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The Curious Historian Level 3A: The Early Middle Ages (Student Edition)

  • The Curious Historian Level 3A: The Early Middle Ages (Student Edition)
  • The Curious Historian Level 3A: The Early Middle Ages (Student Edition)

The Curious Historian Level 3A: The Early Middle Ages (Student Edition)


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    A one-semester course for grades 7 and up

    The Curious Historian Level 3 is the third part in a 3-level series that presents the study of history and culture from the beginnings of civilization (Mesopotamia and Egypt) through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Students will grow excited about history, see how people throughout the ages were both similar to and different from themselves, and learn to be scholars of the past who can make a difference in the future. The Curious Historian Level 3A: The Early Middle Ages (TCH3A) introduces students to:

    • Unit I: The Divided World of the Early Middle Ages
      • The twilight of the western Roman Empire
      • The feudal kingdoms of western Europe
      • The rise of Islam
    • Unit II: The Carolingian Age
      • The empire of Charlemagne
      • The Vikings
      • The Byzantine Empire
      • The expansion of western Christendom
      • The Normans
    • Unit III: The Eastern World
      • China through an intermediate period to the Sui and Tang dynasties
      • The Gupta Empire and arrival of Islam in India
      • Islamic and Byzantine civilizations

    The TCH3A student edition includes weekly chapter lessons that present a chronological narrative of history. Accompanying sidebars feature historical and archaeological tidbits, discussion questions, and the etymology of key vocabulary derived from Latin and other languages. A wealth of exercises, hands-on projects and activities, maps, and appendices help to present the study of history in an engaging, creative manner.

    Bonus Digital Resources for Level 3A is a collection of PDFs which is complimentary when you purchase The Curious Historian Level 3A Program (or available for purchase separately). These digital files can be printed and either distributed to students or displayed in the classroom:

    • The Curious Historian Level 3A Quizzes (PDF) and Answer Key (PDF) 
    • “Four Categories of Virtues (and Vices)” chart (PDF) from TCH3A appendix C
    • The “Spotlight on Virtue” discussion questions (PDF) from TCH3A appendix C
    • Reference Archive charts from TCH3A appendix G

    Plus: A supplemental Go Deeper PDF will be available to view for free! This resource includes additional information to share with your students or explore for your own interest: fun tidbits, links to museum collections of artifacts, links to virtual tours of medieval ruins and other key sites, and much more. Icons in the teacher’s edition indicate when to reference this optional resource.

    “We believe that history is about more than memorizing dates, reciting lists of kings and emperors, and remembering who won which battle in wars that changed the world forever. History is also the study of the people who lived during those events. From the beginning of recorded time, people have invented new ways to do things, created beauty in dreary places, and erected buildings and monuments that continue to inspire us. Some of these people became well-known figures and others were ordinary men and women like you and me. But all of us are part of the greater tree of humankind, and we each need to know what our part is as a leaf upon that tree. Without an understanding of the past, we will be less equipped to live in the present and plan for the future.” —Dr. Christopher Perrin

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  • Paperback

    ISBN: 9781600516528

    Pages: 486

    Dimensions: 8.5in x 11in

  • Elisabeth G. Wolfe PhD, Author

    Elisabeth G. Wolfe PhD
    A resident of central Texas, Elisabeth G. Wolfe teaches courses in literature and art appreciation online for the Baptist University of Florida. She is also a freelance translator, and she writes historical fiction, with five novellas currently in print. Her publications include a translation of The Apostolic Fathers: An Introduction (Wilhelm Pratscher, ed., Baylor University Press, 2010) and the essay “Þaȝ Hit Displese Ofte: Monastic Obedience in Patience,” which was the lead article in the Summer 2013 issue of Christianity and Literature. Recently, Dr. Wolfe and her writing partner, Enola G. Freeman, released Sister Muses, a short story anthology. Dr. Wolfe studied at Baylor University, earning a BA in Chemistry and German and a PhD in Religion and Literature. Her dissertation focused on the influence of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux on the anonymous fourteenth-century poems in the manuscript Cotton Nero A.x, but she enjoys the Anglo-Saxon era as well. Her other interests include the Inklings, Texas history, classic film and television, a number of fandoms, and music from before 1976.

    Alison Hardy PhD, Author

    Alison Hardy PhD

    Alison Hardy has taught medieval history in Belgium and the UK and currently teaches in Florida at the second-largest university in the United States. She earned a doctorate in 2014 from the University of Oxford with a thesis on monks, saints, and property rights in the early kingdom of England in the tenth and eleventh centuries, before the Norman Conquest. The thesis also featured cowgirls, golden books, and the beer-loving bishops whose handwriting inspired the Times New Roman font. She has published on topics ranging from the multispectral imaging of burnt manuscripts to the impact of North African art and books on the British Isles. Dr. Hardy believes the historian’s skills—including analyzing and questioning sources and considering others’ viewpoints—are essential for navigating the modern world, and she is delighted that young historians are still curious about the Middle Ages.

    Paul Stephenson PhD, Author

    Paul Stephenson PhD

    The author or editor of ten books, Paul Stephenson most recently published New Rome: The Empire in the East (Harvard University Press, 2022), which was named a top 25 history book of the year by The Times (London). A historian of Greece, Rome, and Byzantium, Dr. Stephenson studied at Cambridge University before being appointed to a fellowship at Keble College, Oxford University. In the past three decades, he has held teaching and research posts at universities, museums, and research institutes in seven countries, including four professorial chairs (Wisconsin, Durham, Nijmegen, Lincoln). His research has been supported by the British Academy, Dumbarton Oaks (Trustees for Harvard University), the Humboldt Foundation, the National Hellenic Research Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Onassis Foundation, Princeton University, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, and the University of California.

    Courtney Fu PhD, Author

    Courtney Fu PhD

    A scholar of Chinese history and culture, Courtney R. Fu specializes in women’s history and Chinese fashion in the modern to contemporary eras. She currently teaches at the National University of Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and Lasalle College of the Arts. She obtained her PhD in History and Asian Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2017. Since returning to Singapore, Dr. Fu has worked on reconstructing Singapore's fashion history and was awarded a research grant from the government in an effort to establish the fashion heritage of the country. She has published numerous articles, such as “New Fashion Identity and the State in China: A Decolonial Interpretation,” in both sinology and fashion studies journals. Dr. Fu’s students come from all disciplinary backgrounds, and her greatest joy in teaching is helping students discover fashion in Chinese and Asian histories.

    Aaron G. Larsen DA

    Aaron G. Larsen DA

    Currently teaching history, Latin, logic, and rhetoric at Regents School of Charlottesville in Virginia, Aaron Larsen previously taught at two classical schools in Pennsylvania. In 2001, Dr. Larsen joined a team led by Dr. Christopher Perrin and two other colleagues to help form Classical Academic Press. The motivation behind this endeavor was to produce exceptional Latin and logic curricula for the classical education movement. The first results of this collaboration included the publication of their logic text, The Art of Argument, and the three-volume Latin for Children series. Dr. Larsen is also a coauthor of The Discovery of Deduction: An Introduction to Formal Logic and The Curious Historian series. He earned a BA in history, with minors in philosophy and education, from Covenant College in Georgia. He completed his coursework for his DA in modern world history from St. John's University in New York and went on to write his doctoral thesis on the Meiji Restoration, which, as he likes to say, is “the most important event in world history that nobody’s ever heard of.”

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