Recommended Ages: 11-17 (Class is offered in two levels)
Start Date: January 9. Class runs for 8 weeks. Students have 2 weeks after the last class is posted to complete the course. No live classes- do the lesson plans on YOUR schedule.
Instructor: Dylan Monshaugen
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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.
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
This is an 8 week class that begins on January 9 and ends on February 27. Students have 2 weeks after that date to complete all work.
I will post all lesson plans and homework assignments on Tuesdays. Discussion occurs throughout the week, as students interact with the instructor and other students via our online message board. 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.
Cost: Total cost for all 8 weeks is $100
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. Material is the same for both levels, it’s the depth of the assignments that are the main difference. Generally, there are a few hands on projects for the students to choose from, allowing them to truly engage with the material they have learned. 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 ages 14 and up, or younger students who are academically gifted, should be placed in Level 2. Level 2 students will have more rigorous homework. 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).
When you enroll, you have the option of having your student graded or not. 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 board, submit assignments, and view instructor feedback on those assignments. Graded students will be required to take the weekly quiz and will receive a number grade for their work in addition to feedback. Please note: All quizzes and some homework assignments that require an online “quiz” like entry will receive a grade.