Ch 16: The Early Middle Ages: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The early Middle Ages unit of this High School World History course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about the culture and religious conflicts associated with the Middle Ages. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School World History Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about the early Middle Ages. There is no faster or easier way to learn about this period of world history. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about armored knights, feudalism, King Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire, monks and the Vikings.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a history curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and an early Middle Ages unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Early Middle Ages Unit Objectives:

  • Understand how King Charlemagne established, divided and ruled his empire.
  • Define the concept of the Divine Right to Rule.
  • Discuss the relationship between King Charlemagne and the Catholic Church.
  • Explore the history of the monastic movement.
  • Discover the Carolingian Renaissance, including its art and architecture.
  • Study the history of the Vikings.
  • Understand how armored knights helped defend the empire against the Vikings.
  • Explain how the technology behind armored knights helped make feudalism a way of life.

9 Lessons in Chapter 16: The Early Middle Ages: Homeschool Curriculum
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Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

1. Feudalism: Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire

This lesson explains the rule of Charlemagne and his control over the Holy Roman Empire. It highlights his many military conquests and his divine rights as king, while also focusing on the role feudalism played before, during, and after his reign.

Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

2. Charlemagne's Holy Roman Empire and the Divine Right to Rule

This lesson will explore the rule of Charlemagne and his exercise of the divine right of kings. It will highlight his reign as Holy Roman Emperor, focusing on his military conquests and his cultural reforms.

Monasticism from St. Benedict to Cluny

3. Monasticism from St. Benedict to Cluny

This lesson will trace the history of Western monasticism from Benedict to Cluny. It will focus on the Benedictine rule while also highlight monastic contributions to society.

Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics

4. Carolingian Art: History, Style & Characteristics

This lesson covers the art of the Carolingian Renaissance. We'll explore the causes of the Carolingian Renaissance, then see how the art of illumination was adapted for new uses. Then we'll discuss treasure bindings and finish with a quick survey of the few other surviving forms of Carolingian art.

Carolingian Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Examples

5. Carolingian Architecture: Style, Characteristics & Examples

This lesson covers Carolingian architecture. We first look at Charlemagne's place in a long tradition of imperial builders. We then look at features that distinguish Carolingian churches from early Christian churches: piers, transepts, choirs and westworks. Finally, we explore the blueprint of a Carolingian monastery.

History of the Vikings

6. History of the Vikings

This lesson covers the history of the Vikings. We examine the Viking longships and their role in raids. Then we explore the impact these raids had on European history. Next we look at some of the other things the Vikings did besides raiding.

The Technology Behind the Armored Knight

7. The Technology Behind the Armored Knight

This lesson looks at the technology behind the armored knight. We'll follow the development of medieval armor and the development of the saddle. Finally, we'll look at the implications of this expensive form of warfare.

Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

8. Order From Chaos: Establishing Stability through Feudal Ties and Manors

This lesson will explore the impact of feudalism on European society. While explaining the system of feudalism, it will highlight how it offered protection and stability to Europe, specifically after the 5th century fall of Rome.

The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

9. The Slow Decline of the Byzantine Empire

This lesson will explore the slow decline of the Byzantine Empire. It will highlight internal instability and outside invasion as two of the major factors that led to the 1453 fall of Constantinople and the empire.

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