Vikings and Their Far-Reaching Influence$120
About this course
Recommended Ages: This class is ideal for students ages 11-17. Younger academically gifted students will be accepted.
Levels: This class is offered in 2 levels. The material is the same for both levels, the assignments are different. Level 1 is recommended for younger students and Level 2 is recommended for older students or academically advanced younger students.
Start Date: Course consists of 8 lesson plans. No live classes- view lesson plans on YOUR schedule. SUMMER SCHEDULE IN EFFECT!! We will release ALL lesson plans on June 2 and you will have until August 11 to complete all work. Final reports will be issued on August 12. However, we will accept enrollments for this class until it is full or until June 9- allowing students to join the course at any time and ensuring they have enough time to complete their work. This gives you complete freedom during the summer to do the work! Instructors will still be grading and giving feedback for students weekly, but there will be no weekly deadlines- only the final course deadline of August 12.
There are so many events that happened with the Vikings that covering them all is very difficult in 8 weeks! Therefore, this class will focus on some of the events that Vikings were involved in spanning the globe. Vikings are traditionally not given credit for the development of much of modern Europe, when they have had much more influence than most people think. They were some of the first Russians, fought in the Crusades, conquered Paris and England, and even were some of the first Europeans in North America. These somewhat unknown events shaped much of European history, but were not necessarily credited to the Vikings. This class seeks to change that! And the best part? You get to follow me to SWEDEN, where I’ll be shooting videos on location in many historical Viking areas, really bringing the Vikings to life!
Students will learn the basics about Viking culture, including their religion, ships, culture, and combat style, and what set them ahead of some of their counterparts in Europe at the time. From there, we will jump into some of the events spanning Europe that involved the Vikings. We will start in present day England and France, the first mainland European contact the Vikings made. From there we will cover the Rus and Vikings in the Mediterranean. Finally we will study the Viking excursions to Greenland, Iceland, and North America. The idea of studying the Vikings’ far reaching influence on the world is to give the students more perspective on just how much they effected the world. Students can look into their own heritages, and see what effect the Vikings may have had upon their ancestors.
DISCLAIMER This is history, not math. There is not a right and wrong, black and white answer to everything! So much in history can be subjective and argued over endlessly. I’m presenting the facts the best I can from various sources I’ve researched. I don’t consider any history book to be 100% accurate. It’s impossible. And same with this course. I compiled my research and put together the most authentic story I could, considering I wasn’t personally privy to the goings on during this time period. 😉
This is an academically advanced class, and not recommended for most children under 11 (but we trust that you know your child’s abilities better than we do!). Younger students 11-13 should usually be placed in Level 1. Students age 14 and up, or younger students who are academically gifted, should be placed in Level 2. Level 2 students will have more rigorous homework.
LESSON PLANS: This is an 8 week class. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete all work. Weekly lesson plans are posted on Tuesdays by 5pm Pacific Time. There is no “live” component to this class, which allows students to work at their own pace. This is a great option for busy students who need to work on their own schedule, and students who live all over the world and can’t easily coordinate time zones.
Lesson plans are a combination of power point, graphics, video, and audio. Each slide is fully narrated for students who prefer to hear material read to them. There is no textbook for this course.
DISCUSSION:There are weekly discussions about the lesson plan with the instructor. We also offer an “open talk” forum where students can have fun getting to know their classmates!
ASSIGNMENTS: Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that is the main difference. Most weeks, students get to choose from a list of exciting and fun hands on projects to let them really dig deep into topics in the lesson plan that interest them the most! The goal is to allow students to explore the topic while allowing their creativity to flow. We encourage out of the box thinking! Generally projects can be submitted in any format of the student’s choosing…written, presentation, poster, stop motion animation, minecraft, song, skit…we’ve seen it all!! Check out our facebook page for examples of student projects. All students receive instructor feedback on submitted work.
QUIZZES: Online quizzes are available each week as a tool for students to see how well they understand the material. Format is generally multiple choice, matching, true/false, and fill in the blank.
GRADES: All students will have access to our online learning system where they can view their lesson plan and assignments, take optional quizzes, access our discussion boards, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. You have the option of having your student’s assignments graded or not. In a given semester, you choose whether you want all or none of that student’s classes to receive grades (for example, if they are taking 3 classes, all 3 classes must be either graded or not graded). You can change the option the following semester. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their assignments in addition to feedback. They will also receive a final report card that you can print and keep for your records. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.
TIME: In general, expect 1-1.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time).
Week 1: Religion and Mythology
Week 2: Culture, Technology, and Tactics
Week 3: The Invasion of England
Week 4: The Invasion of Paris
Week 5: The Rus
Week 6: In Warmer Waters: Vikings in the Mediterranean
Week 7: Greenland, Iceland, and North America
Week 8: The End of the Viking Era and the Consequences of Conquering
Our course begins with the first step for generating great user experiences: understanding what people do, think, say, and feel. In this module, you’ll learn how to keep an open mind while learning.