Writing with Robin Hood; Medieval History, Literature & Writing
Teacher: Holly Van Houten
Mat Fee: $30
Cost: $230 or $210 if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments
Designed as a year long course in writing, literature and history
The Legendary Tales of Robin Hood will provide the focus for the Fall Quarter of this year long course on history, literary analysis and writing skills for middle schoolers. During our Winter Quarter, we will explore the Tales of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and for Spring, our focus will be The Arabian Nights and other Tales from Around the World. Using these stories of adventure, courage and chivalry, students will explore the Middle Ages as they hone their writing skills – moving from strong sentences, to powerful paragraphs, and effective essays.
Writing is one of the most essential and powerful skills a student can learn. Students who can organize their ideas and analyze well become thoughtful and critical thinkers, able to apply these skills to any topic. This class will take students step by step through the process of creating strong essays. We’ll begin at the beginning, by learning how to strengthen sentence structure and use those sentences to create powerful, well-organized paragraphs. We’ll then move on to a basic “five-paragraph essay” structure, as students learn to expand their ideas into longer essays. Students will complete weekly writing assignments designed to give them lots of practice outlining, drafting and revising their writing. We will use a Roundtable Writers’ Workshop format to look at essays together, as a class, so students can also learn about the reactions their writing elicits from others and build their own critical thinking skills. For the Fall Quarter, as we read a compilation of the Robin Hood tales, The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, we will explore Feudalism, Life in a Medieval Village, Richard the Lion-Hearted, the Crusades, the Armor and Weapons of the Middle Ages, Coats of Arms, Tournaments, Medieval Ballads, Troubadours, William the Conqueror, The Battle of Hastings, Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the Magna Carta.