The books have a written explanation how the course works when I wrote if for a classroom setting. The DVD curriculum explains the rationale of the method to a home school parent, walks the parent and child through the first complete assignment where the child practices all the skills of the historian, and the DVD shows me leading two different groups of students through Socratic discussions based on the ancient and medieval curriculum. The DVD provides real footage of Socratic Discussions based on the Ancient Civilizations and Medieval Civilizations curriculum, along with in depth tips of how a teacher can bring out the best in their student discussions.
To conduct a middle ages Socratic discussion would I need to buy the Introductory Teacher and Student Instructional DVD AND the Take a Stand! Medieval Civilizations or just one of them?
It depends how much you have already conducted Socratic discussions. I can't assess exactly what you need, since I am not sure how much you have taught and how comfortable you are in leading a discussion. The DVDs show students learning the tools of the historian, and your child and you can learn these tools along with the DVD lesson. The DVD also shows Socratic Discussions based on the Ancient and Medieval World curriculum.
Teaching with the Take a Stand! series helps me get to know my children and students better and it helps them how to think critically, form historical judgement, and express themselves in speech and in writing.