This is a 10-page PowerPoint on Medieval Illuminated letters and manuscripts in the Middle Ages. It provides the history of Illuminations, the jobs included in creating them, and colorful images that show examples of the letters.
I use this with both 3rd and 7th grade classes. It gives a great overview of the topic at hand and is a nice tool for introducing the material before students begin a project on Illuminations.
Coordinating Middle Ages Overview Packet Found Here
Coordinating Illuminated Manuscript Response Sheet Found Here
Coordinating Illuminated Letters Artist Statement Sheet Found Here
See this product in action on my art education blog here: http://mrskart.blogspot.com/2014/04/medieval-illuminated-letters.html