Ancient and Medieval History Thru Literature

From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades:  7th–8th

Class:  Mon 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET

Dates:  Aug 21–May 3

Price:  $549

Instructor:  Beverly Graybill

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Course Description

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This literature-based history class uses engaging historical fiction and nonfiction to study ancient and medieval world history for middle school students. Students who enroll in this course and English Through World History may receive a discount by choosing the bundle option: English with Ancient History Bundle.

Students will:

  • Learn about famous people, places, and events during ancient times: Fertile Crescent; Ancient Egypt; Ancient India; Ancient China; Ancient Greece; Ancient Rome; the Islamic World; Ancient Africa; China and Japan; and the early Americas.
  • Learn about famous people, places, and events during the Middle Ages including the Dark Ages, the Crusades, nobility, Feudalism, cities, castles, life in the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance and Reformation.
  • Learn new words in context related to history and geography.
  • Compare/contrast the various civilizations studied during ancient times.
  • Identify ancient civilizations and medieval countries on a map.

Course Structure

Students will have readings in the text and activities posted in Canvas each week to review the material, including a review “quiz” at the end of each week. During class, review games will reinforce the material studied and students will teach mini-lessons as well. Other live class activities include readers’ theater plays.

Course Assignments will include:

  • Readings in the text including review questions; history reviews in Canvas.
  • Various worksheet type activities posted in Canvas.
  • Optional: read historical fiction or biographies related to the topics being studied, sharing new facts learned with classmates.
  • Research mini-topics, sharing facts with classmates.
  • Two major projects, one each semester, on one ancient civilization and the Middle Ages.

Technology Requirements

  • High speed, broadband Internet
  • Headset and microphone (for live sessions)
  • Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
  • Microsoft Word and Power Point are very helpful. If a different word processing program is used, students will need to save or export documents to a pdf.

Evaluation and Feedback

All exercises in Canvas will be graded and averaged for a final grade. Optional tests will be assigned. Projects will receive additional feedback so that improvements can be made along the way.


Parents are welcome to contact me with any questions before registering their student. Once I know a student has registered, the family will receive a welcome packet with additional information about the course. I will contact parents if there is a concern with students not keeping up with the work or frequently turning in late assignments.

Required Texts

World History: Ancient Civilizations Through the Renaissance (Student Edition) Holt McDougal, 2012. ISBN: 978-0547485829

Alternatively, purchase World History (Student Edition) Holt McDougal, 2012. ISBN: 978-0547485805 The first 19 chapters are identical, which is what we cover in this class. The remaining chapters will be covered in the Modern World History class. (Amazon link:

Students will need additional books for reference as well as historical fiction and/or biographies and nonfiction. Many of these can be obtained from your local library. View the recommended reading list: Aim Academy Ancient and Medieval World History Book List 



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Instructor Bio

Bev Graybill

Bev has known since she was in elementary school she’d become a teacher, having taught her one-year-younger brother everything she knew! After attending Millersville University and earning a B.S. in Special Education, a M.S. in Elementary Education, and a Reading Certificate, she taught for several years in both public and private schools and then left the world of teaching to start her own family.  From there, she discovered the amazing world of home schooling, teaching all of her four children for at least some of their years of school and teaching for more than 20 years at several different co-ops.  She currently also serves as a home school evaluator in Pennsylvania.  With a goal of visiting all 50 of the states, she and her husband have just a few more to go!   She also looks forward to becoming a grandma some day, but for now, her only “grandchild” is a pet pig!

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