Activity Overview

For many years audiences have enjoyed learning about King Arthur, Merlin, the Knights of the Round Table, Guinevere and Lancelot, and more. It is true that the legend of King Arthur is fascinating, but what is real and what is myth?

Using a T-Chart labeled with Realistic Elements (or Historically Accurate or Factual) and Mythical Elements (or Fictional), students should choose different events or elements that illustrate parts of the story that could have actually happened, and those we know could not have happened. Many of the tales about King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table are folklore or based on speculation.

Historically, certain things did occur, and others are possible, even if they are not exactly like Arthurian legend. Other elements, like magic spells, dragons, and the holy grail are myths we can mark as definitely fiction.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard comparing realistic and mythical events in King Arthur.

  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify different elements or events in the story.
  3. Describe what the text says and then describe the reality.
  4. Illustrate each element with appropriate characters, scenes, and items.
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Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-8

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/6/9] Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/7/9] Compare and contrast a fictional portrayal of a time, place, or character and a historical account of the same period as a means of understanding how authors of fiction use or alter history
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/8/9] Analyze how a modern work of fiction draws on themes, patterns of events, or character types from myths, traditional stories, or religious works such as the Bible, including describing how the material is rendered new


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Compare and Contrast
Create a storyboard that compares the similarities and differences between two things.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Comparison Analysis
Text and images include a clear explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics. These comparisons go beyond superficial elements and show strong understanding.
Text and images include an explanation of similarities and/or differences between the categories or topics, but the explanation may lack clarity or show only superficial understanding in some squares.
Text and images may include no explanation of similarities and/or differences, or they may make only superficial or inaccurate comparisons.
Storyboard Image and Effort
Student clearly shows effort to convey the setting, characters and specific scene of the book. The scene is clearly identifiable based on the graphic depiction.
Student attempts to convey the setting, characters, and specific scene through use of graphics, but the depiction may be confusing, disordered, or lack some detail.
Student does not clearly convey the setting, characters, and scene.
Spelling and Grammar
Student uses exemplary spelling and grammar. There are no errors.
Student makes one or two minor errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.

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