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- Monday, April 29 - World War II; the British Experience (base notes).
- Tuesday, April 30 - Shoah/the Holocaust (PowerPoint, base notes). If you were not in my grade 11 classes last year -- or even if you were, it is well worth watching Frontline's Memories of the Camps video.
- Wednesday, May 1 - Complete Shoah/the Holocaust (PowerPoint, base notes). If time, we will begin watching The World At War; Genocide (part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.)
- Thursday, May 2 - The Origins of the Cold War (base notes) and PowerPoint.
- Friday, May 3 - Watch Video: Cold War Confrontation from the 20th Century History Series. Watch the first video from CNN's outstanding Cold War series - Comrades; 1917-1945.
We will watch two episodes of Terry Jones' Medieval Lives in class. If you want to see about the lives of other medieval people, here are links to other episodes: The Monk, The Damsel, The Minstrel, The Philosopher, The Outlaw, The King. A terrific documentary about medieval life is Michael Woods' Christina; A Medieval Life. Be sure to watch this if you get the chance. It gives real insight into 14th Century peasant life. Mr. Benoy is particularly fond of this film as it describes medieval live in the English County in which he was born. We may or may not get a chance to work this into a class.
Interested in Medieval weapons? Watch Weapons that Made Britain; The Long Sword, Weapons that Made Britain; the Shield, Weapons that Made Britain; Armour and The Weapons that Made Britain; The Longbow.Watch Battlefield Britain; Hastings about the Norman conquest of Britain.
Interested in medieval lifestyles? Try Clarissa and the King's Cookbook to see how medieval royals ate. Also in the Inside the Medieval Mind series is Belief -- find out about their religious and supernatural beliefs -- with heavy stress being on the supernatural part. Try also Inside the Medieval Church; Power -- about how people were controlled. Try also Inside the Medieval World; Knowledge - what medieval people knew. Investigate life in England's greatest medieval city -- London -- in Filthy Cities; Medieval London- not a pretty place, but like the expanding great cities of the developing world today, a place of horror and opportunity.
In addition to sources noted above, here are some additional links to sites useful for the various Medieval Research Assignments:
General: Netserf has an excellent links page to all things medieval; If you are interested in medieval primary documents, you cannot do better than the Internet Medieval Sourcebook; Another links page to all things medieval can be found at The Labyrinth, from Georgetown University; Find Medieval literature at The Online Medieval and Classical Library; If you are really interested in learning all about art and architecture from this time there is a terrific set of flashcards online at Gardner's Art Through the Ages online resource for chapter 18 - "The Age of Great Cathedrals; Gothic Art."
Castles: An interesting treatment of Welsh castles can be found at Castle - a 47 minute video; Lise Hull's Castles of Britain website is a good starting point for resources. You might also link out from herCastelology links page; Jeffrey L. Thomas' Castles of Wales site is awesome; Battle Castle is a docudrama series about Medieval Castle warfare. Go to the series' website for heaps of background information; Ordinarily I do not recommend commercial sites geared to making money from their efforts, however Medieval-Castle.comhttp://www.medieval-castle.com/ has a wealth of good information geared to about the right reading and content level for this course and another site, Castles and Manor Houses has some pretty wonderful pictures, along with attempts to sell you castle stays. Their links page is pretty good if you are thinking about staying in a special medieval location (talk it up with your parents!); and now that you're really interested in castles, why not think about visiting some of the best? See Travel guru Rick Steve's page - "Medieval Castle Experiences."
The Manor: Medieval Manor - British Social History - Changing Lives - 1066-1984 (7 minute video); Wharram Percy; Deserted Medieval Village (website); Rural Life - sources from the British Library that includes a slideshow; The Monk's Manor is a 45 minute video about archeologists digging up a Monastic manor; History Learning Site's Medieval Manor Houseswebpage is an excellent resource;
The Church: Church, from the British Library,;Church & Crown(video) - a short treatment of the division of power between Kings and the Church; Medieval Minds - another short video which discusses what Medieval peasants believed; from the same series, watchMonastic Life to see what it was like to live in such institutions;
Cathedrals: Building the Great Cathedrals is a one hour documentary; Try The Medieval Mind; How to Build a Cathedral for a one hour video on cathedral construction; The Gothic Cathedral; a Landmark in Engineering is a 26 minute video -- pretty advanced stuff though; Modern Marvels; Gothic Cathedrals is a 45 minute American made video; Watch NOVA's Building the Great Cathedrals(5 minutes); A wonderful summary of Romanesque and Gothic architecture can be found at A White Garment of Churches, from the "Art of the Western World" series;Find great images of Cathedrals at A Digital Archive of Architecture --Romanesque and Gothic pages. Alison Stone's Medieval Architecture site will get you to drawings and photos of an incredible selection of churches in England and France and there is also a very helpful glossary.
The Crusades: Terry Jones' The Crusades; Pilgrims in Arms. is the first film in his series of three documentaries, the others are Jerusalem, Jihad, and Destruction. A great documentary on the Crusades is The Crescent and the Cross, Part 1, Part 2 (1 hour 30 minuteseach). Christianity; A History; The Crusades (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4).
- Monday, April 29 - Video: David Macauley's Castle and questions - (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4). (Optional)Read Castles and Fortifications; Fortifications After the Norman Conquest. Also read Castles and Fortifications; Concentric Castles. If you have time, watch one or more of the following videos on castles by Marc Morris: Episode 1, Episode 2,Episode 3. Find out about Medieval warfare in Battlefield Britain; Battle for Wales (59 minutes).
- Tuesday, April 30 - The revival of trade and growth of towns. Mr. Zoller's Video Podcast; the Revival of Medieval Trade. Hosford Atlas pp. 19-20 & 31. Working alone or in 2s or 3s, answer the following questions: 1) How did its location help Coventry grow? 2) How big did Coventry grow in the 14th century? 3) Were Medieval towns very big by modern standards? 4) What kinds of businesses were found in Coventry? On p. 31, answer the following: 5) What were the main trade goods of Europe in the Middle Ages? 6) What cities dominated Mediterranean trade? What League dominated northern European trade? Handout: Medieval Guild Regulations. Do the questions on the handout. Read pp. 58-63. Do #1-7, p. 63. Watch Mr. Zoller's Video Podcast; Medieval Guilds.
- Wednesday, May 1 - Take up Medieval Guild Regulations. Introduction to Medieval Church architecture - Romanesque to Gothic. PowerPoint - Romanesque to Gothic Architecture. Super-deluxe Benoy field trip and demonstration of Medieval engineering. Handouts: Romanesque to Gothic Architecture - online only - unless you request a copy. If time: Mr. Benoy's slides of Medieval European churches. Read pp. 63-69. Do #1-6, p. 69.
- Thursday, May 2 - Take up #1-6, p. 69. Video: David Macauley's Cathedral and questions. Work on your reports today for homework.
- Friday, May 3 - Video: Illuminations; Treasures of the Middle Ages.Questions (will be posted on the 2nd screen in class): 1. Who wrote medieval books? 2. What were books written on before the Middle Ages? What were medieval books written on? 3. How were medieval books like modern comic books? 4. What kinds of illustrations were found in medieval books? 5. What was a “Book of Hours?” How was it a display of wealth? 6. What kinds of non-religious books were produced in the late Middle Ages? From Old English to Modern English - including the following video examples: Lord’s Prayer in Old English, "The General Prologue" to The Canterbury Tales in Middle English, and this version in modern English. If we have time we will watch a few short samples from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in modern English: "The Host's Speech"from "the General Prologue," the start of the "Pardoner's Tale,""the Sermon" from "the Pardoner's Tale," and "Chanticleer Escapes" from the Nun's Priest's Tale." Work on your research project.