King Alfred’s English: A History of the Language We Speak and Why We Should Be Glad We Do
Written by: Laurie White from The Shorter Word
Ages: 12 – adult
Price: $16.95 retail (see below for places to buy at discount price)-Softcover 150 pages, or $5.95- Kindle
“King Alfred’s English provides a guided tour of forces and events, conquerors and writers that have shaped, simplified, matured and expanded English into what it is today—the first truly global language in history.” It’s a unique combination study of both English and history. The book is written in a conversational tone and begins with the story of the Reformation and the fascinating struggle to get the Bible into English.
"King Alfred’s English is the only book that covers the history of our language for students below the college level". Click here to read reasons your kids should study it. This tells the story of how we got the Bible in English and it’s influence upon our language. Here are some questions that you should expect to be answered:
* What were the driving ideas behind the Reformation?
* Are the New Testament documents really reliable and how do they compare to other ancient manuscripts?
* Why was translating the Bible into English punishable by death?
* …and what does all THAT have to do with the history of English?
The book is divided into 6 sections. Here is the breakdown of what is covered:
Part I. Pre-English Britain 55 BC – 500 AD
Part II. Old English 500—1066
Part III. Middle English 1066—1500
Part IV. A Time of Transition– From Middle to Modern English 1400 – 1600 (or thereabouts)
Part V. The Making of the English Bible 1526—1611
Part VI. Shakespeare and Modern English- From 1500 Onward
Free supplemental material are available for teachers and students. There you will find:
* Chapter Worksheets
* Links to related online literature and primary sources
* Links to articles, images, and videos that expand the topics in each
* Suggested movies
* Unit Tests
I read the Kindle version for our review. I wanted to read this for myself and my hubby said he was interested in learning more about the history of our language too. I have been learning so much. The more I read the more interested I get to hear more. I knew I would not be able to get my 12 year old to take interest in reading it. He would at times sit and listen while I read but his attention span was short. We even had little discussions when we came across something interesting and new that we never knew before. We attempted to answer the chapter questions but my son did not retain all he had learned so he missed more than he answered right. That is normal for him and the reason why we use other methods of learning. His favorite part was the movies dad chose from the suggested list for us to watch. We watched movies like Gladiator and King Arthur. Watching the movies helped him understand more about what we had previously discussed. Dad loves learning history so he really enjoyed the book more than anyone. We have only read a few chapters but I plan to continue until I have finished. Plus I know my son will be looking forward to movie time.
King Alfred’s English can be purchased at different discounted rates at Christianbook.com, Grace and Truth Books, and Rainbow Resources. If you are on Facebook be sure to “like” their page to stay connected and see updates. Several of my crew mates read this book too. Check out their reviews at the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog.
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Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I was not paid to write this but received King Alfred’s English at no cost to me for review purposes, and to give my honest opinion.