History Odyssey Middle Ages Level Two


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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. There is an alternative booklist available for this title.

Main Reference Spine: The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia (1999 or newer edition)
Optional Additional Reference Spine: The Story of Mankind* by Hendrik Willem Van Loon (optional)

The History Odyssey Timeline from Pandia Press (or a homemade timeline)

Other Required Books:
The Usborne Internet – Linked Viking World
One Thousand and One Arabian Nights retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
A Shakespeare Coloring Book from Bellerophon Books
Beowulf, A New Telling by Robert Nye
The Story of King Arthur and His Knights by Howard Pyle
The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green
Castle by David Macaulay
Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
Tales from Japan retold by Helen & William McAlpine
The Trumpeter of Krakow by Eric P. Kelly

*The Story of Mankind: Due to the polarizing nature of The Story of Mankind by Hendrick Van Loon, it is optional reading in this level two course. It should be considered a possible resource for gathering information. If students choose not to read TSOM, they might need to seek out other resources on the Internet or at a library in order to complete some of the lessons. There is a free eBook edition of TSOM available at: www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/754.

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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Pages: 156

Grade level: appropriate for 5th – 8th grade, target grade is 6th (appropriate for high school with modifications*)

Course type: Study guide. See the Booklist for the books required to complete this course. There is an alternative booklist available for this title. 

* 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 studentʼs 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
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 2:

Multiple Resources

  • Examine resources about the middle ages history of various groups including Byzantine Empire, Mongols, Mayan, Aztecs, Incas, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism from areas such as England, India, Russia, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Persia, Spain, France, China, Japan, SE Asia, Ireland, Scotland, North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, and more.
  • Read about middle ages history events in a history encyclopedia
  • Retellings of classic literature and mythology
  • Primary source excerpts from the middle ages


  • Learn middle ages history through historic fiction
  • Mythology and tales from various cultures
  • Classic literature, adapted

Written & Verbal Expression

  • Identify main ideas in history readings through intermediate-level outlining of history readings
  • Practice public speaking and rhetoric skills
  • Write biographies on significant individuals during modern times and identify their effects and influences on history
  • Complete expository and creative writing assignments

Critical Thinking

  • Exposure to at least three sources for history events
  • Organize, filter, prioritize, and discern historical data
  • Study and analyze the persecution of certain groups in the middle ages including the origin of prejudices still alive today
  • Literary analysis of historic fiction including characterization and classifying an epic
  • Grasp the concept of time and the progression of history, and identify connections between events through multiple timeline activities
  • Compare and contrast groups in middle ages history
  • Analyze how different groups of people in the middle ages were affected by religion


  • Detailed identification of land and water areas significant to middle ages history
  • Gain a better understanding of events in middle ages history through detailed map work and completing map keys
  • Learn about geographical obstacles and advantages and their effects in middle ages history
  • Analyze how geography influenced trade, travel, exploration, wars, slavery, spread of ideas and disease, and the communication between groups during the middle ages
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