Medieval History (6-8)

When is this class offered?

Teacher: Sandra Williams



A Good Books’ Approach to Medieval History

History is dynamic and exciting when you approach it with real books, compelling human stories, maps, timelines, and living history applications.  This class is designed to encourage a love for history.  We will anchor each book on a timeline and on a map, and we will study the appropriate history, culture, and geography in some depth.  Students are invited to experience history through “living books.”  We will approach each book in light of a challenge involved in growing up such as finding courage, making decisions, overcoming hardships, etc.

Students will discuss stories, examine maps, update personal timelines, and enjoy multimedia presentations.  Some activities may be enjoying a typical meal, building structures, learning poems or phrases in the language, building dioramas, mapping routes or countries, studying art, or acting out portions of the story.  (Past classes have enjoyed doing archery in response to Rolf.)  Students will keep notebooks to document their work and to encourage organizational skills.

The class will begin with The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow, by Allen French.  It begins in Iceland, with the family of a man named Hiarandi.  When Hiarandi does a good deed, it leads to a grave injustice.  His son, Rolf, must struggle against this injustice and that makes for a tale that students love, that is hard to put down.

Students’ responses to each book will help determine the choices of what to read next, but the list for Early Medieval History includes:  Son of Charlemagne, by Barbara Willard and Beorn the Proud, by Madeleine Polland.  Later, choices include Red Falcons of Tremoine, by Henry Peart; Genghis Khan, by Harold Lamb; Big John’s Secret, by Eleanore M. Jewitt; The Novice’s Tale, by Margaret Frazer.  We will at least touch upon Norse Mythology, the rise of Christian Europe, the Fall of Constantinople in 1453, and The Canterbury Tales.


The Story of Mankind, by Hendrik Willem Van Loon.  [$7.99 in paperback at Amazon; $.99 in Kindle] This book earned the very first Newberry Award.


  • Tuition**
    Choose one of the following payment terms:
  1. $170 per semester
  2. $42.50/month for 10 months, August-May

Tuition is due at the first class session of the semester/month.
$5 late fee.

  • Materials Fee**
    A $50 non-refundable fee is due at registration to secure your student’s spot in the class.  All other materials/Lab fees are included in the tuition.


  • This course is appropriate for grades 6-8.
  • The class meets once each week for 1 1/2 hours.
  • Students will need to bring The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow to our first class, and instructor will help find subsequent books (used) at the lowest available prices.
  • Students will need 3-ring binders with dividers
  • Instructor will provide maps and will teach students to construct their own notebook timelines.
  • Parents can expect to buy 2-3 paperback books a month.

* In addition to course costs, AN ADMINISTRATIVE FEE is due FOR EACH STUDENT on the first day of EACH SEMESTER.  See COSTS PAGE for further information.