Activity Overview

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!

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Write "Steps to Prepare for the Feast" in the title box.
  3. In the description boxes, write a brief summary of each main event in sequential order.
  4. Add illustrations for each description using appropriate scenes, characters, and items.
  5. Save and Exit

Lesson Plan Reference

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/3/5] Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Sequence of Events Rubric
Create a storyboard that shows a sequence of events. Below each cell, type in a description about the importance of that part of the story.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Each of the cells represents a different part of the story. The cells are in order from beginning to end.
One cell is out of order, or the storyboard is missing important information.
Important information is missing and/or two or more cells are out of order.
Cells include images that accurately show events in the story and do not get in the way of understanding.
Most images show the events of the story, but some are incorrect.
The images are unclear or do not make sense with the story.
Descriptions match the images and show the change over time.
Descriptions do not always match the images or mention the importance of the event.
Descriptions are missing or do not match the images.
Spelling and Grammar
Spelling and grammar is mostly accurate. Mistakes do not get in the way of understanding.
Spelling is very inaccurate and hinders full understanding.
Text is very difficult to understand.

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