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Victory on the Walls: Living History Through Literature (Ancient Era)

Sign up for this course to learn history in an engaging, enjoyable format. You will learn about Ancient Israel and Old Testament history through the protagonist of our story. You’ll then share that knowledge with a fun project of your choice.

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 5th to 9th grade

Suggested credit: 1/2 semester Literature or History. Follow with The Bronze Bow for a 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. These courses will weave the study of literature into a meaningful and engaging encounter with a specific era of history. In Victory on the Walls, we journey to 450 BC and meet thirteen-year-old Bani. Though born in Jerusalem, has lived from infancy with his uncle in beautiful Susa, the city of the Persian King Artaxerxes. Now, his Uncle Nehemiah wants to leave his position of high honor as Cupbearer to the King to return to Jerusalem, a city in ruins and beset by every kind of trouble! Bani is given an unexpected part to play, the outcome of which is to forever change his life. This novel dramatizes a turning-point of history, in 445 BC, when Judaism was re-established in the Promised Land, and purified for her unfolding mission.

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: Victory on the Walls by Frieda Clark Hyman, ISBN-10# 1883937965 or ISBN-13# 978-1883937966. Purchase new from BethlehemBooks.com or used from BookFinder.com. Your student will need Word 2007 or later version or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document (this can be done free online – let us know if you need assistance).

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, January 22 to March 4, 2024 (No class Feb. 19)

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

Duration per class: 45 minutes

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