Hello! Well, we are finished with eight weeks of class already and are starting our next unit and book tomorrow. Excited? Hard to believe how fast the year is going.
The Crusades are a chapter in this history where heavily armed men called knights made a religious journey to the sacred city of Jerusalem (where Christians believe Jesus died for their sins and Muslims believe Mohammed ascended into heaven) and did some fighting and plundering along the way. These Crusades were ordered by the Pope, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church because, most historians agree, the Seljuk Turks who controlled Jerusalem did not allow Christians to visit it. There were many Crusades, but only four large and important ones.
We will not be learning everything about the Crusades, but we will be looking about how life was for a knight and squire who went on a Crusade and discuss why knights chose to do this. We will also be discussing the theme of how religious fanaticism can be very dangerous. Our for this unit is The Book of the Lion by Michael Cadnum. It is a very well-written novel about a boy who gets in trouble and is forced to go on the Third Crusade with a knight. It is a very real look at how many of the Crusades played out.
Happy reading! To learn more about the crusades, watch the video below.