MIDDLE AGES…KNIGHT A. First, let’s watch this music video as a class (3:04): “I’m a Knight”
B. Second, with a partner (use one laptop), read the information provided on these two pages.
C. With your partner, answer the following questions. Complete sentences not required.
In order to become a knight, did your family have to be of noble birth? Yes or No/Explain?
What age did boys begin their training for becoming a knight?
What were boys called during the 1st step of training?
During this stage, what did boys learn to do? (List 4)
What did boys become at the age of 15?
During this stage, what did they do?
When could a Squire become a knight?
What was the Code of Chivalry (list 4 facts about it).
D. Connect (Independently): 5 minutes to complete/Small Group Share 2 minutes.Imagine you are a KNIGHT in Medieval England. What do you think your life might be like? Complete any THREE of the 5 starter sentences below. Just finish the sentence with a descriptive response.
For breakfast, I eat…
I am skilled at…
People expect me to be…
E. Background “Young Arthur”:There is no proof that King Arthur was a real person, but stories have been told about him since the sixth century. These stories are known as the Arthurian legend.
According to legend, after Arthur pulled the sword from the stone, he became king of England.
Merlin the wizard is an important character in King Arthur’s life.
King Arthur ruled from the castle Camelot.
Arthur’s queen was named Guinevere.
King Arthur had a powerful sword called Excalibur.
Many stories are told about his knights, the Knights of the Round Table.
F. Literary Element (Across the Disciplines)
Legend is a story that relates amazing events or accomplishments. The heroes in legends may be humans, animals, or even enchanted objects or forces of nature. Like folktales and myths, legends belong to the oraltradition. They are passed by word of mouth from one generation to the next. Some legendary human heroes actually lived, but over the years their reputations grew larger than life.
Legends often express the values of a culture. In “Young Arthur,” for example, Arthur shows honor and courage. As you read, look for amazing events and larger-than-life characters. Ask yourself, what beliefs and values are important to the characters in the legend?
G. Let’s Read and Discuss “Young Arthur” by Robert D. San Souci
http://www.midwayisd.org/cms/lib/TX01000662/Centricity/Domain/856/u6_frm_youngarthur_se.pdf H. Think about what life was like for the characters in “Young Arthur.”Imagine that you could be ONE of those characters for one day.
Provide 2-3 detailed sentences. I would want to be _________________________________ because…
I.Read for Information (Independently): Who Was King Arthur? By Jerry Dunn
***Complete this if time
This article comes right at the end of the “Young Arthur” pages.
Consider: Does this information differ than the perspective you have of Arthur?
J. If you were to design a Coat of Arms for Arthurand had to choose one color and animal that best suit his personality, what would you choose?
You will have an opportunity to create a personal Coat of Arms as well or write a historical-fiction story about a knight. Before we do, let’s learn a bit about the Bubonic Plague; maybe you’d like to write about that or warn your community that something like this could happen again!