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A Medieval Feast by Aliki Brandenberg

Teacher Guide by Ashley Trudeau

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Student Activities for A Medieval Feast Include:

When the King decides he wants to visit Camdenton Manor, there is a lot to do to prepare! Aliki’s A Medieval Feast, details all the steps needed to prepare for the arrival of the King. This story will spark excitement about learning about the Middle Ages.

By the end of this lesson your students will create amazing storyboards like the ones below!




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A Quick Synopsis of A Medieval Feast by Aliki Brandenberg

The King announces he will make the long journey to Camdenton Manor. The lord of the manor knows that it takes a lot to prepare for the King and his men, so he sets off to work immediately. The lord and his men hunt for animals and fish for the great feast. The lord’s serfs help pick vegetables and fruits, clean the manor and ready the rooms, set up for the horses and horsemen, and cook the food for the feast. Lots of work goes into this preparation and when the King arrives, it does not go unnoticed. The great feast goes well and the King and his people enjoy many great dishes like boar’s head, cow’s tongue, pudding, meat pies, and fish tarts.

A Medieval Feast Lesson Plans, Student Activities and Graphic Organizers

Vocabulary Lesson Plan for A Medieval Feast


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A great way to engage your students is by creating a storyboard that uses vocabulary from A Medieval Feast.

In this activity, students demonstrate their understanding of vocabulary words using sentences and corresponding images. Students may be provided the vocabulary words, or they can use words that they have discovered through their reading of the text. The sentences and images validate both their understanding of the word and how it was used in context of the story.

Here is a list of a few vocabulary words commonly taught with the story and an example of a visual vocabulary board.


serf
n. a person bound under the feudal system to work on his lord's estate
"The serfs lived in huts provided for them on the lord's estate, each with its own plot of land."


trenchers
n. flat, coarse bread used in place of plates
"Grains were ground into flour at the lord's mill, and baked into trenchers and other breads."


ewerer
n. worker who brought and heated water for the nobles
"The Ewerer tasted the water before he poured it in the King's hands."

A Medieval Feast Vocabulary

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Student Instructions

Demonstrate your understanding of the vocabulary words in A Medieval Feast by creating visualizations.


  1. Choose three vocabulary words from the story and type them in the title boxes.
  2. Find the definition in a print or online dictionary.
  3. Write a sentence that uses the vocabulary word.
  4. Illustrate the meaning of the word in the cell using a combination of scenes, characters, and items.
    • Alternatively, use Photos for Class to show the meaning of the words with the search bar.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.



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Compare/Contrast Graphic Organizer for A Medieval Feast

In this activity, students will compare and contrast food preparation and dining in medieval times to present day. Students will use a T-Chart with one side for a medieval feast, and the other for present day.

For example:


Medieval Times

"There were no forks, but napkins were provided. They shared goblets of wine, and between courses the Ewerer appeared with water for them to wash their fingers."


Present Day

We use forks, knives, spoons, and other utensils to eat. If we want to wash our hands we do so in a sink.

A Medieval Feast - Compare/Contrast

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Making Connections in A Medieval Feast


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Text Connections
Text to Text Connection that reminds you of something in another book or story
Text to Self Connection that reminds you of something in your life.
Text to World Connection that reminds you of something happening in the world.

Making connections is a very important skill to acquire and perfect. A Medieval Feast is a great story for students to connect to on many different levels. In this activity, students will be making text to text, text to self, and text to world connections. Students should choose which connection they want to make first and then write a narrative for that. Once all three connections have been made, students can work on their illustrations.



TEXT TO TEXT

The feast in A Medieval Feast reminds me of the dinner that Harry Potter has on his first night at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.


TEXT TO SELF

The story mentions a peacock that they cooked for the feast. This reminds me of the time when I saw a peacock at the zoo.


TEXT TO WORLD

The story reminded me of a news program that I watched that was about life during Medieval times.



A Medieval Feast - Connections

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that shows connections you have made with A Medieval Feast. Include a connection for text to text, text to world, and text to self.


  1. Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
  2. Create an image for each connection using scenes, characters, items, and text boxes.
  3. Write a description of how the text relates to another text, the world, and you.


Text Connections Template

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Sequence of Events in A Medieval Feast

An exceptional way for your students to follow a story is for them to track the events from it. Not only is this a great way to teach the parts of a plot, but it also reinforces major events, which helps students develop better understanding of how the events fit together to provide the overall structure of the story.

When the King announces his plan to come spend some nights at Camdenton Manor, the Lord of the Manor has many things he needs to get done. Using a timeline storyboard, students can make a sequence of events that lead up to the grand feast for the King.



Timeline of A Medieval Feast

STEP 1 The manor had to be cleaned and rooms readied.
"The royal suite was redecorated. Silk was spun, new fabric was woven. The Royal Crest was embroidered and painted on the King's chair."
STEP 2 Tents were set up for the horsemen. A fence was built to keep the horses in.
STEP 3 Provisions were gathered for the feast. The Lord and his party went hunting. People picked fruits and vegetables. Butter and cheese were made. Wines and ales were brewed.
STEP 4 All the food was prepared in the great kitchen. Meats were roasted and boiled.
STEP 5 Guests came to the great hall for the feast. They washed their hands with scented water. The Bishop said grace. The feast began!
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Feudal System in A Medieval Feast

A Medieval Feast describes how one manor prepares for the King’s arrival. The story goes into detail about how the process works. A great way for your students to learn more about the chain of command during the Middle Ages would be to do a research project on the feudal system. Students can explore how the ruling system worked and who had power and who did not. Students can illustrate this chain using a storyboard. For an added challenge, students can describe the rights, responsibilities, and power of each rank.

A Medieval Feast Feudal System

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Medieval Crests in A Medieval Feast

A Medieval Feast mentions the Royal Crest being embroidered on the King’s chair. A fun activity could be to have your students create their own family crest using the storyboard art. Students can research what the symbols and colors meant during the Middle Ages and design their own.

Also check out our King Arthur teacher guide for another way students can make a crest!

A Medieval Feast - Crest Coat of Arms

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