Grade: 3-5
Subject: Language

#4347. King Arthur Gives Back His Sword

Language, level: 3-5
Posted Tue Mar 31 10:44:23 PDT 2009 by Rachel Plumb (Rachel Plumb).
Wayne State University, Detroit, United States
Materials Required: The Silver Treasure By: Geraldine McCaughrean, Paper, Pen, Computer, Kidspiration
Concepts Taught: Loyalty, Language Arts

Student Teachers Name: Rachel Plumb Date: March 25, 2009
Name: Arthur Gives Back his Sword Grade: 5

Content (include rationale or purpose)
To help the student's build on character's traits and relate it to real world instances today.

Objectives (to reflect Michigan content standards and benchmarks)
R.WS.05.06 fluently read beginning grade-level text and increasingly demanding text as the year proceeds.
There will always be students in your classroom that are not reading at grade-level at the beginning of the year. This needs to be monitored and lessons need to be adjusted.

R.CM.05.03 analyze global themes, universal truths, and principles within and across text to create a deeper understanding by drawing conclusions, making inferences, and synthesizing.
I believe this is a hard concept to teach because each individual will have different concepts about the world and draw personalized conclusions.

Materials Needed
• The Silver Treasure By: Geraldine McCaughrean
• Paper
• Kidspiration
• Pen and/or pencil

Development of Lesson Introduction
King Arthur had many subjects. Some were loyal and some were unloyal. The definition of loyal is steadfast in allegiance to one's homeland, government, or sovereign. Faithful to a person, ideal, custom, cause, or duty. Do you think that loyalty is something to look for in a friend?

Development of Lesson (Procedures) (in step by step format)
1. Read story King Arthur Gives Back his Sword from the book, The Silver Treasure, to the class.
2. Talk briefly of loyalty and give the definition.
3. Pass out a piece of paper to each student to jot down ideas.
4. Have the students take a moment and write one sentence about what act a loyal friend would perform for them. (I.e.: A loyal friend would watch my dog while I am on vacation.)
5. Talk with your students and then use the classroom computers to help the students create their own Kidspiration chart with examples of loyalty.
6. After the conversation have the students stand up and briefly describe their concept map.

Accommodations/ Adaptations
Any accommodations may be made for children with special needs. They may vocalize their answer if they cannot write, maybe draw a picture at home after class, or they may even buddy up with the person next to them. This may work with multiple disabilities.

To sum up this mini-lesson, talk with the students about the loyalty from Bedivere to King Arthur and how it made the ending of the story what it was.

Evaluation/ Assessment
I would evaluate the student's on their understanding of the concept of loyalty and if they created a web chart with the application.

Lesson Extensions
As an extension I would like to act out the scene from after King Arthur was stabbed and Bedivere was supposed to throw the sword in the lake. I would already have props ready for small groups to try out.

Bibliography (if necessary)
• The Silver Treasure By: Geraldine McCaughrean

Teacher Reflections
This mini-lesson worked out very well. The student's enjoyed relating loyalty to their personal friendships, this kept them engaged. They also enjoyed being able to work on the computers to make a traditional web.