Knights of the Middle Ages Mini-Lesson

Objective: Students will learn about some of the milestones required to become a medieval knight and the duties required of the position.

Suggested Time: 15 minutes

Reading Level: Upper Elementary

Teacher Background

In the fourth century A.D. the Roman Empire and Europe was invaded by various barbarian tribes. One of the dominant groups were the MORE

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  1. A Visual Overview: Show the slideshow of photos to your class. Each has a descriptive caption and kid-friendly copy for your students to read. (Please note that there is also more extensive teacher note copy just for you.)
  2. Creative Caption Review: Once you've been through the slideshow for an overview, go back through it again. This time ask students to explain why the captions do (or do not!) work. (Example: Do you think the caption "Fashion in Steel" is a good one for the second slide? Why or why not?)

Click the thumbnail slides below to see the captions and kid-friendly copy up close.

  1. Continue the Conversation: Ask students to talk about the training process to become a knight. Why do they suppose it took so long to train a young man? What do they think some of the hardships—and benefits—might be?
  2. Write about it: Ask students to think about the concept of chivalry. Have them write a paragraph about why they think honor is important—especially on the battlefield.

Extension Activities

Reinforcements: These worksheets will be useful as you further develop your teaching unit. The Word Power worksheet will give your students vocabulary practice with key terms from this mini-lesson and the related activity will help reinforce key concepts on knights.


Knights of the Middle Ages Word Power
Grade: 4 - 6
Students practice vocabulary relevant to medieval knights by using each defined word in a sentence they create.



Knights & Knighthood Activity Pack
Grade: 6 - 8
Gain insight into knights and knighthood in the Middle Ages, with this reading passage and activities.



Excerpted from:

Eyewitness: Knight

Eyewitness: Knight is a spectacular and informative guide to the life and times of the medieval knight and his followers with superb color photographs of everything from suits of armor to the lord and lady of the manor in full costume. Get a look into the lives of medieval people at peace and during wartime.

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