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Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
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Jun 21, 10

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This book is a fantastic resource for written projects and a study of the Middle Ages. Students get a sense of what life in the Middle Ages would be like for a lower noble girl, while experiencing the lives and concerns of those around her. Students may analyze the structure of the book to examine how a diary is formed and read. While studying the Middle Ages and the Crusades, students choose a character, real or fictional of that time, and create a diary for their chosen person. By analyzing details Catherine uses in her diary, the students discuss what moments they should share and how best to present them. They would do research on their person, discovering what daily life was like in the Middle Ages, the role of religion and family wealth, chivalry, monastic life, Crusader's fortunes, superstition and astrology. As such, students strive to create a peek into the experiences, thoughts and feelings of a medieval character that they may share with one another to grant a larger view of what life was like.

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