Lesson Plans

LESSON PLANS WEEK of 8/31/14-9/4/14...

Monday, Aug. 31...

QUICK WRITE - None this week.

PLANS - Notes on the steps to becoming a knight. We'll then read part of Malory's version of the knighting of Arthur and discuss similarities and differences between Malory’s account and historical account.

NOTES - Steps to Becoming a Knight...

Becoming a Page:

A boy, usually of nobility, was chosen for knighthood, but not always. A boy started on his way to knighthood at about the age of seven or eight. At this time, he was sent to a Lord's castle to be trained for knighthood. This young trainee was known as a page. During his time as a page, he learned about horses, armor and weapons. Because hunting was so important, a page had to learn

how to handle hawks and falcons, as well as “dressing” a deer for venison. Since a page was also expected to serve the meals at the knight's table, they had to learn how to carve the meat properly before becoming a knight.

Pages practiced fighting with a sword against a wooden stake, or "pell" to develop muscles needed in becoming a strong knight. A page had to learn to skillfully use a bow and arrow for hunting and often practiced this skill by competing with others. Pages also had to clean the coats of mail by rolling it in a barrel filled with sand.

A knight not only had to know how to fight in battle, but he also had to learn how to be courteous. The lady of the castle taught a young page manners and social graces. He would learn how to sing, play instruments and dance from the lady. The lady would also teach him to read and write. A priest would give the page religious training and he would often teach the page how to read and write.

Becoming a Squire:

At the age of fourteen the page became a squire. Squires had to follow their master on the battlefield to protect him if he would fall. From the 13th century, squires fought on the battlefield beside their knight. A squire was responsible for dressing the knight for battles and tournaments. He was the knight's assistant and the only one allowed to help the knight. The squire was responsible for taking care of the knight's armor and weapons. He had to become skilled in the use of the armor as well as the weapons. A squire had to get used to wearing the armor so it would be second nature to him when worn. A squire had to become skilled in using the lance, spear, or sword. He had to practice so that the lance did not run back through his fingers when he struck the knight. He practiced against a wooden dummy called a quintain. A quintain was a heavy weighted sack or dummy in the form of a human. It was hung on a wooden pole along with a shield. The squire had to hit the shield in it's center. When hit, the whole

structure would spin around and around. The page had to move out of the way quickly without getting hit and knocked off his horse by the weighted bag!

Knighting Ceremony:

When considered ready, generally between the ages of eighteen and twenty, a squire was dubbed a knight. This was often performed by the knight who trained him. On the eve before becoming a knight, the squire confessed his sins to a priest. He was given a symbolic bath and then he fasted, cleansing his soul. Dressed all in white he prayed and kept watch over his armor and his weapons in the chapel all night. The next morning he would be dressed in symbolically colored clothes - red (for his blood), white (for purity), and brown (for the return to the earth when he died). Gilded spurs were attached to his ankles and he was "girded" with a sword. By a tap on each shoulder with a sword, he was dubbed a knight, thus reminding him of his vows he promised to uphold. If a knight broke his vows or was dishonorable, he was stripped of his knighthood in another ceremony to bury him, because in the Middle Ages, " a knight without honor is no longer alive."There were two other ways for one to become a knight. If there was a battle and the King needed additional men, he would knight a number of squires to have enough men to fight. Also, one could become a knight for showing bravery and courage in battle.

VOCAB. WORDS - initiate, boredom, monotonous, bland, persecute, dilemma, conspicuous, testimony, restraint, notorious, eavesdrop, implication

VOCAB. PRACTICE- https://quizlet.com/89691030/word-explorer-lesson-1-level-h-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Review Renaissance notes. Study for Friday’s vocab. test. 


Tuesday, Sept. 1...

QUICK WRITE - None this week.

PLANS - Pop quiz on Malory's life and Steps to Becoming A Knight!  Students will review the parts of armor and how these pieces of metal protected the knights.

NOTES -

helmet - protects the head

visor - protects the face

gorget - protects the neck

pauldron - protects the shoulder

cuirass - protects the upper arm

couter - protects the elbow

____ - protects the chest

gauntlet - protects hand and upper arm

cuisse - protect the thigh

poleyn - protects the knee

greave - protects the shin

sabaton - protects the foot

VOCAB. WORDS - initiate, boredom, monotonous, bland, persecute, dilemma, conspicuous, testimony, restraint, notorious, eavesdrop, implication

VOCAB. PRACTICE- 

https://quizlet.com/89691030/word-explorer-lesson-1-level-h-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study notes and study for Friday's vocabulary test.


Wednesday, Sept. 2

QUICK WRITE - None this week.

PLANS - We will read the beginning of the story of King Arthur and how he became king.

NOTES - none

VOCAB. WORDS - initiate, boredom, monotonous, bland, persecute, dilemma, conspicuous, testimony, restraint, notorious, eavesdrop, implication

VOCAB. PRACTICE- https://quizlet.com/89691030/word-explorer-lesson-1-level-h-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes. 


Thursday, Sept. 3...

QUICK WRITE - none this week

PLANS - We will continue reading how King Arthur became king. Discussion will follow.

NOTES - none

VOCAB. WORDS - initiate, boredom, monotonous, bland, persecute, dilemma, conspicuous, testimony, restraint, notorious, eavesdrop, implication

VOCAB. PRACTICE- https://quizlet.com/89691030/word-explorer-lesson-1-level-h-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Study for Friday’s vocab. test. Review notes. 


Friday, Sept. 5...

PLANS -Students will take vocabulary test 1. They will then receive the next vocabulary lesson to begin (and possibly finish) in class. I will be available to help them if they have any questions.

VOCAB. WORDS - stench, novelty, flabbergasted, violation, extinguish, dilapidated, gibberish, optimism, trivial, territorial, ludicrous, hysteria

VOCAB. PRACTICE - https://quizlet.com/89690003/word-explorer-lesson-2-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Complete the vocabulary lesson for Monday. Review notes



LESSON PLANS FOR THE WEEK OF 8/24/15 thru 8/28/15


Monday, August 24...

QUICK WRITE - “Get To Know A Middle Schooler” topic. Students are to answer at least 3 of the following questions in their essay: What’s the best book you have ever read? What’s your favorite kind of pizza? What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? What are you good at? What are the best bands on the radio? What should people know about you? What do your friends call you? What can you teach me? All classes must write a minimum 5 paragraph essay. Period 6 students must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofing/editing day, Thursday = at the beginning of class the papers are due. I encourage all students to have final copies on their flash drive to hand in rather than on paper. Even if electronically submitted, students must still have a hand written rough draft and must write at the top "flash drive" or "emailed." If you must write out your paper, it must be written in blue or black ink. ALL papers must be double-spaced with one inch margins.

PLANS - Students will be introduced to this year’s English class. We will talk about what will be covered as well as classroom expectations. Students will receive a rules letter to take home and sign along with their parents. This must be signed and returned by Friday, August 28. Students will also complete a welcome questionnaire so I can learn about the students in my classes. 

NOTES - none

HOMEWORK - Students should continue to work on the prewriting for the quick write. Due Thursday.


Tuesday, August 25...

QUICK WRITE - “Get To Know A Middle Schooler” topic. Students are to answer at least 3 of the following questions in their essay: What’s the best book you have ever read? What’s your favorite kind of pizza? What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? What are you good at? What are the best bands on the radio? What should people know about you? What do your friends call you? What can you teach me? All classes must write a minimum 5 paragraph essay. Period 1 students must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofing/editing day, Thursday = at the beginning of class the papers are due. I encourage all students to have final copies on their flash drive to hand in rather than on paper. Even if electronically submitted, students must still have a hand written rough draft and must write at the top "flash drive" or "emailed." If you must write out your paper, it must be written in blue or black ink. ALL papers must be double-spaced with one inch margins.

PLANS - Students will be introduced to the various websites we will use during 8th grade year and will be given their usernames and passwords to keep in their English binder. These websites include teacherweb.com (lesson plans, notes, etc.), Accelerated Reader (part of reading class), quizlet.com (for studying weekly vocabulary lessons), My Access (online writing program which contain 3 assignments per marking period), and quizstar.4teachers.org (an online testing program I use for weekly vocabulary testing). We will then review the class Code of Chivalry for each class section.

NOTES -

teacherweb for lesson plans, notes, etc. - http://teacherweb.com/PA/PantherValleyMiddleSchool/Laird

Accelerated Reader for reading class - https://hosted29.renlearn.com/706748

quizlet for vocabulary study - http://quizlet.com

My Access for online writing assignments - http://www.myaccess.com

quizstar for weekly vocabulary tests - http://quizstar.4teachers.org

HOMEWORK - Students should continue to work on the rough draft for the quick write. Due Thursday.


Wednesday, August 26...

QUICK WRITE - “Get To Know A Middle Schooler” topic. Students are to answer at least 3 of the following questions in their essay: What’s the best book you have ever read? What’s your favorite kind of pizza? What’s your idea of a perfect weekend? What are you good at? What are the best bands on the radio? What should people know about you? What do your friends call you? What can you teach me? All classes must write a minimum 5 paragraph essay. Period 1 students must have a minimum of 3 paragraphs. Monday = prewriting day, Tuesday = rough draft day, Wednesday = proofing/editing day, Thursday = at the beginning of class the papers are due. I encourage all students to have final copies on their flash drive to hand in rather than on paper. Even if electronically submitted, students must still have a hand written rough draft and must write at the top "flash drive" or "emailed." If you must write out your paper, it must be written in blue or black ink. ALL papers must be double-spaced with one inch margins.

PLANS - Discussion on "What is a Code of Honor?" Students will then be given the definition of Code of Honor. We will review the knight's Code of Chivalry and compare that code to the definition of Code of Honor. Students will then brainstorm how they should behave, how others should be treated, and a code of ethics for during tests. We will then create a classroom Code of Honor from the ideas brainstormed.

NOTES - Code of Honor = a set of rules or principles governing a community based on a set of rules or

ideals that defines what constitutes honorable behavior within that community.

Code of Chivalry =

1. Thou shalt believe all that the church teaches and shalt observe all its directions.

2. Thou shalt defend the church.

3. Thou shalt respect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.

4. Thou shalt love the country in which thou wast born.

5. Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.

6. Thou shalt make was against the Infidel without cessation and without mercy.

7. Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they not be contrary to the laws of God.

8. Thou shalt never lie and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word.

9. Thou shalt be generous and give largess to everyone.

10. Thou shalt be everywhere & always the Champion of Right & the Good against Injustice & Evil.

HOMEWORK - Students should continue to work on the proofing/editing for the quick write. Due Thursday.


Thursday, August 27...

QUICK WRITE - Will be collected at the beginning of class!

PLANS - Notes on the author of "Le Morte D'Arthur", Sir Thomas Malory, and information about the person who finally published the legend, Caxton. We'll also discuss why the new calendar year began in March during the Renaissance times.

NOTES - Sir Thomas Malory...

- born 1420 in Newbold Revel, Warwickshire, England..died March 14, 1470

(actually 1471 in our [Gregorian] calendar since the calendar year in that

time started around March 22...Gregorian Calendar compared to Julian

Calendar which was used in Ren.)

- parents names...John and Phillipa Malory

- little is known about Sir Thomas Malory

- As a young man of 23, records reveal that he was a respectable country

landowner with a growing interest in politics

- Malory was knighted in 1441

- married Elizabeth Walsh 1442

- obviously an educated man who could read both English and French

- he is called the prisoner-knight

- by 1443 he had become a violent, lawless individual who committed a

series of crimes, including poaching, extortion, robbery, and murder.

- Most of his life from 1451 was spent in prison

- he escaped from prison at least twice

- he did most of the writing of Le Morte D’Arthur while in prison

- Le Morte D’Arthur was written while he was in prison but not published

until 1485 by Caxton, the first of English printers

- this book is the earliest production of English prose

HOMEWORK - Review notes on Code of Chivalry and notes from today.


Friday, August 28...

QUICK WRITE - none on a Friday

PLANS - Students will receive the worksheets for vocabulary lesson 1. We will review the exercises to be completed. Students will be given class time to start working on the vocabulary lesson. I will be available to answer any questions.

VOCABULARY WORDS - collide, attentive, hasty, incredibly, reluctant, worthwhile, dwindle, efficient, ominous, majestic, altitude, strategy

VOCABULARY PRACTICE - http://quizlet.com/47286776/word-explorer-lesson-1-flash-cards

HOMEWORK - Complete vocabulary worksheets. These worksheets are due on Monday. Many times I collect the worksheets to be graded!