Click on the titles below to open or download PDF samples. For Ghosts In The ChurchyardGhosts In The Churchyard (short version), and Peasants and Thieves, the samples are all taken from the same part of the story to allow for a better comparison.

Ghosts In The Churchyard

Ghosts In The Churchyard (short version)

Peasants and Thieves

The Teacher's Guide

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Specific Ways in Which These Novels and Teacher's Guide Address Your Curriculum in:



Great Britain



These novels and the Teacher's Guide address many specific expectations of the Revised 2004 Ontario Curriculum - Medieval Unit, such as:
Students will:
  • Describe Aspects of daily life for children, men and women (e.g., food, housing, clothing, health, religion, recreation, festivals, crafts, justice, roles);
  • Describe the hierarchical structure of medieval society and the types of people in it (e.g., peasants, officials, scholars, clergy, merchants, artisans, royalty, nobles), and explain how and why different groups cooperated or came into conflict at different times.
  • Describe characteristics of castles, including conflict.
  • Describe some of the ways in which religions shaped medieval society (e.g. Catholicism, events and practices: pilgrimages, confession, festivals; occupations: clergy, nuns, monks; buildings: monasteries, parish churches, chapels)
  • Describe medieval agricultural methods and innovations (e.g., common pasture, three-field rotation, fertilizers, the padded horse collar, the wheeled plough, mills), and explain why the innovations were important.
  • Draw and label maps or create models to illustrate features of medieval landscapes (e.g., a village)
  • Read and interpret maps relevant to the period.
  • Compare aspects of life in a medieval community and their own community (e.g., with respect to housing, social structure, recreation, land use, geography, climate, food, dress, government)
  • Make connections between social or environmental concerns of medieval times and similar concerns today (e.g., pollution, the spread of disease, crime, warfare, poverty)

  • Existing Grade 8 Social Studies Curriculum
    • how people lived within past societies
    • how various ways of life compare with contemporary lifestyle
    • 8-KH-035 Describe characteristics of medieval Europe. Examples: feudalism, social and political organization, plagues, medical practices...
    • 8-KP-052 Describe the influence of the Catholic Church in medieval Europe. 
    • 8-KE-057 Identify how work and education were organized in medieval Europe.
    • 8-KE-058 Describe the impact of technological developments from the fifth to fifteenth centuries.
  • New Grade 8 Social Studies Curriculum
    • Cluster 4: Transition to the Modern World (Circa 500 to 1400)
      • "life in medieval Europe"


Grad Nine Social Studies
  • Topic Seven: Development of the Medieval Worldview - Feudalism
  • Topic Eight: The Medieval Worldview: technological change and innovation

British Columbia
Grade 8 Social Studies
  • Society and Culture
    • compare daily life, family structures, and gender roles in a variety of civilizations
  • Politics and Law
    • Ask students to role-play period characters (e.g., a serf on a medieval manor
    • How would your daily life be affected by laws?
    • Who holds power, and how is it wielded?
    • What influence would you have and how would you use it?
  • Economy and Technology
    • research and prepare information packages on one basic economic system of the period 500 to 1600 (e.g., manor system, capitalism). Research should include relationship to daily life



Grade Seven History-Social Science Content Standards
World History and Geography: Medieval and Early Modern Times
Illinois Learning Standards - Social Science-History 16.B.3c (W) 

Social Studies - World History - develops an understanding of Medieval society

New Jersey
Social Studies - 6.3 World History

Great Britain
These novels address several areas of the National Curriculum - (History - Key Stage 3 - Sec. 8 - Britain 1066-1500), such as:
They provide answers to lesson questions from the DFES Standards Site (History at Key Stage 3 - Year 7), such as:

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Ghosts In The Churchyard