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The Most Legendary Unit!

I’ve turned this text orange in honor of our new unit, Legends! Our focus for this unit will be Arthurian Legend, which I think is pretty cool – all Camelot and Knights of the Round Table and Guinevere and Dragons and junk. FUN!

Standard: ›ELA10RL3 The student deepens understanding of literary works by relating them to contemporary context or historical background, as well as to works from other time periods.

Learning Target: Students will learn about the historical background surrounding Arthurian legends, and see a brief PowerPoint about creating in multiple genres. Students will also understand the requirements of their Pick Three project.

Activator: Daily video! You can’t go wrong with this classic Disney video!

The Sword in the Stone: Arthur Becomes King

So, today in class we kicked off our Arthurian Legend unit by looking at the history of the legend and where it came from! King Arthur actually was a real guy – here’s the Wikipedia article to prove it – but the legends that sprang up around him have eclipsed the history in the centuries between his rule and now.

In a few minutes, we’re gonna get into the historical Arthur story, but before we do that, let’s look at your Big Writing Assignment for this unit. It should be a lot of fun – It’s called the King Arthur Pick Three! Project.


You will choose three of the boxes listed on the chart on the back of this sheet. Your choices must meet the following requirements:

  1. Your choices must come from three different rows. You cannot choose two boxes from the same row.
  2. Some of the boxes (marked with a †) must be completed at home. You may choose one of these boxes.

We will have time in the computer lab to complete your research and work on your choices. Your completed project is due on Friday, November 18th.
Each of your choices will be worth 33% of your grade. Therefore, if you fail to turn in one of your three boxes, you will automatically fail the assignment.
Boxes marked with a ‡ are digital projects that will not have a hard copy to turn in. You will fill out a short form if you choose one of these, so that I know where to look to find it.

tl;dr – Pick three boxes from different rows. One can have a †.

Here’s the chart! I’ve organized it by category, which should make it easier to find what you want to do. For example, if you consider yourself a bookworm, you might prefer the choices in column 1.






Write a short story about a Knight in King Arthur’s Court

Dress up as a character from a legend or as a Knight. *** †

Draw a comic starring a Knight of the Round Table, King Arthur, Guinevere, etc.

Make a diorama of a scene from one of the legends, or a model or sculpture. †


Write an essay about the historical vs. the legendary version of King Arthur

Act out a scene for the class / do a monologue / make a video of a skit (you should turn in your script, too!)

Research food from King Arthur’s time and cook for the class. You will need to type up and turn in your recipe! †

Make a poster or collage of pictures, quotes, information, etc. about King Arthur, his Knights, Camelot, etc. †


Write a series of blog posts as though you are a Knight of the Round Table ‡

Make a Facebook wall for a character or Knight of the Round Table using myfakewall.com ‡

Compose a song or make a digital film (fan-made movie trailer, informational film, etc.) about King Arthur / Camelot † ‡

Find and make a list of resources about King Arthur and his Knights (websites, books, articles, etc.) and annotate each source.


Write an article for an online news website or e-zine about King Arthur or his Knights

Make a PowerPoint presentation and deliver it to the class, teaching us about the history, knights, chivalry, etc.

Make a digital art project, such as a Photoshop painting, a 3D rendering, vector design, etc. † ‡

Research dragons and present your knowledge to the class (with a visual aid such as a PowerPoint or poster)

*** If you dress as a Knight, DO NOT include ANY weapons as part of your costume! Even fake, cardboard swords are NOT OK! Dress in armor, a coat of arms, a shield, etc., but NO WEAPONS WHATSOEVER. If I’m talking to you, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, DON’T EVEN TRY!

*If you cook, make sure you bring enough for everyone! See me if you need to know how many students are in your block.

† This project will need to be completed as homework, rather than during class.

‡ This project is all-digital, with no hard copy to turn in. You will fill out a form to tell me where to look to find your project if you do one of these.


Yay! Project directions, ftw! After we got the nuts and bolts out of the way, we learned about some history of King Arthur. But first, because you guys are SO STINKIN’ SMART, I bet you already know some about King Arthur. Let’s use a thinking map, shall we? We made a tree map of what we know, want to learn, and what we think we will learn during this unit 🙂

After that, looked at some cool King Arthur background info in PowerPoint. The first:

King Arthur

…and the second. This one isn’t so much about history as it is to show you examples of how King Arthur exists in many genres already, so that when you work on your multi-genre Pick Three! Project, you know you’re not out alone in the world 🙂

King Arthur in Different Genres

…and that’s all, folks! I’ll see ya back here tomorrow for Day 2, when we start reading our first Arthurian Legend!!