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Title: The MAGIC of MERLIN (The Making of a Knight)

The MAGIC of MERLIN(The Making of a Knight)
  • A Web quest Designed by
  • Debbie Fletcher Patty Smith

Hear Ye!!  Hear Ye!!
  • You are a young peasant child, living in the
    Middle Ages.  You live in the land of Camelot,
    ruled by King Arthur who is served by the Knights
    of the Round Table.
  • Along with the help of Merlin the Magician, you
    are training to become one of the king's
    knights.  King Arthur insists his knights be
    guided by a code of behavior called chivalry.
  • The code includes being brave, strong, loyal,
    noble, humble, courteous, and devoted to the
  • Do you have what it takes to become a true

Your Task
  • You will be working with a fellow
    knight-in-training to learn more about medieval
    life.  As part of your preparation for
    knighthood, you will complete a project that
    helps future knights-in-training.  You will also
    demonstrate your knowledge of medieval life by
    designing and building a castle with a group of
    knights.  This is your opportunity to persuade
    King Arthur (your teacher) that you have
    successfully completed all duties and are worthy
    of knighthood.

The Process
  • In order to complete the stages of knighthood
    more quickly, the tasks for each step have been
    divided between you and your partner-in-training. 
    Look for information using a variety of
    resources, including (but not limited to)
    websites, books, and people.  As you gather
    information, record your findings in your
    "Knighthood Training Manual".  You must share the
    information you have learned with your partner to
    ensure the successful completion of knighthood
    for both of you.

To keep track of how you are doing with your
training, refer to this scoring guide.
  • Scoring guide Knight-in-Training - Tasks, Points
    to PonderTraining Manual Areas of Evaluation
    answer all parts , respond correctly , share
    information , write and illustrate legibly
  • Visiting the Castle Did I tell when, where, and
    why castles were first built? explain and
    illustrate at least three parts of the castle
    used for protection? make an illustration of
    the castle and label at least five of its parts?
    explain the function of each castle part?
  • Training as a Page Did I explain the Fuedal
    System and tell how it works? name at least
    five people who work in the castle, what their
    jobs are, and the importance of their roles?
  • Training as a Squire Did I illustrate and label
    at least five items that a knight wears?
    explain the importance of each item? name at
    least three weapons used by a knight and tell how
    he trains with each one?
  • Individual Project Areas of Evaluation
    Correctness of Information , thoroughness of
    presentation , clarity of presentation ,
    neatness of finished product
  • Becoming a Knight Did I choose an appropriate
    task? follow directions? include enough
    information from my research? record/present
    accurate information? make my written or verbal
    explanations clear? use correct grammar,
    spelling, and punctuation? make my work neat?
  • Cooperative Project Areas of Evaluation Finished
    group castle , individual work within the group
  • Creating a Castle Did I use my time and
    materials wisely? follow directions?
    encourage others? fulfill my role as a group
  • TOTAL 100 pts

Visiting the Castle
  • Everyone in the land has been invited to the
    castle for a grand feast, celebrating the heroism
    of Sir Galahad, one of the most famous of King
    Arthur's knights.  He is believed to have found
    the Holy Grail.  Follow Merlin as he takes you on
    a tour of the castle.

  • Task for Knight-in-Training 1 Find out when and
    where the first castles were built and the
    purpose of these castles.  Record your findings
    in your training manual.  Explain and illustrate
    the parts of the castle which help make it a
    fortress for protection.
  • Task for Knight-in-Training 2 Find out parts of
    the castle and what they were used for.  Make an
    illustration and label the parts, explaining the
    function of each one.

  • All About Castles
  • Castle Defenses
  • Drawbridges
  • Dungeons
  • Gatehouses
  • Halls
  • Keeps
  • Kitchens
  • Medieval Castles
  • Portcullis
  • Privy
  • Walls
  • Wells
  • Once you share your information
  • with your partner, you will begin
  • your training for knighthood
  • as a page.

Training as a Page
  • Up until this time, you have been living with
    your family, learning to ride a pony and care for
    horses.  As a page, beginning at the age of
    seven, you are part of a nobleman's household
    where you learn to hunt, play chess, and practice
    chivalry.  You will serve meals to those living
    in the castle.  Who are these people you serve
    and who are the people you work with each day? 

  • Task for Knight-in-Training 1 Explain what the
    "Feudal System" is and how it works.
  • Task for Knight-in-Training 2 Tell who else
    works in the castle and what kinds of jobs they
    do.  Explain the importance of their roles in the
    running of the castle.
  • Feudalism
  • Jobs Trades
  • Life in a castle
  • People of the castle
  • Congratulations on completion of your training as
    a page!!
  • After you and your partner have both shared
  • and recorded your information,
  • you are ready to begin your training as a squire.

Training as a Squire
  • At the age of 14, you will be given a sword to
    use in training for battle and the joust. Along
    with this training, you will perform important
    tasks, such as pouring the wine and carving the
    meat.  You will also act as a personal servant to
    a knight, cleaning and assisting the knight with
    his armor. 

  • Task for Knight-in-Training 1 Find out what you
    will wear as a knight.  You should illustrate and
    label what you will wear.  Explain why it is
    important. Create and decorate your own family
    crest helmet.
  • Task for Knight-in-Training 2 Find out the
    weapons you will use.  How do you train with
    them? Create and decorate your own family crest
    life-sized shield.
  • Medieval Knights
  • Medieval Weapons
  • Defend Yourself, Good Knight 1
  • Defend Yourself, Good Knight 2
  • Congratulations!  Having completed your training
    as a squire
  • by sharing the information you learned with your
  • You only have a few more training tasks to

Becoming a Knight
  • You are now ready for the ultimate challenge of
    proving your worthiness in becoming a knight.
  • It is time to share with future knights one of
    the areas of training that you have just gone
    through - the castle, the people in and around
    the castle (including the feudal system,) or the
    world of the knight (including armor, weapons, or
  • You may present this information in one of the
    following ways  poster with flow chart or
    diagrams, a book, a slide-show/PowerPoint, or a

  • When you feel you have successfully completed
    your manual, turn it in to King Arthur.  The king
    will determine at this point if you will be
    granted the privilege of beginning work on your
    castle.  Once this is completed, you will be
    given your order of knighthood at King Arthur's
    grand feast in honor of new knights.
  • Congratulations and let the feast begin!

Adapted from
  • Fletcher, D., and Smith, P. The Magic of Merlin.
    Retrieved October 11, 2007, from The Making of a
    Knight Web site http//
  • Clip art from free clip art sites on the internet