Middle Ages In Literature For Youth

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The Middle Ages is a common topic of study in U.S. schools. Teachers regularly assign supplemental material, including books and websites, to enhance their students' understanding of the literature or history lessons found in textbooks, and they look to librarians for help in finding material. This comprehensive, practical guide to literature about this time period summarizes and evaluates material about the medieval period written for children and teenagers, including picture books, novels, nonfiction, and ...
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Overview

The Middle Ages is a common topic of study in U.S. schools. Teachers regularly assign supplemental material, including books and websites, to enhance their students' understanding of the literature or history lessons found in textbooks, and they look to librarians for help in finding material. This comprehensive, practical guide to literature about this time period summarizes and evaluates material about the medieval period written for children and teenagers, including picture books, novels, nonfiction, and reference books. Focusing on Western Europe in the years 500 - 1500, this resource is conveniently organized around geographical locations, subjects, and time periods. Each section begins with a brief description of the historical period or group of people. A subject index gives further help to readers looking for particular topics. Works about the Middle Ages are described and evaluated in terms of content, age level, and accuracy. K - 12 teachers and public and school librarians will benefit from this work that will guide them to good books for the students they serve. They will also appreciate the sections of the book that describe professional resources, including books, articles, websites, and classroom activities.
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Editorial Reviews

Teacher Librarian
Evaluates 551 fiction and nonfiction resources...focusing on Western Europe from 500 to 1500. Organized by subject, geographical region and time period, with recommended web sites for each chapter and a chapter on classroom activities.
American Reference Books Annual
A valuable compendium of recent titles for young readers, this resource assists educators and home-schoolers, researchers, librarians, publishers, editors, book dealers, and parents in choosing high-quality works on an intriguing period of history from 500 to 1500....This handy, reasonably priced work is a must for the professional shelf.
Bulletin Of The Center For Children's Books
Useful as an organizing tool...a valuable resource for any school or public library that provides materials for unit studies on the middle ages.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
A valuable compendium of recent titles for young readers, this resource assists educators and home-schoolers, researchers, librarians, publishers, editors, book dealers, and parents in choosing high-quality works on an intriguing period of history from 500 to 1500....This handy, reasonably priced work is a must for the professional shelf.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Useful as an organizing tool...a valuable resource for any school or public library that provides materials for unit studies on the middle ages.
School Library Journal
Searchable by subject, title, location, or author, this is a comprehensive guide to books about the period. Each chapter presents a topic, such as Vikings or Crusades, and then gives annotated lists of both fiction and nonfiction titles. Added features include classroom activities such as creative-writing prompts, medieval measurements using tools from the time period, and math involving computations using Roman numerals. The assignments are not in-depth, but provide a good jumping-off point for teachers. An appendix includes titles that may appear to be about the Middle Ages, but are not accurate enough to be considered historical fiction. Professional sources for educators round out this useful bibliography.-Julie Webb, Shelby County High School, Shelbyville, KY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810849167
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/16/2004
  • Series: Literature for Youth Series , #4
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 0.45 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca Barnhouse teaches literature and writing courses at Youngstown State University, Ohio, where she is involved in outreach programs in the local public schools. She editsThe LYRE Review, an online review journal written for and by young readers.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Introduction Part 3 Chapter 1: Informational Books Chapter 4 Overviews Chapter 5 Daily Life Chapter 6 Knights and Chivalry Chapter 7 Castles Chapter 8 Art and Architecture Chapter 9 Christianity and Monasticism Chapter 10 Plague Part 11 Chapter 2: Reference Works Part 12 Chapter 3: Continental Europe: 500-1100 Part 13 Chapter 4: The Vikings Part 14 Chapter 5: British Isles, 500-1066 Chapter 15 Ireland Chapter 16 Anglo-Saxon England Part 17 Chapter 6: British Isles, 1066-1500 Part 18 Chapter 7: Robin Hood Part 19 Chapter 8: Continental Europe, 1100-1500 Part 20 Chapter 9: The Crusades Part 21 Chapter 10: Joan of Arc Part 22 Chapter 11: Beyond Western Europe Part 23 Chapter 12: Medieval Legends and Folklore Part 24 Chapter 13: Arthurian Legend Part 25 Chapter 14: Professional Resources for Educators Part 26 Chapter 15: Classroom Activities Part 27 Appendix: Not the Middle Ages Part 28 Index Part 29 About the Author
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