elcome to another issue of Scientia Scholae. If you are unfamiliar with us, our mission is to provide quality, thought-provoking articles related to the teaching of Medieval Studies in elementary and secondary schools.
The current issue contains two articles. The first, by John Marshall Carter, gives teachers ideas on how to organize research projects on medieval topics for students. Too often we have little time to brainstorm projects, let alone to think about grading rubrics and such; Carter provides some useful insights on the process. Hopefully his article will serve as a springboard for ideas for you.
The second article, by John William Houghton, treats J.R.R. Tolkien’s re-evaluation of the chivalric ideal, as evidenced (in this case) in his treatment of the Battle of Maldon in The Homecoming of Beorthnoth Beorthelm’s Son. Houghton’s essay was first presented at a TEAMS-sponsored session at the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University in May 2004. I am sure that you will find it intriguing.
This issue also contains a review of My Guardian Angel by Sylvia Weil, translated by Gillian Rosner. The story concerns a twelve-year-old Jewish girl and her family who live in Troyes, France during the late eleventh century.
Don’t forget that we have a book review editor, Rebecca Barnhouse, from Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio. Professor Barnhouse works with college students who are aspiring teachers, as she herself once was before entering the professoriate. If you know of a book for which you would like to see a pedagogical review, please inform her. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, remember to take a moment to share your passion for Medieval Studies with your students. You may impart something to them that will remain with them for a lifetime.
Kevin J. Ruth
Tower Hill School
Original Citation: Scientia Scholae, Volume III, Issue 1, Spring 2005
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