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Medieval History: Shining a Light on the Dark Ages


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The Middle Ages is also known as the Dark Ages, but it was not a period of lost time.  Important developments in the years following the Fall of Rome set the stage for the Renaissance to come.  Join us as we uncover the truth about this often misunderstood and mysterious period in World History. Be there as we shed light on the early Church, nation-building, the Age of Chivalry and much more.  Assignments will focus on primary sources as a supplement to the textbook.

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Note: The teacher accepts advanced junior high students, but this is a high school credit course.

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The Book of the Middle Ages by Dorothy Mills (2nd edition) ISBN: 9781547702398

Becky Frank has been steeped in American History from her early days growing up on the family farm in Northeastern North Carolina. Although Barrow Creek Farm has been in her family since the 1680s, her parents were the first to live on it in three generations. On the farm she learned to milk cows, sheer sheep, and drive a tractor.

After an internship at Historic Edenton, she received a B.S. in Public History from Appalachian State University in 1992. Answering God’s call to teach in a classroom setting, she added teacher certification from East Carolina University to her degree in 1998. Becky then taught social studies in Gates County, North Carolina where her classes included U.S. History, World History, Economics, Government, and Humanities. In 2003 she married her husband John and left the classroom to start a family.

Becky has been teaching online for more than 10 years.  She also homeschools her three children and is an active leader in the Children’s and Youth’s ministry at her church. She also enjoys gardening, cooking, scrapbooking and long walks with her kids and the family dog. Sharing the heritage of our great country is one of her passions as well. Her lifelong dream is to return to the family farm and make a portion of the acreage a living history site.

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2 reviews for Medieval History: Shining a Light on the Dark Ages (5/5 stars)

  1. Jessica W

    My daughter was not necessarily interested in the content of this class, but she absolutely wanted another class with Mrs. Frank. Though the content is meaty, Mrs. Frank did a wonderful job of engaging her students with the medieval times and making it feel relevant to today. Highly recommend!

  2. L.Y.

    Daughter enjoyed the projects and lectures were fascinating! She learned so much and had fun

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