Resources for Educators

online resources for creating assignments, syllabi, exams, lectures, and discussion questions

Teaching the Middle Ages in Higher Ed - A series of interactive assignments crowd-sourced from medieval syllabi 

Medieval Europe Online - Online companion to Judith M. Bennett's Medieval Europe: A Short History and provider of great resources like timelines, maps, bibliographies, and links to medieval news stories

The Animated Bayeux Tapestry - Follow the story of the 1066 invasion through the famous embroidery now on youtube

A Short History of the Middle Ages - Barbara Rosenwein's online textbook companion with study questions, genealogies, and glossaries

Schoenberg Institute Manuscript Series - Flip through Penn's collection of medieval manuscripts with curators & scholars on youtube

International Medieval Bibliography - Bibliographic resource for medieval and early modern studies (subscription required)

Medieval primary sources

TEXTS

Early Medieval Texts - Alphabetical list with links to translations of key early medieval authors & texts c. 300 - c.800

The Internet Medieval Sourcebook - Archived collection of texts  in translation from late antiquity to the Reformation 

TEAMS Middle English Texts Online -Textual editions of Middle English texts geared toward students

The Labyrinth - Collection of texts, resources, websites, & introductions to medieval historical topics & themes

Perseus Latin Dictionary - Online Lewis & Short Latin dictionary and facing-page translations of classical texts

OBJECTS

Index of Christian Art - Online visual database of medieval art & architecture (subscription required) 

BM Medieval Objects - Rooms 40 and 41 (c. 300 - 1500) at the British Museum, London, with high-res images

Anglo-Saxon Churches - Database of all churches containing Anglo-Saxon architecture from Harold Taylor's 3-volume series

Medieval Object Lessons - A digital project of medieval material culture & 3D scanning at Harvard University (currently in beta)

Staffordshire Hoard - Educational website dedicated to the display and conservation of 7th - 8th c. gold and silver Anglo-Saxon objects found in 2009

The Digital Pilgrim Project - the British Museum's ongoing database of 3D models of medieval pilgrims' badges & souvenirs


Sample Assignments

How to Analyze Visual and Material Culture 

As a first step to using material culture as historical evidence, this assignment challenges students in my advanced and core courses to interrogate a single object or visual image from the past using a series of analytical questions. After this initial exploration, students have gathered enough data and questions about their object to begin research using secondary sources for a paper assignment or a collaborative online exhibition assignment.

 

additional samples coming soon