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The Bronze Bow: Living History Through Literature (Ancient Era)

Sign up for The Bronze Bow to learn history in an engaging, enjoyable format. You will learn Roman and New Testament history through the protagonist of our story and share that knowledge with a fun project of your choice.

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 5th to 8th grade

Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Literature or History. Precede with Victory on the Walls for one full semester credit.

Special notes: This course only takes 22 students. We recommend registering early. This is one of four courses in the Living History Through Literature Series (Ancient Era). Students can sign up for just one, all four, or anywhere in between. Two 6-week courses are offered in the fall and two are offered in the spring. They are offered consecutively.


Living History Through Literature is a project-based course series offered to 5th through 8th grade students. These courses will weave the study of literature into a meaningful and engaging encounter with a specific era of history. In The Bronze Bow, we meet Daniel, a fierce, hotheaded young man bent on avenging his father’s death by forcing the Romans from his land of Israel. Daniel’s palpable hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the gentle lessons of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth.
Students will explore the characteristics of a great hero while learning about America’s history. 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: The Bronze Bow, by Elizabeth George Speare, ISBN-10# 0395137195 or ISBN-13# 978-0395137192. Purchase new from your favorite bookseller or used from BookFinder.com.

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.

Important Dates

Class dates: Mondays, March 11 to April 29, 2024 (No class March 25 or April 1)

Starting Time: 9:00 am Eastern (8:00 am Central; 7:00 Mountain; 6:00 Pacific)

Duration per class: 45 minutes

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