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KING ARTHUR AND THE KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE
 
The legends associated with King Arthur, his Knights of the Round Table, and his legendary court of Camelot have delighted generations of readers.  Modern concepts of chivalry and valor find their roots in these medieval tales of gallantry.  By studying these legends, students can better understand the way real events can inspire legends and how a society's values can redefine the ways in which legends are told. Many of these resources also teach about the Middle Ages.
 

These notes give background on the historical King Arthur, details on the development of the Arthurian legend, and an introduction to major characters. 


With this assignment students design an action figure based on a character from Arthurian legend.  The action figure must have three features (things that the toy can do) as well as three accessories (small items that come with the toy).  Designing a vehicle and an ad for another toy are also part of the assignment.
 
 
 
This script-story re-tells an episode from T.H. White's masterpiece, The Once and Future King, wherein a group of young boys go on a unicorn hunt. Through the process of hunting the creature of purity, part of their innocence is lost. 
 

The doomed love story of Tristan and Isolde developed separately from the King Arthur legends but may have inspired the love affair between Lancelot and Guinevere. Malory integrated the tale into his Le Morte D'Arthur. This worksheet tells the story and asks students to analyze its elements.

 
This famous tale of dragon-fighting shows the concept of chivalry at work. The story also includes discussion questions.
 
 
This actual medieval text served as a handbook for knights. Questions are also included.
 
 
This medieval document explains the rules of courtly love. There is still some debate as to whether it was intended to be taken seriously or not, but it can lead to some interesting discussion. Questions are included.
 

This worksheet teaches students about the medieval tradition of heraldry (the symbolic meanings of animals, shapes, and colors used on shields).  Students design a shield that tells about themselves through the use of heraldric symbols.
 
 
This assignment asks students to research some of the medieval beliefs about mythical and non-mythical creatures. 
 
 
 
 
This packet, which includes information on Medieval knights and questions over the material, will give students a background on topics such as medieval armor, chivalry, the Crusades, etc.
 
 
This short story or "lay" from Marie de France tells the story of the knight Lanval. In this tale some of the standard roles such as knight-rescuer and damsel-in-distress are reversed. Questions for students to answer and discuss are also included.
 
 
This worksheet outlines the medieval customs associated with marriage and family. Questions are also included.
 
 
Chess is a game based on medieval society. Understanding and playing the game can also give insight into medieval culture.
 

This document asks students to analyze a list of knightly virtues and write about which they would like to exemplify in their lives.
 
 
This worksheet analyzes the symbolic meaning of the White Stag in Arthurian and Celtic legends.
 
 
With this activity students design an original coat of arms.  Medieval knights used their coat of arms to identify themselves beneath layers of armor.  Students can use their own coat of arms to tell others about themselves.



 
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