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Knights, Chivalry, King Arthur, and the Knights of the Round Table

King Arthur with Sword


St. George and the Dragon

ST. GEORGE AND THE DRAGON (A READER'S THEATER SCRIPT-STORY)  This is where it all started: the valiant knight who must face a fearsome dragon. When a fire-breathing dragon descends upon the city of Selene, the king concedes to its demands: the sacrifice of the kingdom's children and his beloved daughter, the princess Cleo. All seems lost—that is, until the heroic knight, George, arrives to save the day. Adapted from the original medieval legend, this script re-tells the famous tale with wit and humor.

 KNIGHTS IN THE MIDDLE AGES  This worksheet serves as an introduction to knights and chivalry and their development in the medieval time period. There is also a reading guide for this handout.

CASTLES AND THEIR DEFENSES  This presentation details some of the basics of siege warfare involving medieval castles.

COAT OF ARMS  This activity asks students to make their own coat-of-arms that represents their personality.

HERALDRY  This worksheet explains the significance of animal charges and colors in medieval heraldry and asks students to create their own coat-of-arms based on these meanings.

DE ARTE HONESTE DE AMANDI (THE ART OF COURTLY LOVE) These medieval rules of love reflect the concept of "courtly love," which was a popular trend in medieval Europe. This worksheet asks students to analyze the rules against the modern concept of romantic love.

THE BOOK OF THE ORDER OF CHIVALRY  This medieval guidebook for knights is a fun read for anyone interested in authentic chivalry. There is also a reading guide.

"A CRUSADER'S FAREWELL" This real-life knight bids his lady farewell as he embarks upon a crusade to the Holy Land.

"LANVAL" This short story, which is actually a "lay" from the medieval time period, turns the stereotypical "damsel-in-distress" situation on its head.

JOAN OF ARC A pioneer of female empowerment, Joan of Arc led the French army against the invading English. This worksheet gives a brief overview of her life.

LEGENDS OF KING ARTHUR NOTES  This presentation gives details on the primary characters of the King Arthur legends.

MEDIEVAL BESTIARY This activity asks students to learn the medieval significance of beasts, both real and fantastical.

"THE UNICORN HUNT" This short story is an excerpt from The Once and Future King, one of the finest adaptations of the King Arthur legends. In the story four young boys hunt and kill a unicorn.

TRISTAN AND ISOLDE The love triangle presented in this medieval legend mirrors that of King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot and often appears as a part of the Arthurian legends. Also check out the film adaptation starring James Franco and Sophia Myles.


The Road to Camelot

THE ROAD TO CAMELOT: TALES OF KING ARTHUR AND HIS KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE Knights in shining armor, fair damsels, dangerous castles, and enchanted swords are just some of the thrilling details that have made the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table popular for over a thousand years. From his castle of Camelot noble King Arthur sets out to create the perfect society with the help of the wizard Merlin. Meanwhile, his kingdom is threatened by the schemes of Sir Mordred and the sorceress Morgan le Fay and the disloyalty of Queen Guinevere and Sir Lancelot. The 14 reader’s theater script-stories included in this textbook re-tell the full saga of Arthur and his knights. Also included are several bonus stories, worksheets, and activities, including two games and a Find-It picture puzzle