Once before, I transformed the high school park into a medieval fair where characters from English Literature were brought to life, an idea I have shared to Miss Joy, my colleague in teaching English in the 9th grade. However of course, we have so little time to hold a great event. But what I like about working with a hopeless romantic is getting to do the most creative juices there are in class. She had just the perfect idea to give medieval times a tribute: Chivalry Week.
Chivalry Week was the gateway to the Middle Ages when our 9th graders get to be knights and ladies with chivalric code and rules of court to follow respectively. Each day, they get to do a challenge like Kindness Day and Ladies First Day. Boys also picked a lady to whom they were to be loyal to, in adherence to the concept of courtly love that a knight has to treat his lady as his priority and allows her to be in control, thus he does everything a lady tells him to do. Girls also were expected to be more refined in looks and ways, and to inspire their knight to do better. For the feels of Chivalry Week, they decorated their classroom doors with class symbols and codes. The knights also wrote love notes to their ladies and ladies made coat of arms for their knights. They exchanged gifts (this love notes came with flowers for the ladies) on Culminating Day when ribbons of honor were given out to outstanding knights and ladies. It was also fascinating to have seen some ladies who had exerted effort in wearing flowers, gloves and tiaras, and the knights, swords and armors.
The whole idea of Chivalry Week was just perfect for the lesson on the contributions of knights to medieval literature and the legends of King Arthur.
Here are my InstaMag mosaics of what had transpired the entire week:
OPENING OF CHIVALRY WEEK
KNIGHTS AND LADIES
Did I enjoy myself? Well I am one lucky fairy queen who was instrumental into making this experience possible for young people of today. Credits too to Miss Joy for whipping up the outline of activities for Chivalry Week. It was a good shot at letting them understand that some great values like loyalty, honor, faith, honesty, modesty, bravery and courtesy just die hard. These values remain unchanged in these changing times.
Hail to Chivalry!