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The Middle Ages

This site, part of the Discovery Channel's World History resources, includes suggestions for a King Arthur play. The parent site has study guides, vocabulary words, activities, and related sources to be used in conjunction with the video, organized for K-5, 6-8, 9-12.

 

Middle Ages Fun for Kindergartners

Sharon Edmondson provides lesson plans and other helpful material. This is part of the website for Loyola University's "Summer Teachers Institute, 'Making the Middle Ages Fun,' that was sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in June of 2000. Our on-going project has been to create a website that might serve as a resource for teachers K-12 who include (or even would like to include) medieval materials in their courses. The contents here are as eclectic as our interests and teaching experiences. Here you will find syllabi, handouts, and reviews of material that we have found helpful in our own teaching and studies. We've also tried to create links to web materials that seem particularly useful as well."

King Arthur for Kids

"The Loyola and LEH Summer Institute, 'King Arthur for Kids' is a four week intensive seminar for elementary and middle school teachers (K-8) in the Greater New Orleans area. Its purpose is to explore the legend of King Arthur to understand its origins and development so that teachers might help students understand the way that legends grow and function in our own society. Most important will be the exploration of why this story endured, becoming a part not only of British or even Western Culture but of world culture as well. This understanding will lead to a consideration of several enduring themes: identity and destiny, discovery of self, and the pledging of oneself to something greater than one's self. Finally, we will explore some of the more modern reworkings of the legend that have become cultural staples in our own and, again, world culture. Such modern accounts encompass the visual arts as well as music (both popular and classical) and touch upon disciplines such as Literature, Philosophy, Art History, Architecture, Mythology, History, and Sociology. An important part of the Institute's focus will be on developing pedagogical strategies to enhance the learning experience and cross-cultural understanding of their students, which will include developing craft projects and local field trips. Participants will be asked to contribute to the web page generated last year for 'Making the Middle Ages Fun,' so that other area teachers might benefit from the participants' ideas and experiences."

 

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Projects and Activities

Activity ideas for an Arthurian festival for kindergartners and elementary school children

Becky Fleming's Fifteen Simple Activities and Assignments

A list of varied and creative ideas for introducing K-12 students to the Middle Ages through King Arthur, Chaucer, and Dante.

A Millennial Quest for Arthur

"In January 2000 two undergraduate students left for a month-long research trip, sponsored by Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. After traveling over 3000 miles across the Island of Britain, we created this site for people who wish to learn more about those places associated with King Arthur and the legends attached to them." Created by students Joseph W.C. Boyles and W. Jacob Livingston, III, this site is beautifully organized and has lots of photographs. Suitable for all levels. {This link is to an archived version of the site that has all the text, but the links to the photos are broken. Some of the pictures, however, are still available at Vortigern Studies.)

Arthurian Origami

Website connected to a book of the same name. "Anyone who can fold a simple origami crane will be able to re-create the legend of King Arthur--castles, knights, sorcerers, dragons, and all." You need the book for complete instructions, but the website has numerous detailed pictures of the paper folding possibilities.

Below are links to a thread from Arthurnet (Nov. 2000) about teaching Arthuriana, history and folk traditions to 3-5 year olds. The responses also seem applicable to teaching kindergarteners..

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