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Spring Tide: Living History Through Literature (Medieval Era 5)

Welcome to the 6-week project-based literature and history course discussing the Medieval Era . In this middle school course, students will study the historical context of the novel and participate in engaging literature discussions and hands-on projects.

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 5th to 9th

Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Medieval Literature or Literature. Precede with Spring Tide: Living History Through Literature (Medieval Era 6) to receive one full semester of credit (12 weeks of classes). 


Living History Through Literature is a project-based course series offered to 5th through 9th grade students. These courses will weave the study of literature into a meaningful and engaging encounter with a specific era of history. In LHTL: Medieval History 6: Augustine Came to Kent, it is 597 A.D. and young Wolf has journeyed many difficult miles from Rome to the land of his birth. He witnesses this historic meeting between the Saxon King of Kent and the man would be known as St. Augustine of Canterbury. Wolf must also face the unknown to see the cross firmly replanted in English soil. Students will study the historical context of the novel and participate in engaging literature discussions. In this project-based course, students will engage in short quizzes and in projects of their choice. Project options will include fiction writing, preparing period-specific food and/or costumes, creating lap books, recreating scenes from the novel (Legos, clay, K’nex, digital drawing, hand-drawing, etc.), building a timeline, mapping, and more.


Class 1: Overview of Historical Context and Novel Introduction

Class 2: Literature Discussion; Project Introduction

Class 3: Literature Discussion; Cultural Overview

Class 4: Literature Discussion; Fiction Writing Tips

Class 5: Literature Discussion; Final Project Instructions

Class 6: Literature Analysis and Historical Connections; Student Project Showcase

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Spring Tide by Mary Ray: ISBN: 978-1-932350-34-0 from Bethlehem Books: https://bethlehembooks.com/product/spring-tide/. Your student will need either PowerPoint, Google Slides, or Keynote to create a Final Project. Google Slides and Keynote can be found free online. 

Homework: Weekly quizzes and reading assignments. Each week, students will work on one project-based assignment that will culminate in a final novel project submission (due at the end of week 6). Homework (including novel reading) will take 1.5-3 hours per week. Parents are encouraged to support younger students by reading texts aloud and helping with project planning and execution. No answer key booklet is included with this course.

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