Seventh Grade marks the first time we explore history in such an extensive way. In fifth grade we covered different civilizations – India, Persia, Egypt and Greece in small six-week lessons. In sixth grade we focused on Ancient Rome and the very beginning of the Middle Ages. Now, during seventh grade we will take on the enormous task of exploring the late Middle Ages, Crusades, Renaissance and Age of Exploration. Our journey this year will span many countries and many years in history. Critical thinking has continued to deepen during the past two years and this year represents a historical marker for the child as well as the history they are studying. Just as a whole new age was born during this period in history – so an entire new age is born for the child that is studying it – and these lesson blocks give them the tools to explore and enjoy that new age – to reach beyond their limits – just like the creative leaders of the Renaissance.
During this block the student will study the Late Middle Ages & Crusades. During this time the lands of Europe were transitioning from a locally focused country population to a world where he kings start to organize smaller localities into national powers.