The Knights Of The Round Table Storyline®

 

An image of the Castle frieze from the Knights Of The Roundtable Storyline                                                  Castle “frieze” from the Storyline.

 

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Overview: The Storyline begins with a novel study of the King Arthur legend based on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Estelle B. Schneider. The novel follows Arthur from his birth to his crowning as King and his marriage to Guinevere. It ends as he is searching for exemplary knights to fill his Round Table. While reading the legend, students create one of King Arthur’s castles and learn about life in medieval times. Students then become knights-in-training and are given a list of tasks they need to complete before they can become one of the exclusive Knights of the Round Table. The tasks involve:

A drawing of knight's horse from the Storyline.                                                                 A drawing of knight’s horse.  

 

Writing Poetry:

Ode to My Shield

Shield painted green and white

Like grass and snow

Protects me in battle

Is filled with sorrow

We won the battle Shield and I

But dented and bruised I fixed it up

Shield looks happy

So am I

I put my shield next to my bed

And go to sleep. – Sir Marhault

 

Writing Letters:

Dear King Arthur,

You don’t know one speck of me. I am Wiley the chapel monk. I pray day and night. God tells me many things about wars and terrible things that have happened in our fearless land. I am fair and caring. I follow the rules of God. I pray seven times a day, like the rules say, so I am good and holy. I do everything the king says. I help everybody in need. I do the work I need to do. I tell you if there is a battle or if there is something terrible happening. The thing is, I really want to be a knight that is strong and willing. I want to be a famous knight that never loses battles! I want to be rich. I want more fun than sitting in a chapel and praying. I just want to impress you.

Your monk,
Wiley

The tasks continue as they write stories, dance, draw, make music, and learn the positive character traits that every knight must have. The biggest challenge involves a quest on which the knights-in-training are to journey to a far land and bring back a legend for King Arthur and all the kingdom to hear. In the end, the knights-in-training are as dubbed Knights of the Round Table by King Arthur.                                                   

One of King Arthur's Knights. One of King Arthur’s Knights.

Table of Contents:

Storyline Outline

Knights of the Round Table Storyline

Episode One: Legend Study

Episode Two: Castle Setting and Workers

Episode Three: Knights of the Round Table

Episode Four: Training

Episode Five: Rhythms

Episode Six: Incidents

Episode Seven: Storyteller

Episode Eight: The Quest

Episode Nine: Preparing for King Arthur’s Visit

Episode Ten: King Arthur’s Visit

Episode Eleven: Reflection

Appendix One: Curriculum

Appendix Two: Calendar

Appendix Three: Writing

  • A Worker’s View of King Arthur’s Castle
  • Letter to King Arthur
  • Biographies
  • Typical Day
  • Country Report
  • Questing Story
  • Legend Retell

Appendix Four: Medieval Poetry

One of the student's characters from the Storyline. One of the student’s characters.
  • Ballad
  • Companies of Beasts and Birds
  • Ode
  • Horse Poem
  • Mighty Knights
  • Epitaph

Appendix Five: Homework

  • Character Traits

Appendix Six: Books

Appendix Seven: Setting/Character Visuals

Appendix Eight: Medieval Legends

Appendix Nine: The Quest

Appendix Ten: Post Test

Appendix Eleven: Storyline Preparation

Total Number of Pages: 156

Curriculum Focus:

Writing:

  • writing traits
  • writing modes
  • writing skills
  • story structure
  • report writing

Speaking:

  • organizing ideas
  • appropriate use of props
  • use of appropriate intonation and vocal patterns
  • maintaining good eye contact while speaking
  • story telling

Listening: A sketch of a dragon.

  • retell in own words

Poetry:

  • simile
  • rhythm
  • five senses
  • metaphor
  • rhyme
  • main idea
  • imagery
  • beat
  • descriptive writing

Reading:

  • fiction and nonfiction reading skills

Social Science:

  • historical study
  • government
  • conflict resolution strategies
  • mapping
  • comparing past and present similarities and differences in daily life

 

Four students dressed as knights.                                              Four of King Arthur’s knights.

 

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