The Vikings! - Crash Course World History 224

The only thing your high schoolers may know about Vikings is that they wore horns on their helmets—and according to a Crash Course World History video, that's not even true! Watch a short description of Vikings as tradesmen rather than pillagers of villages, and how modern Scandinavia and Iceland was formed by their voyages.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have class members watch the video independently before a discussion on the Vikings
  • Encourage pupils to write a research paper that further debunks popular myths about Vikings and Leif Erikson
  • Prompt small groups to write their own sagas, either fictional or nonfiction, and present them to the class in a dramatic retelling
Classroom Considerations

  • Contains a few off-color jokes that high schoolers will likely find hilarious but may possibly derail a class lesson
  • Animation shows Vikings slaughtering monks
  • Comment section contains language that may not be appropriate for the classroom
Pros

  • Beginning of the video contains a fun reference to Thor that learners will enjoy
  • Addresses the historical nature of the tenth and eleventh century Viking sagas—or lack thereof
  • Examines what historians know about the religion of Vikings, as well as the similarities between Greco-Roman mythology and Norse mythology
Cons

  • None