Books, reading, and unknown interests!

Our new unit in James’ homeschool program is the Middle Ages.  The lesson he had with his SLP on Thursday was on “books in the Middle Ages”.  The lesson led to an interesting discussion on the kinds of subjects that James would like to listen to on audio books.  He explains how his eyes and hands prevent him from reading books on his own.  As usual we were surprised by some of his interests, read below!

The Middle Ages saw the beginnings of a rebirth in literature. Early medieval books were painstakingly hand-copied and illustrated by monks. Paper was a rarity, with vellum, made from calf’s skin, and parchment, made from lamb’s skin, were the media of choice for writing. Students learning to write used wooden tablets covered in green or black wax. The greatest number of books during this era were bound with plain wooden boards, or with simple tooled leather for more expensive volumes.

Tell me one thing about books in the Middle Ages.  MADE FROM LAMB SKIN
 
Who copied and illustrated books?  MONKS
 

Wandering scholars and poets traveling to the Crusades learned of new writing styles. Courtly Love spawned a new interest in romantic prose. Troubadours sang in medieval courtyards about epic battles involving Roland, Arthur, and Charlemagne. Literature exploded from the universities as scholars began to question convention and write social commentary, as well as poetic fiction.

How did the Crusades influence medieval literature?  EXPOSURE TO SO MANY NEW PEOPLE EXPANDED KNOWLEDGE SO IT INFLUENCED LITERATURE.  
 

Language saw further development during the Middle Ages. Capital and lowercase letters were developed with rules for each. Books were treasures, rarely shown openly in a library, but rather, kept safely under lock and key. Finding someone who might loan you a book was a true friend. Some might rent out their books, while others, desperate for cash, might turn to the book as a valuable item to be pawned.

What was one development to language?  UPPER AND LOWER CASE LETTERS WERE USED IN WRITING
 
People in the Middle Ages treasured books.  Do you think that is true today?  SOME PEOPLE TREASURE BOOKS BUT OTHERS TAKE THEM FOR GRANTED BECAUSE THEY ARE SO READILY AVAILABLE.  EV: “How do you feel about books?”  I LOVE THEM AND LIKE TO BE READ TO.  EV: “Can you read them on your own?”  NO, BECAUSE I CANT TURN THE PAGES OR TRACK THE LETTERS WITH MY EYES.  EV: “Have you ever thought about trying audio books where you could independently listen to them on your phone or iPad?”  THOSE WOULD BE GOOD.  I WOULD LIKE TO TRY LISTENING TO THEM.  EV:  “What genres of literature interest you?”  I AM INTERESTED IN HISTORICAL FICTION AND BIOGRAPHIES OF FAMOUS PEOPLE.  EV: “Let’s narrow this down a bit.  Tell me three people whose biography you would like to read.”  ABRAHAM LINCOLN, POPE FRANCIS, UNDERCOVER AGENTS. EV:  “What era or events interest you in terms of  historical fiction.”  HITLER’S NAZI GERMANY.  EV:  Something particular in that era?  CONCENTRATION CAMPS.  CIVIL WAR, PARTICULARLY THE LIFE OF SLAVES.  GUYS PLACED IN WITNESS PROTECTION SERVICES
 
EV:  How do you see yourself listening to audio books?  I WOULD LIKE TO LISTEN TO THEM WHEN I NEED TO RELAX AND BE BY MYSELF FOR A BIT.  I AM EXCITED TO TRY AUDIO BOOKS.  IT WILL MAKE ME FEEL MORE INDEPENDENT AND GROWN UP.  
 
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