Last week, we spoke with Dr. Matthew Green about his new History of London course. This week, we take a peek into the first lecture of the series, a ‘teaser’ on Medieval London in 1390.
The potential of video games for teaching history is receiving increasing recognition. However, the greatest emphasis is on their use as tools in secondary education. The few studies focusing on undergraduate education demonstrate the use of games to create an immersive historical experience with counterfactual options.
It is one of the most popular video games ever created. Moreover, educators are finding ways to use Minecraft as a teaching tool, and one that could be ideal for learning about the Middle Ages.
Dark and visceral, the graphic novel version of Beowulf created by Gareth Hinds is considered to be one of the most successful adaptations of the Old English tale.
Here are a few ideas that teachers can use to teach the Middle Ages with LEGO
A team of teachers is challenged to produce an imaginative and exciting lesson on medieval history inspired by objects given to them in a box.
If you have kids or know kids who you’d like to expose to the Middle Ages, here are a few books you might like to explore over the summer holiday.
Want to know what kind of jobs there were in the Middle Ages?
A list of activities, discussions, and assignments to support teaching the Middle Ages. Many of these suggestions can be adjusted for different ages, but I’ve arranged them in a roughly age-progressive order.
The story of The Hobbit can be utilised to develop the concept of the Hero’s Journey, a persistent trope in oral and recorded literature and an archetype for virtually all human experience.
An Open Virtual Worlds project is allowing people in 2013 to go back nearly seven hundred years to explore one of Scotland’s most important medieval cathedrals.
The Crusades are such a rich source of literary and historical documents that it can be difficult to decide how to focus an abbreviated lesson in an undergraduate survey course.
The case study presented here shows how a project in experimental history applied to a medieval trebuchet was used to solve just such problems by encouraging historical thinking, hypothesis testing of a historical problem, and reinforcing traditional primary source research.
More specifically, it provides educators with a classroom-tested lesson activity for teaching medieval European society content using the game of chess by providing background information on the history of chess, a rationale for including chess in the classroom, and step-by-step procedures to infuse this activity when the topic of feudalism is covered.
This paper presents a hands-on introduction to the medieval astrolabe, based around a working model which can be constructed from photocopies of the supplied ﬁgures.
This study presents a reflection on the teaching of history in secondary education. Specifically, it addresses what topics of the history of the Middle Ages are taught and learned and to what end.
The Hobbit, perhaps more so than Lord of the Rings, is clearly indebted in part to Old English literature and culture, notably in its use of runic writing in the map illustrations and in the story itself, and in the important role of riddles in Bilbo’s confrontation with Gollum
The Pennsylvania State University Medieval Garden: Using a Specialized Garden as an Alternative Teaching and Learning Environment
Since its installation, various colleges within the university as well as community groups have used the garden as an alternative classroom for learning activities, educational demonstrations, and events related to the medieval period.
Looking for printable coloring pages to allow preschoolers and young children learn more about the Middle Ages?
By studying social, political, and economic aspects of the medieval era, students will better understand why their lives are the way they are now.
The main goal of this unit is to introduce life in the Middle Ages and in turn have the students relate Medieval times to their daily lives.
Pinning down Byzantium’s history and political culture, and even trying to determine its chronological limits is one of its challenges, wide open to first-years and professors of Byzantine history alike.
A Case Study of Medieval Japan through Art: Samurai Life in Medieval Japan By Ethan Segal and Jaye Zola Lesson Plan for Grades 11-12 Teachers are encouraged to read “Medieval Japan: An Introductory Essay,” by historian Ethan Segal, prior to conducting this lesson. The introductory essay may also be assigned to students with advanced reading […]
In 2002, TV Choice Educational Resources created a series of three 30-minute films designed for Elementary and High School students about the Middle Ages. They include: Medieval Life 1: Two Families A unique, comic and ultimately tragic insight into how two different families lived in medieval times. On the eve of the outbreak of the […]
A Present Day Trip Back in Time: A Travel Guide of Medieval Castles, Churches, and Roads in Between By Kathryn Nash The Medieval World: Life, Thought, Action, edited by Sally N. Vaughn (Houston, 2005) Introduction: In my curriculum unit, I hope to follow in the spirit of John Steinbeck when he said, “people don’t take trips, trips […]