans, and Normans from areas such as England, India, Russia, Germany, Italy,? China, Japan, the Americas, the Middle East, Africa, and more.
  • Read middle ages history as an exciting narrative
  • Read classic literature and mythology
  • Examine various primary sources

  • Learn middle ages history through classic literature
  • Read mythology and tales from various cultures
  • Read classic literary works

  • Develop points of view and present arguments through well-composed essays
  • Create compelling and concise thesis statements
  • Compose well-written research papers
  • Practice public speaking and rhetoric skills
  • Write biographies on significant individuals from the middle ages and identify their effects and influences on history


  • Exposure to at least three sources for history events
  • Organize, filter, prioritize, and discern vast amounts of historical data
  • Refined practice evaluating the validity of history sources
  • Practice literary analysis of classic literature
  • Complete literature matrices to assist in the comprehension of challenging literary works
  • Practice the art of writing and assessing arguments
  • Study and analyze military figures, operations, and battles in middle ages history
  • Compare and contrast groups and leaders in middle ages history
  • Analyze how different groups of people in the middle ages were influenced and affected by religious beliefs
  • Practice proper attribution of sources
  • Analyze timeline data for critical elements in events such as connections, anomalies, parallelisms, or contradistinctions
  • Analyze and interpret primary sources including speeches, poetry, and documents

  • Detailed identification of land and water areas significant to middle ages history
  • Gain a better understanding of events in the middle ages through detailed map work and completing map keys
  • Learn about geographical obstacles and advantages and their effects on middle ages history
  • Analyze how geography influenced trade, travel, wars, spread of ideas, and the communication between groups 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 (kate@pandiapress.com).

The following books and literature are required to complete this course:
The New History of the World by J.M. Roberts
The World’s Great Speeches edited by Copeland, Lamm, & McKenna
Beowulf translated by Howell D. Chickering, Jr.
The Song of Roland translated by Dorothy L. Sayers
The Travels by Marco Polo, translated by Ronald Latham
1066: The Year of the Conquest by David Howarth
Life in a Medieval City by Joseph and Frances Gies
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Patience, and Pearl verse translations by Marie Borroff
The Inferno by Dante Alighieri, translated by John Ciardi
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, translated by George Bull
Hamlet by William Shakespeare, CliffsComplete version
Essays by Michel de Montaigne, translated by J. M. Cohen

Recommended Resources:
The History Odyssey Timeline
A world history atlas

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