King Arthur Lesson Plan for Middle School

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan uses an engaging text lesson, an art activity as well as a hands-on acting activity to help your students learn about the characters and story of King Arthur.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the activities in this lesson plan, students should be able to:

  • Name the important characters that are part of the legend of King Arthur
  • Describe the main parts of this legend's story


30 - 60 minutes without the activity


Curriculum Standards


Analyze how a text makes connections among and distinctions between individuals, ideas, or events (e.g., through comparisons, analogies, or categories).


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.


Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.


Warm Up

  • Begin the class with a couple of questions:
    • Do you think King Arthur was real?
    • What were Camelot and Excalibur?


  • Pass out the copies of the text lesson Who Was King Arthur? - Legend, Knights & Court, and read the lesson as a class.
  • Discuss the following thereafter:
    • Who was Chretien de Troyes?
    • Who was Thomas Malory?
    • Who was King Arthur's father?
    • What was the name of the main magician of the Arthurian legend?
    • How did Arthur become king?
    • What is a dowry?
    • Why was Arthur's Camelot in a civil war?
    • What is Excalibur?
    • Why was King Arthur's roundtable significant?
    • Who was Mordred?
    • How did King Arthur die?
    • Mini-activity: pass out excerpts of any text on King Arthur of your choosing and read them together as a class.


  • Each student should take the lesson quiz as an in-class activity once the discussion has been completed.
  • Go over all questions and answers as a class once everyone has finished taking the quiz.

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