Grade 7

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Unit 1: Links to the Ancient World



The Roman News
by Andrew Langley and Philip De Souza
Candlewick, 1996 (32p)
The authors depict life in ancient Rome through the form of a newspaper with news stories, lively articles on daily life, and letters to the editor.

Fossil Detective
by Joyce Pope
Troll, 1994 (32p)
Students learn about the nature and origin of fossils and what's involved in the collection and study of them.

Writing and Arithmetic: Ancient Civilizations (3500 B.C.- A.D. 1)
by Paul Russell
Tambourine, 1994 (48p)
The author explains how people wrote and computed in ancient civilizations of Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Mystery History of the Roman Colosseum
by Rhiannon Ash
Millbrook, 1997 (32p)
Using mazes and puzzles to solve a mystery, students learn about Roman history.


How We Know About the Romans
by Louise James
Bedrick, 1997 (32p)
The author explains how historical knowledge is gleaned from the work of archaeologists and anthropologists.

The Roman Colosseum
by Fiona Macdonald
Bedrick, 1996 (48p)
Clear prose and detailed illustrations guide the reader through the Colosseum. By the same author, see also A Roman Fort and A Roman Villa.

Scrawl! Writing in Ancient Times
by Lerner Geography Department
Runestone, 1994 (96p)
The text explores various forms of writing from several ancient civilizations.

Street Smart! Cities of the Ancient World
by Lerner Geography Department
Runestone, 1994 (80p)
The authors explain how ancient cities in Rome, Greece, and Egypt were built and what functions they had in their cultures.

Piece by Piece! Mosaics of the Ancient World
by Lerner Geography Department
Runestone, 1993 (64p)
Archaeologists study mosaics to learn about life in the ancient worlds.

India's Gupta Dynasty
by Kathryn Hinds
Benchmark, 1995 (80p)
Maps, reproductions, and photographs illustrate this book about the Gupta dynasty, which includes a section on what young people experienced in everyday life then.

The Byzantine Empire
by James A. Corrick
Lucent, 1997
The author provides an overview of the Byzantine Empire and its cultural and historical legacy.


Ancient India: Land of Mystery
by Time -Life Editors
Time-Life, 1994 (228p)
The finds of archaeologists clarify what life was like in ancient India.

The Battle of Marathon: Battles of the Ancient World
by Don Nardo
Lucent, 1996 (112p)
This account of the famous battle shows how the Athenians defeated the Persians.

The Emperor's Winding Sheet
by Jill Paton Walsh
Farrar, 1992 (288p) paper
In this historical novel, a shipwrecked English boy finds his way to the court of Constantine and there finds he must always stay near the king.

The Eagle's Daughter
by Judith Tarr
Forge, 1996 (224p)
This historical novel recounts how the Empress Theophano finds herself in a major war of succession when Otto II dies suddenly and leaves his empire to his four-year-old son.


Heroes, Gods, and Emperors from Roman Mythology
by Kerry Usher
Bedrick, 1992 (132p)
Black-and-white and color illustrations enchance this collection of stories from Roman mythology.

Demons, Gods, & Holy Men from Indian Myths and Legends
by Shahrukh Husain
Bedrick, 1995 (132p)
This collection contains Hindu as well as other myths and legends from India.


The Age of Augustus
by Don Nardo
Lucent, 1996 (112p)
The author details the prosperous reign of Augustus Caesar and includes lengthy quotations from primary and secondary sources.

What Life Was Like When Rome Ruled the World: The Roman Empire,
100 B.C.- A.D. 200

by Time Life Editors
Time-Life, 1997 (192p)
From the reign of Julius Caesar to the death of Hadrian, this volume concentrates on the accomplishments of the Roman Empire.

Byzantium: The Decline and Fall
by John Julius Norwich
Knopf, 1996
This volume completes Norwich's trilogy on Byzantium. See also Byzantium: The Early Centuries and Byzantium: The Apogee.



Latitude and Longitude 22 min.
National Geographic, 1994

Every Stone Has a Story 20 min.
National Geographic, 1995

Ancient Rome 15 min.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1993


Ancient World 2000 (Computer-Interactive Videodisc)
Decision Development, 1995

Ancient Civilizations (CD-ROM)
ENTREX Software, 1995

Rescue Geo 1 (CD-ROM)
Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997

World Geo Graph II (Floppy Disk)
Learning Company, 1993

Picture Atlas of the World (CD-ROM)
Now What Software, 1995

Unit 2: The Growth of Islam



by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi
Holiday, 1996 (32p)
Young Hakeem joins his family in fasting and feasting to celebrate Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim lunar year.

Medieval Places
by Sarah Howarth
The Millbrook Press, 1991, ISBN 1-56294-152-6, pgs 47
The author presents detailed information concerning Medieval Europe focusing on feudal estates and towns.

What Do We Know About Islam?
by Shahrukh Husain
Bedrick, 1996 (44p)
The author asks basic questions about the beliefs, practices, sacred places, and books of Islam and provides clear, unbiased answers.

by Rosalind Kerven
Raintree, 1996 (31p)
From the World of Holidays series, this book looks at the observance of significance of Id-ul-Fitr.

The Storytellers
by Ted Lewin
Lothrop, 1998 (32p)
In Fez, Morocco, Abdul and his grandfather stop by an old gate, where Grandfather performs as a storyteller and crowds gather to listen.


The Rise of Islam
by John Child
Bedrick, 1995 (64p)
The author takes a historical look at Islam, discussing its origins.

by Shahrukh Husain
Dillon, 1993 (48p)
From the Holy Cities series, the author explores Mecca, the spiritual center of Islam.


The Spread of Islam
by John Dunn
Lucent, 1996 (128p)
The growth of Islam has spread to many lands, and today many millions practice it.

The Times Atlas of World History,
Hammond Fourth Edition, 1994, ISBN 0-7230-0534-6, pgs 360.
This reference presents historical maps and content detailing the spread of Islam and the Muslim empires.

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources
by Martin Lings
Inner Traditions Ltd., 1987 paper
This engaging narrative tells of the life of the Prophet Muhammad, based on the biography by Ibn Hisham.


Anthology of Islamic Literature: From the Rise of Islam to Modern Times
by James Kritzeck
New American Library, 1989 paper
The author provides a useful compendium of literature, poetry, tales, historical treatises, and other genres of writing.


The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveller of the 14th Century
by Ross E. Dunn
U. of California, 1990
This is an account of Ibn Battuta's twenty-years of travel from Morocco to China.

The Hajj: The Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca and the Holy Places
by F. E. Peters
Princeton U., 1994 (399p)
Included here are firsthand accounts of travelers who have made the pilgrimage to Mecca.



Middle East: History and Culture 20 min.
Barr Films, 1993


Non-European World History
(Computer-Interactive Videodisc)
Instructional Resources, 1996

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Unit 3: Sub-Saharan Africa



Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions
by Margaret Musgrove
Puffin, 1992 (32p) paper
This award-winning book combines beautiful illustrations with factual information about African peoples, their history, and culture.

African Beginnings
by Jim Haskins and Kathleen Benson
Lothrop, 1998 (48p)
In this first volume of a planned seven-part series, the authors present overviews of several ancient African kingdoms, including Nubia, Ghana, Mali, Songhay, and Kongo.

Sundiata: Lion King of Mali
by David Wisniewski
Clarion, 1992 (32p)
In the thirteenth century, Sundiata overcame physical handicaps, social disgrace, and strong opposition to rule the West African trading empire of Mali.

The Dogon of West Africa
by Christine Cornell
Rosen, 1996 (24p)
The author looks at the lives of the Dogon, who live in Mali and Burkina Faso.

Mufaro's Beautiful Daaughters
by John Steptoe
Lothrop, 1987 (32p)
This award-winning, beautifully illustrated book retells a Zimbabwean Cinderella story.


Shaka: King of the Zulus
by Diane Stanley
Morrow, 1989 (40p) also paper
This biography of the Zulu king records the struggles of his youth as well as his later triumphs and tragedies.

Songhay: The Empire Builders
by Philip Koslow
Chelsea, 1995 (64p) paper
Students learn about the trading state of Songhay, which reached its peak in the 1400s and 1500s, and controlled trade across the Sahara.

Mali: Crossroads to Africa
by Philip Koslow
Chelsea, 1995 (64p) also paper
The author tells the history of the West African empire that flourished from 1240 to 1500 and became part of Sundiata's empire.

Centuries of Greatness: The West African Kingdoms 750-1900
by Philip Koslow
Chelsea, 1994 (64p) also paper
Beginning with Ghana, Koslow traces early African kingdoms and their high levels of civilization.

Kongo, Ndongo: West Central Africa
by Kenny Mann
Dillon, 1996 (105p)
The author uses legends, oral histories, and recorded events to trace the histories of these ancient African kingdoms.

The Royal Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Shongay: Life in Medieval Africa
by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack
Holt, 1993 (160p) also paper
The authors explore the history and culture of these three kingdoms.

Metropolis: Ten Cities, Ten Centuries
by Albert Lorenz
Harru N. Abrams, Inc., 1996, pgs: 64, .
This book shows life in ten cities, including 15th-century, East-African city-state Mozambique, throughout history. The author effectively presents conditions of this city-state upon the arrival of the Portuguese.


From Afar to Zulu: A Dictionary of African Cultures
by Jim Haskins and Joan Biondi
Walker, 1995 (212p)
With maps, illustrations, and photos, the authors introduce thirty ethnic African peoples from pre-Islamic times through the present.

African Folktales: Traditional Stories of the Black World
edited by Roger D. Abrahams
Pantheon, 1983
This collection contains almost one hundred tales of universal themes that also evoke unique African culture and traditions.

The Eye, The Ear, and the Arm
by Nancy Farmer
Orchard, 1994 (311p) also paper
In this popular fantasy, set in Zimbabwe of the past and the future, the childen of the chief of security are kidnapped.

Ibn Battuta: Prince of Travelers
National Geographic, December 1991, Vol 180 No. 12. (2-49pp)
This article retraces the steps of Ibn Battuta's journeys throughout the known world including the kingdom of Mali.

The Times Atlas of World History
Hammond Fourth Edition,1994, pg 135.
This reference presents a historical maps and content including several maps displaying African nations and trade routes prior to European contact.


Kings, Gods, and Spirits from African Mythology
by Jan Knappert
Bedrick, 1993 (88p)
This collection of colorful tales proves again the universal appeal of myth across the cultures of the world.

Tokoloshi: African Folktales Retold
by Diana Pitcher
Tricycle, 1993 (64p)
The seventeen folktales are primarily Bantu, set against a background of Zulu life and customs.


Africa's Glorious Legacy
by Time-Life
Time-Life, 1995 (168p)
This richly illustrated book focuses on the life and customs of people in ancient Nubia, the kingdoms of Mali, Ghana, Benin, and Zimbabwe.

African Art: An Introduction
by Frank Willett
Thames & Hudson, 1993 (288p)
In this revised edition of Willett's book, the author discusses many facets of African art, from the ancient kingdoms through the present.



Crossing the Ancient Desert 11 min.
Stanton Films, 1995

Africa: Land and People 24 min.
Africa Series
Barr Films, 1990


STV: World Geography; Africa and Europe (Computer-Interactive Videodisc)
National Geographic, 1994

Africa Trail (CD-ROM)
The Learning Company, 1995

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Unit 4: Asian Civilizations



The Mongols
by Robert Nicholson
Chelsea, 1994 (32p)
Daily life, religion, clothing, and food are a few of the points discussed.

The Silk Route: 7,000 Miles of History
by John S. Major
Harper, 1995 (32p) also paper
This handsomely illustrated book tracks goods on a journey from China to Byzantium via the Silk Route in 700 B.C.

The Great Wall of China
by Leonard Everett Fisher
Aladdin, 1995 (32p)
With dramatic black-and-white illustrations, Fisher tells the story of the construction of the 4,000-mile wall that made China a fortress.

Yeh-Shen: A Cinderella Story from China
by Ai-Ling Louie
Philomel, 1990 (32p)
The vibrant illustrations by Ed Young enhance this retelling of the Chinese version of the Cinderella story.

The Song of Mulan
by Jeanne M. Lee
Front Street, 1995
Mulan disgusies herself as a boy to join the Khan's soldiers in fighting the invading Tartars. In English and Chinese.

What Do We Know About Buddhism?
by Anita Ganeri
Bedrick, 1997 (44p)
The author explains the origins and practices of Buddhism.


Marco Polo: A Journey Through China
by Fiona Macdonald and David Salariya
Watts, 1998 (32p)
Presented here is an account of Marco Polo's travels and his stay at the court of Kubla Khan.

Silk and Spice Routes
by Paul Strathern and Struan Reid
Silver, 1994 (48p)
Trade between East and West is explored in the four books in this series: Exploration by Land, Exploration by Sea, Inventions and Trade, and Cultures and Civilizations.

Oracle Bones, Stars, and the Wheelbarrows: Ancient Chinese Science and Technology
by Frank Ross
Houghton, 1982 (192p) also paper
Discussed are the achievements of the ancient Chinese in astronomy, medicine, botany, and engineering, as well as Chinese inventions including gunpowder, the compass, and printing.

The Ancient Chinese
by Hazel Mary Martell
Macmillan, 1993 (64p)
The author focuses on various aspects of ancient Chinese culture, such as art, religion, government, and everyday life.

Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shoguns
by Rhoda Blumberg
Lothrop, 1985 (144p) also paper
Commodore Perry's expedition opened the closed society of Japan to the Western world.

Inside a Samurai Castle
by Fiona Macdonald
Bedrick, 1995 (48p)
Macdonald gives an overview of the education and training of samurai and their role in feudal Japan.

Incredible Cross Sections
by Stephen Biesty
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1992, pgs: 48
This book presents a variety of cross-sections that illustrate how buildings, tools, and vehicles operate.

The New Way Things Work
by David Macaulay
Houghton Mifflin, 1998, pgs: 400
This book presents several detailed diagrams and descriptions from digital cameras to CD-Players illustrating how they operate.

Metropolis: Ten Cities, Ten Centuries
by Albert Lorenz
Harru N. Abrams, Inc., 1996, pgs: 64, .
This book shows life in ten cities, including a 13th-century Mongol tent city with Genghis Khan.


The House of Sixty Fathers
by Meindert De Jong
Harper, 1956 (192p) also paper
This classic story tells young Tien Pao's journey to find his family when they become separated during the Japanese invasion of China.

Den of the White Fox
by Lensey Namioka
Browndeer, 1997 (216p)
In their latest adventure the masterless samurai warriors Zenta and Matsuzo find danger and intrigue as they wander through medieval Japan.

The Samurai's Tale
by Eric Haugaard
Houghton Mifflin, 1984 (256p) also paper
This classic story, set in sixteenth-century Japan, is about the orphaned Taro, who becomes a samurai fighting for the enemies of his dead family.

Everyday Life in Medieval Times
by Marjorie Rowling
Putnman, 1968, pgs: 228.
This book describes the people, places, and the state of science and technology in medieval Europe. Chapter 10 of the book provides examples such as paper-making, a process that spread from China and the Middle East to Europe much earlier than the 13th century.

The Travels of Marco Polo
by Marco Polo
The Orion Press, pgs: 356
This book presents Marco Polo's story of his journey from Venice to China, as dictated by Marco Polo.

The Times Atlas of World History
Hammond Fourth Edition,
1994, pg 127.
This reference presents a series of historical maps and content that details the Mongol empire of Genghis Khan and its successor states.


Maples in the Mist: Children's Poems from the Tang Dynasty
translated by Minfong Ho
Lothrop, 1996 (32p)
Illustrated with Chinese brush paintings, the poems represent the larger repertoire usually taught to children in China.

Dragons, Gods & Spirits from Chinese Mythology
by Tao Tao Liu Sanders
Bedrick, 1994 (132p)
This lavishly illustrated edition is a comprehensive collection of Chinese mythology.

Mysterious Tales of Japan
by Rafe Martin
Putnam, 1996 (80p)
Martin retells ten of his favorite Japanese folktales, including "The Boy Who Drew Cats."


The Cambridge History of Ancient China
edited by Edward L. Shaughnessy and Michael Loewe
Cambridge U., 1998
All aspects of ancient China are covered in this volume.

The Japanese Today
by Edwin O. Reischauer
Harvard U., 1995 (459p)
The author presents a comprehensive view of Japan.



Asia 25 min.
Physical Geography of the Continents Series
National Geographic, 1991

India: The Empire of the Spirit 60 min.
Legacy: Origins of a Civilization Series
Ambrose Video, 1992

China: Sichuan Province 25 min.
National Geographic, 1988

Japan 25 min.
Window to the World: Asia Series
IVN Communications, 1995

Buddhism: The Middle Way of Compassion 20 min.
United Learning, 1993


Non-European World History (Computer-Interactive Videodisc)
Instructional Resources, 1996

STV: World Geography
Asia and Australia (Computer-Interactive Videodisc)
National Geographic, 1994

Battles of the World (CD-ROM)
Compton's NewMedia, 1996

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Unit 5: Medieval Societies



Breaking Into Print: Before and After the Invention of the Printing Press
by Stephen Krensky
Little, 1996 (32p)
The author explains how books were produced before Gutenberg's invention and the later impact of his printing press.

First Facts About the Vikings
by Fiona Macdonald
Bedrick, 1996 (32p)
Illustrations, side bars, and maps help tell the story of the Vikings and their explorations.

Medieval Castle
by Jim Pipe
Millbrook, 1996 (32p) paper
Using mazes and puzzles to solve a mystery, students learn about daily life in a medieval castle.

Young Arthur
by Robert San Souci
Doubleday, 1997 (32p)
Noted storyteller San Souci tells about the early life of Arthur. See also Young Lancelot.

Medieval People
by Sarah Howarth
The Millbrook Press, 1991, pgs: 47
This book clearly details a variety of people from medieval Europe and their roles in society.


The World of the Medieval Knight
by Christopher Gravett
Bedrick, 1997 (64p)
The author looks at the life of a knight, from armor and weapons, to jousting, feasting, and fighting.

A Day With a Noblewoman
by Régine Pernoud
Runestone, 1997 (48p)
This book first presents an overview of the life of a French noblewoman and then looks at the life of one particular noblewoman. Also in the A Day With series, see A Miller, A Stonecutter, and A Troubadour.

A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver
by E. L. Konigsburg
Atheneum, 1973 (201p) paper
In this critically acclaimed biography of Eleanor of Aquitaine, she and three people who knew her well recall the events of her life.

Bibles and Bestiaries: A Guide to Illuminated Manuscripts
by Elizabeth B. Wilson
Farrar, 1994 (64p)
Beautiful illustrations enhance this book about the importance of illuminated manuscripts as an art form and as a history of medieval society.

The Shining Company
by Rosemary Sutcliff
Farrar, 1992 (304p) paper
Based on The Gododdin, an early North British poem, this is the story of Gorthyn, off to fight the Saxons, not knowing he has been betrayed.

Catherine, Called Birdy
by Karen Cushman
Clarion, 1994 (224p) also paper
Catherine, a spirited and inquisitive young woman of good family, narrates the story of her fourteenth year -- in 1290.

Giotto and Medieval Painting
by Lucia Cirrain
Bedrick, 1995 (64p)
The author explores the life and work of the master painter, architect, and engineer.

The Age of Feudalism
by Timothy Levi Biel
Lucent Books, 1994, pgs: 112
This book provides information about daily life in the Middle Ages and presents Pope Urban's call for crusade and the subsequent wars.

Incredible Cross Sections
by Stephen Biesty
Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1992, pgs: 48
This book presents a cross-section of a castle showing the various functions and residents of these medieval structures.

Metropolis: Ten Cities, Ten Centuries
by Albert Lorenz
Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1996, pgs: 64
This book presents the construction of the Cathedral of Nôtre Dame in 12th-century Paris.


The Age of Feudalism
by Timothy L. Biel
Lucent, 1994 (128p)
This account of Feudalism contains numerous primary source quotations.

There Will Be Wolves
by Karleen Bradford
Lodestar, 1996 (208p) also paper
In this historical novel, Ursula joins thousands of other pilgrims in the People's Crusade in 1096, an arduous journey filled with danger and adventure.

The Ramsey Scallop
by Frances Temple
Orchard, 1994 (310p)
In 1299, Elenor and Thomas, betrothed since childhood and not wishing to marry, are sent on a pilgrimage that becomes an adventurous journey through England, France, and Spain.

Trumpeter of Krakow
by Eric Kelly
Macmillan, 1968 (224p) also paper
In this award-winning book, a young boy in medieval Poland warns his city of an attack by the Tartars.

The Sword in the Stone
by T. H. White
Philomel, 1993 (256p) paper
This enduring classic tells the story of Wart, the medieval boy who becomes King Arthur.

His Majesty's Elephant
by Judith Tarr
Harcourt, 1993 (193p)
Set in Germany during the reign of Charlemagne, this novel centers on Rowan, the emperor's daughter, who finds herself in danger.

Everyday Life in Medieval Times
by Marjorie Rowling
Putnam, 1968, pgs: 228.
This book offers detailed information about life in the Middle Ages. In addition, Chapter 5, details the causes and results of the Crusades.

Everyday Life in Medieval Times
by Marjorie Rowling
Putnam, 1968, pgs: 228.
This book presents information about the various people of the medieval world from lords and vassals to monks and doctors.


Favorite Medieval Tales
Retold by Mary Pope Osborne
Scholastic, 1998 (96p)
Retold here are nine stories from medieval Europe, about King Arthur, Beowulf, Roland, Robin Hood, and Sir Gawain.

Of Swords and Sorcerers: The Adventures of King Arthur and His Knights
by Margaret Hodges and Margery Evernden
Simon, 1993 (112p)
This retelling of the Arthurian legend includes stories about the boy Arthur, Merlin, Sir Lancelot and Elaine, and Sir Galahad.

I Am Mordred: A Tale from Camelot
by Nancy Springer
Philomel, 1998 (192p)
Springer tells the story of King Arthur's son.


The Voice of the Middle Ages: In Personal Letters 1100-1500
by Catherine Moriarty
Bedrick, 1991 (352p) paper
Letters from persons such as Dante, Thomas á Becket, and Dürer, as well as from those less well-known, reflect on all facets of life during the Middle Ages.

In the Age of Chivalry: Medieval Europe A.D. 800-1500
by Time-Life Editors
The editors focus on the daily life and customs in medieval Europe during the time of the plague.



Knights and Kings (CD-ROM)
ENTREX Software, 1992

In the Holy Land (Computer-Interactive Videodisc)
Understanding Our World Series
Optical Data, 1989

Pathways Through Jerusalem (CD-ROM)
The Learning Company, 1995

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Unit 6: Europe 1300-1600



A Renaissance Town
by Jacqueline Morley
Bedrick, 1997 (48p)
Detailed illustrations provide a glimpse into fifteenth-century Florence.

Renaissance People
by Susan Howarth
Millbrook, 1992
The author provides a look at people in the various reaches of Renaissance society. By the same author, see also Renaissance Places.

Hear, Hear, Mr. Shakespeare: Stories, Illustrations, and Selections from Shakespeare's Plays
by Bruce Koscielnick
Houghton, 1998 (40p)
This collection introduces students to the work of Shakespeare.

Joan of Arc
by Diane Stanley
Morrow, 1998 (40p)
Students learn about Joan of Arc who, at age nineteen, was burned at the stake as a heretic and declared a saint five hundred years later.

Leonardo da Vinci
by Diane Stanley
Morrow, 1996 (48p)
Stanley gives an excellent overview of Leonardo's life and work.

Antonio's Apprenticeship: Painting a Fresco in Renaissance Italy
by Taylor Morrison
Holiday, 1996
The reader learns a lot about painting frescoes, as does young Antonio, who finds that it takes more time and patience than he'd thought.


Metropolis: Ten Cities, Ten Centuries
by Albert Lorenz
Harru N. Abrams, Inc., 1996 (64p)
This book presents a unit on the 14th-century, plague infected, German town of Koblenz and Renaissance Florence.

Christopher Columbus and the First Voyages to the New World
by Stephen Dodge
Chelsea House Publications, 1991 (128p)
This book details the story of Christopher Columbus and his exploration of the Americas. It also presents interesting information about Europe in the 15th century.

The Starry Messenger
by Peter Sís
Farrar, 1996 (32p)
Gallileo's life and ideas, sometimes in his own words, are beautifully presented in this creative book that also relates other events in the rest of the world.

Waiting for Filippo: The Life of Renaissance Architect Filippo Brunelleschi
by Michael Bender
Chronicle, 1995 (10p)
This intricate pop-up book reveals the works of Filippo, who designed and built the Cathedral of Florence.

Breaking Into Print: Before and After the Invention of the Printing Press
by Stephen Krensky
Little, 1996 (32p)
The author explains how books were produced before Gutenberg's invention and the later impact of his printing press.

Martin Luther
by Sally Stepanek
Chelsea, 1986 (128p)
Stepanek explores the life of the German monk who led the Protestant Reformation.


The Log of Christopher Columbus
translated by Robert H. Fuson
International Marine Publishing Co. 1987 (252p)
This book presents the complete translated log of Christopher Columbus and his account of the first voyage to the Americas.

The Italian Renaissance
by Karen Osman
Lucent, 1996 (112p)
Osman enlivens the history and achievements of the Italian Renaissance with carefully selected details and special emphasis on Florence and Rome.

Dove and Sword: A Novel of Joan of Arc
by Nancy Garden
Farrar, 1995 (237p)
Some twenty-four years following her death at the stake, a friend and a brother of Joan of Arc recall her life.

Leonardo da Vinci: Artist, Inventor, and Scientist of the Renaissance
by Francesca Romei
Bedrick, 1994 (64p)
The oversized format of this book allows for the wonderful reproductions of Leonardo's work that accompany this story of his life.

The Black Death
by Phyllis Corzine
Lucent, 1997
The author discusses the causes and effects of the deadly plague that killed millions of Europeans during the fourteenth century.


The Second Mrs. Giaconda
by E. L. Konigsburg
Aladdin, 1998 (160p) paper
In this novel, the author offers an intriguing answer to the questions about Leonardo's painting of the Mona Lisa.

Alberic the Wise
by Norton Juster
Simon, 1992
This deceptive simple, ironic fable about the farmer Alberic contains important messages about failure and success.


From the Closed World to the Infinite Universe
by Alexandre Koyré
Johns Hopkins U., 1994 paper
The ideas of Copernicus, Galileo, More, Newton, and other thinkers are expressed in their own words.

The Italian Renaissance: Culture and Society in Italy
by Peter Burke
Princeton U., 1987
The author looks at the parellels among the art, music, architecture, and literature of the Italian Renaissance.



Treasure Hunt 28 min.
Origins: A History of North America Series
Journal Films, 1989

Beginnings of Exploration: Why Did Europe "Discover" America in 1492? 11 min.
Age of Exploration Series
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1990


Leonardo the Inventor (CD-ROM)
The Learning Company, 1994

Western Civilization (CD-ROM)
Instructional Resources, 1996

Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? (Floppy Disk)
Broderbund Software, 1990

Discover: The Age of Exploration (CD-ROM)
ENTREX Software, 1994

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Unit 7: Civilizations of the Americas



The World's Great Explorers; Hernando Cortˇs
by Conrad Stein
Children's Press, 1991 (128p)
The author clearly presents the world of the 16th century, Hernando Cortˇs, and his conquest of the Aztecs. This book also provides some actual period drawings of the city of Tenochtitlán and artifacts.

The Discovery and Conquest of Mexico
by Bernal Diaz Del Castillo
Da Capo Press, 1996 (478p)
This is the eyewitness account of Spanish conquistador Bernal Diaz Del Castillo, who traveled with Hernando Cortˇs.

What Do We Know About the Aztecs?
by Joanna Defrates
Bedrick, 1993 (44p)
Discussed here are the history, customs, religion, of the Aztecs and speculation about their eventual fate.

Rain Player
by David Wisniewski
Clarion, 1991 (32p)
In this original tale based on Mayan beliefs, a boy must defeat the Rain God in a ball game to save his people from disaster.

City of the Gods: Mexico's Ancient City of Teotihuacan
by Caroline Arnold
Houghton Mifflin, 1994 (48p)
This photo-essay explores the ruins of the ancient metropolis and ceremonial complex.

Aztec, Inca, and Maya
by Elizabeth Baquedano
Knopf, 1993 (64p)
Color photos enhance this discussion of three of the great civilizations of the West.

Maya's Children: The Story of La Llorona
by Rudolfo Anaya
Hyperion, 1997 (32p)
Anaya tells his version of the Latin American legend of La Llorona, known as "the crying woman."

The Tree That Rains: The Flood Myth of the Huichol Indians of Mexico
by Emery Bernhard and Durga Bernhard
Holiday, 1994 (32p)
In this myth, people forgot the gods and were punished by a flood lasting five years, after which a magic fig tree provided all the rain necessary.


The Aztec News
by Philip Steele
Candlewick Press, 1997 (32p)
This book presents detailed information and illustrations of the Aztec civilization, Tenochtitlán, and Cortés' invasion from an Aztec "newspaper's perspective. It also provides some great visuals for classroom models.

The Aztec News
by Philip Steele, et al
Candlewick, 1997 (32p)
In newspaper format, this fact-filled introduction to Aztec life and times includes information on sports, politics, and religion.

Discovering the Ice Maiden
by Johan Reinhard
National Geo., 1998 (48p)
Anthropologist Reinhard tells of his discovery of a mummified Inca female on the summit ot Ampato. Photos, maps, and timeline included.

The Conquest of Mexico
by Stephen R. Lilley
Lucent, 1997 (128p)
The author shows how the Spanish conquistadors and the Aztecs they conquered had much in common.

Clothes and Crafts in Aztec Times
by Imogen Dawson
Silver, 1997 (32p)
From the Clothes and Crafts series, this book takes a look at Aztec dress.

Frozen Girl
by David Getz
Holt, 1998 (80p)
Getz tells the story of the extraordinary discovery of a female Incan mummy in Peru.

The Secret of the Andes
by Ann Nolan Clark
Puffin, 1976 (136p) paper
In this award-winning story, a modern Incan boy lives in the mountains of Peru and trains in the traditions and customs of his ancestors.

The Corn Grows Ripe
by Dorothy Rhoads
Puffin, 1993 (96p)
When his father is injured, Tigre must assume the responsibility for planting the corn the family needs to survive and to appease the Mayan gods.


The Incas and the Spanish Conquest
by Wyatt Blassingame
Julian Messner, 1980 (191p)
This work presents the history of the Inca Empire and Pizarro's invasion.

The Monkey's Haircut and Other Stories Told by the Mayans
edited by John Bierhorst
Morrow, 1986 (160p)
Into a discussion of Mayan culture, the author weaves twenty-two myths and folktales.

The Captive
by Scott O'Dell
Houghton Mifflin, 1979 (224p)
A Jesuit seminarian is changed forever when he witnesses the enslavement and exploitation of the Mayan by the Spanish.

The Feathered Serpent
by Scott O'Dell
Houghton Mifflin, 1981 (224p)
A man the Mayans believe is the god Kukulcan sees the coming of Cortés and the capture of the Aztec city Tenochtitlán.

Daily Life in the Inca Empire
by Michael A. Malpass
Greenwood, 1996 (80p)
Anthropologist Malpass presents in alternating chapters a day in the life of a ruling family and of a conquered family.


The Mythology of Mexico and Central America
edited by John Bierhorst
Morrow, 1990 (256p)
Bierhorst introduces the gods, heroes, and mythlogy from the Aztec and Mayan civilizations and of Indian groups living today.

The Quetzal: Sacred Bird of the Forest
by Dorothy Hinshaw Patent
Morrow, 1996 (40p)
The author tells the story of this endangered bird and its significance to the people of Mexico and Central America.

The Tree Is Older Than You Are
by Naomi Shihab Nye
Simon, 1995 (112p)
This collection of poems and stories from Mexico is in English and Spanish and illustrated by Mexican artists.


Aztecs: Reign of Blood and Splendor
edited by Charlotte Anker, et al
Time-Life, 1992 (168p)
Accompanying this close look at Aztec life are colorful illustrations of Aztec art and architecture.

The Blood of Kings: Dynasty and Ritual in Maya Art
by Linda Schele and Mary Ellen Miller
George Braziller, 1986 (355p)
The authors offer detailed information about the rise and fall of the Mayan empire before the arrival of the Spanish.



Mayan: Apocalypse Then 27 min.
Centre Communications, 1988

Lost Empire of Tiwanaku 17 min.
National Geographic, 1993

The Second Voyage of the Mimi 30 min.
Sunburst Communications, 1988

Suemi's Story: My Modern Mayan Home 25 min.
United Learning, 1991


South America and Antarctica (Computer-Interactive Videodisc)
STV: World Geography
National Geographic, 1994

Exploring the Lost Maya (CD-ROM)
Sumeria, 1996

Legends of the Americas (CD-ROM)
Troll Associates, 1995

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Unit 8: Europe 1600-1789



The Paradox of Jamestown 1585-1700
by Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier
Benchmark Books, 1998 (93p)
This book provides the story of the early English colonization efforts and the Jamestown colony. It is also a great glimpse of Elizabethan England.

The Jamestown Colony
by Carter Smith
Silver Press, 1991 (64p)
This book presents detailed, but easy to read background information about European exploration and colonization of the Americas as it presents the history of Jamestown, Virginia.

King's Day: Louis XIV of France
by Aliki
Harper, 1989
This look at Louis XIV focuses on the elaborate ceremonies that accompanied everything he did, from dressing and eating to conducting affairs of state.

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
by Victor Hugo
DK, 1997 (64p)
This abridged version of the classic also contains marginalia that explains the times and customs.

Queen Elizabeth I
by Robert Green
Watts, 1997 (64p)
The author offers a close look at the strong-willed Elizabeth and her reign.

The Bard of Avon: The Story of William Shakespeare
by Diane Stanley
Morrow, 1992 (40p)
Shakespeare, born the son of a glovemaker, became the greatest playwright in the English-speaking world.


Elizabethan England
by Ruth Ashby
Benchmark, 1998 (80p)
The author looks at the culture and social conditions in England during the reign of Elizabeth I.

Bartholomew Fair
by Mary Stolz
Greenwillow, 1990 (160p) also paper
In this well-known story, six people from various walks of life attend London's Bartholomew's Fair in 1597 and are changed forever by the experience.

Helen Williams and the French Revolution
edited by Jane Shuter
Raintree, 1966 (48p)
This informative book is based on letters written by a British woman living in Paris at the time of the Reign of Terror.

The Glorious Revolution
by Clarice Swisher
Lucent, 1996 (112p)
The author describes the events leading to the bloodless overthrow of the English monarchy in 1688.


The Times Atlas of World History
Hammond Fourth Edition,1994 (135p)
This reference presents a unit of historical maps and content illustrating European global expansion and several maps of the Americas.

Westward Ho!
by Charles Kingsley
Scribners, 1992 (432p)
N.C. Wyeth's illustrations enhance this new edition of an adventure story, first published in 1855, about those who sailed with Sir Francis Drake.

Life in the Elizabethan Theater
by Diane Yancey
Lucent, 1996 (112p)
The author describes the lives of those involved in Elizabethan theater and how the theater reflected the social and political concerns of the time.

Black Swan
by Farrukh Dhondy
Houghton Mifflin, 1993 (208p)
While visiting in present-day London, Rose suddenly finds herself in the world of Elizabethan theater and in a mystery about the true authorship of Shakespeare's plays.


Shakespeare's Stories: Tragedies
retold by Beverly Birch
Bedrick, 1990
Birch's retellings provide a good introduction to Shakespeare's plays. By the same author, see also Shakespeare's Stories: Histories and Shakespeare's Stories: Comedies.

The Three Musketeers
by Alexandre Dumas
Puffin, 1995 (224p)
Dumas' swashbuckling adventure set in sixteenth-century France has been abridged. Other editions available.


The First Elizabeth
by Carolly Erickson
St. Martin's, 1997 (448p)
All facets of the life of the diplomatic ruler of England are brought to life.

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