The Door in the Wall

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli

The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli: 9780440402831 | Books

This book does not have chapters, so I will label them by “sections.” Each section begins with a drop capital (where the first letter on the page is larger than the rest of the letters). Contains affiliate links. 

Section 1

The Door in the Wall Study Guide and Lapbook ($1.99)

Porridge with Honey (or Barley Soup, rabbit stew, or fish)

Interactive map of medieval London

What did John-the-Fletcher do? (6 minutes)

Play Hoodman-Blind or hide and seek

Make a Gratitude Journal

The plague (for kids) (3.5 minutes)

Section 2

What Do Monks Do All Day (6.5 minutes) (Suggested by Courtney W)

The Door in the Wall Unit Studies and Guides

If you feel your child is capable, you might consider looking into a wood-whittling kit.

Or a soapstone whittling kit

Younger children can use soap and plasticware (9 minutes)

Soup made with bay and marigold, or other fragrant herbs, with dark bread for dipping

The Plague and Medicine in the Middle Ages by Fiona McDonald

Monk costume

Section 3

Marguerite Makes a Book (Book, read aloud, 22 minutes)

A look at monk’s rooms in medieval times (6 minutes)

Make a writing quill using straws

Section 4

A Medieval Cathedral by Fiona MacDonald

Go fishing and swimming

Build wooden stilts

Plastic stilts

Printable checkerboard (can be played with light and dark round stones)

Make a paper flower garland

Section 5

The Sanctus (3 minutes)

Medieval travel (10 minutes)

Fresh bread, bacon slabs, cheese, dry herring, lark, and rabbit pastry with herbs and saffron, apples, plums, pears, and grapes. 

Section 6

Medieval Inns/Taverns (12 minutes) (Does talk about alcoholic beverages)

Extra Read-Alouds/Readers

You Wouldn’t Want to Live in a Medieval Castle by Jacqueline Morley

You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Medieval Knight by Fiona MacDonald

You Wouldn’t Want to Be in a Medieval Dungeon by Fiona MacDonald

You Wouldn’t Want to Live in the Middle Ages by Fiona MacDonald

You Wouldn’t Want to Work on a Medieval Cathedral by Fiona MacDonald

Lift the Lid on Knights activity box by Straum Reid

The Making of Knight by Patrick O’Brien

Sir Cumference and the 1st Round Table by Cindy Neuschwander

Section 7

Make foam noodle swords and spears to have a tournament

A Punch and Judy show (contains some violence as per the norm)

Honey tarts

Pease porridge and bread

Embroidery kit (learn stitches)

Section 8


Section 9

A weaving kit

Make Bannock bread

Section 10

A Christmas Feast by Aliki (Video)

Song from page 119 (Angels We Have Heard on High)

Alternate version

Castle with David Macaulay (part book, part documentary)



Sequels: There are no sequels to this book, but there are a handful of other books by this author, some of which (Thee, Hannah; The Skippack School) have been used by Sonlight either currently or in the past.  


I relied heavily on this webpage for ideas and thoughts.

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