Ancient and Medieval History Through Literature

From: $79.00 / month for 8 months

Grades: 7th–8th

Live Class: Sec 1: Mon 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET
Sec 2: Thurs 2:00–3:00 p.m. ET

Dates: August 23–April 29

Price: $549

Instructor:  Beverly Graybill

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Course Description

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Comparison of Mrs. G’s world history courses

This literature-based history class integrates the study of world history with English for middle school students, a “two-for-one” approach that fulfills requirements for both English and social studies in one class. Students will use both historical fiction and nonfiction in this class, along with completing several writing and creative projects. English grammar and vocabulary will also be included.

Students will:

  • Learn about famous people, places, and events during ancient times: Fertile Crescent, Ancient Egypt, the Far East, the Indus Valley, Ancient Greece, Ancient Europe including Rome, the Middle East, Ancient Africa, and the ancient 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 Hundred Years’ War.
  • Write multi-paragraph essays, a creative story, and a research paper or speech with much focus on how to revise and edit their writing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of English grammar including: parts of speech, sentence structure, punctuation, and common sentence errors.
  • Identify the elements of fiction through novels read as well as common techniques of literature such as figurative language.
  • Read poetry related to people, places, and events studied, and write poems.
  • Learn new words in context related to history and geography.

Course Structure

Students will have readings and exercises in the workbook each week while also spending 2-3 weeks reading each historical fiction, biography, or nonfiction selection.

  • First semester, students write 3 essays (descriptive, expository, narrative), having 3 weeks for each, as well as a creative project.
  • Second semester, students begin with a creative story (4 weeks), then a persuasive essay (3 weeks), followed by either a research paper or speech (4 weeks), and then wrap up the year with poetry.
  • Grammar and vocabulary exercises are also assigned each week.

Who should enroll?

No course prerequisites are required, but typically 7th or 8th grade students who previously have taken English Foundations 1 or 2 or an equivalent English class are ready for this course. Guidelines for new students include being able to read a 200–300-page novel in 2-3 weeks, able to write a strong paragraph with an opening and closing sentence, and a basic understanding of English grammar.

Students should expect to spend more time completing assignments each week than in a typical English class since we are covering two subjects in one class, but certainly less time than what would be spent on two separate subjects.

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

Separate grades will be given for history and English, with an average of both. Writing assignments receive much feedback during the grading process using a rubric with the effective traits of writing. Grammar and vocabulary exercises are usually graded automatically by Canvas.


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.

Ancient and Medieval History Syllabus

Required Texts


  • World Civilizations and Cultures by Don Blattner, Mark Twain Media, 2012, ISBN 978-1580376341
  • Medieval Times by Frank Edgar and George Lee, Mark Twain Media, 2012, ISBN 978-1580376303
  • Grammar and Composition by Carolyn Kane, Mark Twain Media, 2011, ISBN 978-1580375696

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

I attended Millersville University, earning a B.S. in Special Education, a M.S. in Elementary Education, and a Reading Certificate. After teaching for several years in both public and private schools, I left the world of teaching to start my own family, discovering the amazing world of home schooling! I serve as a home school evaluator in Pennsylvania and have spent more than 20 years teaching at several home school co-ops and successfully graduating all four of my children. Currently, I also teach different grades in a small private school. I love teaching middle school students that writing, literature, and even grammar can be fun.


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