TEAMS Classroom Texts

Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University publishes several series of affordable classroom texts for TEAMS: Teaching Association for Medieval Studies.


TEAMS was originally founded as a committee of the Medieval Academy of America to develop new ways to support the teaching activities of its members. It was later reorganized as an independent nonprofit educational corporation whose mission continues to be the support of teaching in medieval studies at the undergraduate, secondary and elementary school level through the provision of resources and the sharing of techniques.

Its current programs include the publication of TEAMS Teaching Texts in cooperation with Medieval Institute Publications, the maintenance of an online library of Middle English texts and the establishment of a committee for outreach to secondary schools. It sponsors several sessions of papers at the annual International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University. TEAMS also publishes a peer-reviewed electronic journal, "The Once and Future Classroom: Resources for Teaching the Middle Ages in Grades K-12," and sponsors an annual teaching prize to recognize excellence in teaching medieval studies in the K-12 classroom. Visit the TEAMS homepage for a full overview of TEAMS' activities.

The TEAMS publishing program

Medieval Institute Publications played a founding role in setting up a series of affordable classroom texts with TEAMS. Originally focused on making available accessible editions of Middle English texts, the program has now successfully expanded into translations or facing-page editions and translations from other medieval vernacular languages, biblical and secular commentary genres, historical documents, and musical treatises and works. The most successful editions have today sold more than six thousand copies and have been adopted in classrooms for twenty years or more.

  • Commentary Series The TEAMS Commentary Series is designed for classroom use with a goal to make available to teachers and students useful examples of the vast tradition of medieval commentary on sacred scripture.

  • Documents of Practice Series The TEAMS Documents of Practice Series is designed for classroom use. Its goal is to make available to teachers and students volumes that contain translations of selected primary documents that illustrate various aspects of the life experience of medieval men and women.

  • French of Medieval England Bilingual Editions Series The series is designed to encourage the editing and translation of significant Anglo-French texts.

  • Medieval German Texts in Bilingual Editions Series The Medieval German Texts in Bilingual Editions series is designed for classroom use in German and medieval studies, as well as for the more advanced scholars in fields adjacent to that of German literature.

  • Medieval Music in Context Series The TEAMS Medieval Music in Context series seeks to publish editions, translations, and studies of medieval music-theoretical treatises and literary texts with significant musical engagements, including works of poetry and prose with embedded music (notated or unnotated).

  • Medieval Textual Cultures of Central and Southeast Europe Series The Medieval Textual Cultures of Central and Southeast Europe is a peer-reviewed series that publishes modern English translations of medieval texts of diverse genres and content that focus on central and southeastern European lands in order to promote and make teaching and research of this region accessible to wider audiences.

  • Middle English Texts Series The TEAMS Middle English Texts Series makes available to teachers, scholars and students Middle English texts that occupy an important place in the literary and cultural canon but have not been readily available in print or online editions.

  • Secular Commentary Series The Secular Commentary Series provides modern English translations of medieval texts that analyze, annotate and explicate classical and vernacular works.

  • Varia Series The Varia series is designed to be used by both scholars and instructors and provides a home for texts and critical works that do not fit neatly into the other TEAMS series.

Support the publication of these series

The Medieval Institute Publications Gift Fund helps support the publication of high-quality research in medieval and early modern studies, including our series of TEAMS classroom texts. Your tax-deductible gift will help us continue to offer texts at affordable prices, support scholars from a variety of backgrounds, build our collection of open access texts, and more.