History Quest Middle Times Study Guide


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History Quest: Middle Times Study Guide

Grade level: 1st through 6th

Pages: 264

Course type: Study guide designed to be used with the History Quest: Middle Times narrative chapter book (Please see the Booklist tab for the literature books required to complete this course.)

Author: Lindsey Sodano

History Quest: Middle Times Study Guide is a comprehensive and engaging, full-year secular history curriculum for elementary-age children. Designed to be used with the History Quest: Middle Times narrative history book and other resources, it provides 34 weeks of creative, hands-on activities, literature suggestions, geography study, and writing assignments that help bring history to life.

Each unit in the guide corresponds to a chapter from History Quest: Middle Times and provides a week’s worth of engaging and interactive activities laid out in clear, easy-to-follow lesson plans. You’ll find a suggested daily schedule that focuses on a different learning technique each day, important terms and concepts related to that week’s reading, resource recommendations, and more. Best of all, each week’s plan can be followed as written in the guide or easily adapted to meet your family’s particular needs and interests.

A helpful appendix section in the back features literature and supply lists for the entire course, as well as map keys and student activity pages (conveniently perforated and reproducible for easy single-family use).

Within the curriculum, we’ve included four weeks of Hygge History, a special tie-in literature study encouraging parents and students to snuggle up together and enjoy classic tales from four cultures that are studied in this course—the Middle East, Britain, Japan, and Africa. Based on the Danish philosophy of hygge, which emphasizes coziness and comfort, these units are a great way to slow down, connect, and learn more about a particular time and place through storytelling. Each Hygge History unit comes with detailed descriptions of suggested books for that week to help you choose the right one for your child.

Through History Quest: Middle Times, students will learn about the ideas, conflicts, inventions, and individuals that shaped the world during the Middle Ages and take their first step in a life-long quest to explore and appreciate history.


What Material Does History Quest: Middle Times Cover?

Students will learn about events that occurred from approximately 350 CE to the 17th century. Major areas of study include:

  • Islamic innovation
  • Khmer, Mali, Aztec, Inca, Indian, Mughal, Mongolian, and Ottoman Empires
  • Medieval dynasties of China
  • Norse and Viking history
  • The British Isles
  • Medieval Japan
  • The Crusades
  • The Magna Carta
  • The Plague
  • The Hundred Years War
  • Exploration and the New World
  • The Renaissance and Reformation


How is the Material Covered?

Five important learning techniques are woven into each weekly lesson throughout our History Quest Study Guides at age-appropriate levels. Through these techniques, 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.



Discover the story of human history from the Fall of Rome through the rise of the Ottoman Empire and into Elizabethan Times. Read the corresponding History Quest: Middle Times chapter and associated encyclopedia entry. Map the locations and geography of the cultures and civilizations you are studying.


Explore the Middle Ages through imaginary time travel journeys with the History Hop! readings found within the History Quest chapter book. Create History Travel Log pages to mark and remember your journeys.


Create crafts, complete projects, and try recipes that reinforce connection to the past. Cook pottage like a family in a medieval serf village, make a fire-breathing dragon fierce enough for Beowulf, carve your own bas-relief sculpture like the famous Angkor Wat, bake Ethiopian flatbread, make a spitting gargoyle, and much more!


Demonstrate new knowledge and understanding through weekly writing, discussion, copy work, and/or dictation assignments.


Enrich understanding through exposure to multiple sources, including books, online games, and videos. Read from the suggested literature enrichment list and visit websites found on the study guide's Weblinks page.

What is Included with the Study Guide?

  • Thirty-four weekly units with lessons for:
    • Reading assignments from History Quest: Middle Times and The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History with Internet Links
    • History Travel Log entries (a timeline/geography activity)
    • Terms & Concepts (weekly learning goals)
    • Map work
    • Reading comprehension/writing/dictation/copy work
    • Crafts/cooking/artwork/hands-on activities
  • Medieval history blackline maps

  • Hands-on activity instructions

  • Literature and online enrichment recommendations

  • Weekly unit schedules and supply lists

  • Student coloring and activity pages


What Additional Resources and Materials are Needed?

 In addition to this study guide, you will need:

  • History Quest: Middle Times narrative history book or audiobook
  • The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History with Internet Links
  • Hygge History literature books (see Booklist tab)
  • Access to reference material via the library or internet
  • World map
  • Colored pencils for map work
  • 3-ring binder or notebook

View a complete list of supplies needed for projects.


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.

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History Quest: Middle Times Study Guide

Main Spines

1. History Quest: Middle Times
2. The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History with Internet Links

Hygge History Literature

There are four units in this study guide that employ the Danish concept of hygge—a joyful mix of coziness, togetherness, and a general feeling of well-being—where enjoyment of classic literature is your only assignment for the week.

#1 Literature of the Middle East. Choose from the following options:

  1. The Arabian Nights retold by Wafa’ Tarnowska (ISBN 978-1846865688)
  2. Tales from the Arabian Nights: Stories of Adventure, Magic, Love, and Betrayal retold by Donna Jo Napoli (ISBN 978-1426325403)
  3. One Thousand and One Arabian Nights retold by Geraldine McCaughrean (ISBN 978-0-19-275013-6)


#2 Arthurian Literature. Choose from the following options:

  1. Knights of the Round Table by Gwen Gross (ISBN 0-394-97579-0)
  2. Choose one or more of the following from the Tales of King Arthur series by Hudson Talbott:

King Arthur: The Sword in the Stone (ISBN 978-0688094034) King Arthur and the Round Table (ISBN 978-0688113407) Excalibur (ISBN 978-0688133801)

Lancelot (ISBN 978-0688148324)

#3 Japanese Folktales. Choose from the following options:

  1. A Treasury of Japanese Folktales: Bilingual English and Japanese Edition by Yuri Yasuda (ISBN 978-4-8053-1079-3)
  2. Japanese Children’s Favorite Stories, Anniversary Edition compiled by Florence Sakade (ISBN 978-4805312605)
  3. Family movie night with The Tale of the Princess Kaguya


#4 Tales from Africa. Choose from the following options:

  1. Choose any number of the following from the Anansi series:

Ananse’s Feast: An Ashanti Tale retold by Tololwa M. Mollel (ISBN 0-395-67402-6)

Anansi Goes Fishing retold by Eric A. Kimmel (ISBN 0-8234-0918-X)

Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock retold by Eric A. Kimmel (ISBN 0-8234-0689-X)

Anansi’s Party Time retold by Eric A. Kimmel (ISBN 978-0-8234-1922-7) Anansi and the Magic Stick retold by Eric A. Kimmel (ISBN 0-8234-1443-4) Anansi and the Talking Melon retold by Eric A. Kimmel (ISBN 0-8234-1104-4)

  1. African Tales: A Barefoot Collection by Gcina Mhlophe (ISBN 978-1782853596)
 Supplies needed for Middle Times Study Guide:
  • Access to reference material via the library or internet
  • World map
  • Colored pencils for map work
  • 3-ring binder or notebook
  • Supplies for projects


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