Medieval warfare happened in the 1600s but is recreated in modern times in "wars" held several times a year around the country. This public radio story describes a medieval “war” held in Wisconsin held by the SCA—the Society for Creative Anachronism. Participants create their own weapons and armor and gather by the thousands to do battle. You will hear what it sounds like and feels like to be part of one of these recreated battles.
Story Length: 2:44
Aubrey Ralph, distributed by PRX
AIR DATE: 12/08/2010
In the early 20th century Americans streamed to the middle of the country because of the Homestead Acts. These were federal laws that gave people ownership of the land for free. In this public radio story you will hear from people who grew up on homesteads in Montana in the early 20th century describing life on the plains. Both people’s families were fairly isolated and self-sufficient, working hard to make a living off the land, but their affection for that lifestyle is still strong.
A rare collection of paintings by Michelangelo was on display at the Muscarelle Museum at the College of William and Mary in 2013 in Williamsburg, Virginia. This public radio story reflects on Michelangelo's life but also looks at what makes his work so special. It focuses on the drawing of Cleopatra, which depicts her in two ways, beautiful and ugly.
Joan of Arc was an uneducated girl who followed the voices of angels and worked to free France from England’s domination. When she was captured by the English she was burned at the stake. Later she was pronounced a Catholic Saint. Her religious and political legacy still inspire French politicians today.
In Medieval England British King John was at war with a group of English Barons because he extracted money from them to fight a war with France. To appease the Barons, the king wrote the Magna Carta, which essentially says the King cannot arbitrarily collect taxes from Barons. This revolutionary document, signed in 1215, limited the power of the monarchy and outlined the basic principles of the modern judicial system. The Pope invalidated the document just ten weeks later but its ideas have lived on and served as the basis of portions of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Listen to learn how the British library celebrated the 800th anniversary of this revolutionary document.
These levels of listening complexity can help teachers choose stories for their students. The levels do not relate to the content of the story, but to the complexity of the vocabulary, sentence structure and language in the audio story.
These stories are easier to understand and are a good starting point for elementary students or English learners.
These stories have an average language challenge for middle and high school students, and can be scaffolded for English learners.
These stories have challenging vocabulary and language and students may need to have some background knowledge to understand the story.