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Hi! I'm new here. :) My 8th grade daughter is reading The History of the Medieval World this year. I would love to integrate some appropriate historical fiction and non-fiction literature into her school year, much like the WTM elementary level history booklists. Am I missing a WTM suggestion list anywhere? Thanks. I tried searching this forum, but came up empty. :)

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You might look in the Well-Trained Mind book at grades 6 and 7 for a full list of literature ideas (those are the Medieval/Renaissance years in the logic stage), but here are a few titles, from Susan Wise Bauer's (WTM author) Academic Excellence handout:

Sixth grade, Middle Ages/Early Renaissance: 400-1600 AD
Beowulf: A New Telling, by Robert Nye
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, verse translation by J.R. R. Tolkein
Canterbury Tales, retold by Geraldine McCaughrean
Dante’s Inferno, Cantos I-V, trans. Robert Pinsky
Saint George and the Dragon, from Spenser’s The Fairy Queen retold by Margaret Hodges
The Boy’s King Arthur : Sir Thomas Malory’s History of King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table Edited by Sidney Lanier, original illustrations by N.C. Wyeth.
The Sword in the Stone, T. H. White
Shakespeare Stories, by Leon Garfield

Seventh grade, Late Renaissance/Early Modern: 1600-1850
Don Quixote, abridged (Walter Starkie)
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” Samuel Taylor Colderidge
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Frederick Douglass


Historical Fiction ideas:

The Shining Company (Sutcliff) -- gr. 6-9

- The Shield Ring (Sutcliff) -- gr. 6-8; Viking resistance
- The Story of Rolf and the Viking Bow (French) -- gr. 6-8

- The Red Keep: A Story of Burgundy in 1165 (French) -- gr. 6-8
- The King's Shadow (Alder) -- gr. 6-9; Norman conquest
- The Striped Ships (McGraw) -- gr. 7-9; Norman invasion
- Ivanhoe (Sir Walter Scott) -- gr. 8+; Norman conquest
- Anna of Byzantium (Barrett) -- gr. 7-9

- Catherine Called Birdie (Cushman) -- gr. 5-8
- The Midwife's Apprentice (Cushman)  -- gr. 5-8

- The Ramsay Scallop (Temple) -- gr. 6-9

- The Second Mrs. Giaconda (Konigsburg) — gr. 5-8

- The Prince and the Pauper (Twain) -- gr. 8+
- The Perilous Gard (Pope) -- gr. 7-9
- Lady Grace mysteries (Cavendish) -- gr. 5-7

- A Parcel of Patterns (Walsh) — gr. 7-9
- Master Cornhill (Magraw) — gr. 7-9

Edited by Lori D.
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OP, are you wanting this to count for high school credit? The History of the Medieval World is a high school level book.

If so, I would probably use some of  the medieval texts referenced in the high school great books section of the The Well Trained Mind. Do you own it?

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