The Curious Historian's Archive: Extra Resources for Level 3B

  • The Curious Historian's Archive: Extra Resources for Level 3B
  • The Curious Historian's Archive: Extra Resources for Level 3B

The Curious Historian's Archive: Extra Resources for Level 3B


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    The Curious Historian's Archive: Extra Resources for Level 3B is a collection of supplemental materials that correspond with The Curious Historian Level 3B: Late Middle Ages and Renaissance (TCH3B). The digital files include:

    • Songs: It is a well-known fact that students rarely forget what they sing! TCH3B includes 4 catchy and entertaining songs that you and your students will enjoy singing in class and even as you go about the rest of your day. The unit songs summarize the key events and cultural pieces included in the chapters. The fourth tune, “Top 12 Things to Remember from TCH3B,” is a great way for students to impress their friends and family with the most interesting tidbits about the late Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and beyond! The lyrics are found in appendix A, and a PDF download of the song lyrics is included for easy reference if your students want to sing in the car, on vacation, or at a friend’s house. A song icon in the text will prompt you to introduce each chapter’s verse(s) to students at the beginning of each lesson. Sample songs coming soon!
    • TCH3B Profiles and Legends (PDF): This collection of optional readings is intended to complement the TCH3B chapters by introducing students to some of the more famous tales of medieval history—such as the story of El Cid—that we did not have room for in our text. The Profile pieces shed further light on interesting historical achievements by important figures, such as Eleanor of Aquitaine, Emperor Huizong of the Song dynasty, and the Scottish reformer John Knox, whom we could only spend a limited amount of space discussing in the context of each chapter.
    • Biblical Connections in TCH3B (PDF): For teachers and parents who would like to integrate religious history/biblical studies with their study of ancient history, we have created a supplemental PDF that draws connections to biblical history and locations, scripture verses, and so forth. Icons in the teacher’s edition indicate when to reference this optional PDF resource.
    • The Curious Historian’s Reading Guide for TCH3B (PDF): For those who would like to continue their exploration of medieval history beyond the pages of our text, we have supplied a recommended reading list, featuring titles for both students and teachers. This PDF includes clickable links for easy browsing and purchasing.
    • Guide to Holding a Medieval Day Event (PDF): A great way for students to review what they have learned in their study of the Middle Ages is a daylong event that celebrates medieval history. This guide for hosting such an event at your school or homeschool co-op includes plans for multiple learning stations, an immersive monastery experience, medieval games, a mystery play, and a catapult battle. 
    • “Master Supply List for the Medieval Day Event” (PDF): This master supply list includes all the materials required for the Medieval Day Event in a convenient, printable checklist.
    • The “Top 12 Things to Remember from TCH3B” (PDF): This beautifully designed and convenient reference sheet can be posted in the classroom or distributed to students.
    • Map Exercises (PDF): The unit review chapters in TCH3B feature exercises that challenge students to recall geographic and political features included in the chapter maps. These printable versions of the map exercises can be used for review or assessment. Answer keys are included.
    • Unit Time Lines (PDF): Featured in the unit introductions and appendix E, the 3 fully designed unit time lines are provided for download so they can be printed and displayed.
    • The Medieval Civilizations Timetable (PDF): This updated version of the timetable found in TCH3A, including kingdoms and civilizations covered in TCH3B, can be projected in the classroom or printed.
    • Printable, full-color master unit time lines and timetables (also found in appendices E and F)

    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 3B: The Late Middle Ages (TCH3B) 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

    “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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  • 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.

    Ashlee Cowles, Author

    Ashlee Cowles taught philosophy, religion, history, literature, and writing at the secondary and college levels for a decade. She fell in love with classical education after spending an entire semester reading and discussing Homer’s Iliad with her ninth-grade students. In partnership with her lifelong friend and coauthor, Danielle Stinson, Ashlee has written two historical novels about the Trojan War for adults under the pseudonym A. D. Rhine: Horses of Fire and Daughters of Bronze (Dutton/Penguin-Random House, 2023 & 2024). She has also written several young adult novels, including The Poppy and The Rose (Owl Hollow Press, 2020) and Beneath Wandering Stars (Simon & Schuster, 2016). Ashlee pursued graduate studies in theological ethics at Duke University and medieval history at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where she wrote her master’s thesis on the humanism of the twelfth-century writer John of Salisbury, whose work influenced liberal arts education during the Middle Ages. In addition to writing historical fiction and K-12 curriculum, Ashlee is a copywriter for the education sector. She lives among the wild beauty of northern Michigan with her husband and children.

    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.”