This Week: The Real Vikings
Post date: Dec 31, 2019 1:16:46 AM
Welcome back! Christmas has come and gone and New Year is days away, so it's time to get back to learning lots and having fun.
For the next two weeks we are reading a nonfiction piece called The Real Vikings by Melvin and Gilda Berger. The Real Vikings takes a look at a people commonly known as the Vikings who entered history in about 700 CE and then slowly faded away by about the 1300s. For about 300 years of European history, the Vikings dominated Northern Europe. They were a scourge on other kingdoms as the Vikings often conducted surprise raids of European lands. They would attack without warning, take everything they could carry, and then be gone before help could arrive. Some historians even attribute the entire feudal system in Medieval Europe as a response to Viking attacks.
The influence of the Vikings in the world can be felt even today as many of our days and months (in English) have Viking names and their myths and stories, gods and heroes still live with us today. But who were these people? One reason Vikings are so popular is because they are such a mystery. We know little about them, but archaeologists are uncovering more and more every year. This week we look at some of what we have learned. What we do know is that the Vikings were the first Europeans to reach and settle North America, they traded with people, as far away as Iraq, and they are responsible for the rise of such nations as England, France, and Russia. I hope the kids enjoy learning more about these fascinating people.
Below is a copy of our handout for this week with the spelling words, vocabulary words, and grammar concept. We will practice comparing and contrasting ideas in nonfiction with this selection and write a short compare and contrast essay at the end of the week. I have also posted a slideshow of the vocabulary words for students to review below and a video to learn more about the Vikings. Enjoy.