Great Literature: Robin Hood

Week 14: Great Literature: Robin Hood

View K – 3:  Robin Hood (Disney Movie)

4– 5:  Robin Hood by Annie Ingle

6 – 8:  Robin Hood by Paul Creswick

Discuss:

  • Name each of the major characters in the Robin Hood story and tell a little about each one.                                                                                                                                   1.  Robin Hood: Young, Brave, excellent archer, steals from the rich to give to the poor, lives in Sherwood forest, loves Marian
    2.  Prince John: Rich, spoiled, rules unjustly, dishonest,wants Robin Hood dead
    3.  Sheriff of Nottingham: Works for Prince John, unfair to the poor, wants Robin Hood dead, tries unsuccessfully to catch him, greedy
    4.  Prince (King) Richard: true heir to throne; away fighting the Crusades
    5.  Maid Marian: beautiful, sweet, good with a sword, in love with Robin Hood
    6.  Friar Tuck: Monk, fat but strong, fond of eating and drinking, wants to serve God
    7.  Little John: Huge man, part of Robin Hood’s band of men living in the forest, excellent fighter
    8.  Will Stuteley (Scarlett): Part of Robin Hood’s band of men living in the forest, excellent wrestler
  • Who is the greatest archer in the land? (Robin Hood)
  • Why does Robin Hood steal from the rich? (to give to the poor)
  • Why does the Sheriff hate Robin so much? (because he is unable to catch him)
  • How was Robin able to enter the archery tournament? (disguised himself)
  • Stories about Robin Hood have been popular for about 500 years (since the 14th & 15 centuries). Why do you think this story has remained so popular for so long? (Answers will vary.)
  • Some people believe the stories of Robin Hood were based on a real person. Do you believe this story was based on real-life events or do you think it was fictional (made-up)? (Answers will vary.)
  • Which character in the story is your favorite? Why? (Answers will vary.)

Activities: K – 8: 

  1. Watch this video about Long bows and cross bows. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HagCuGXJgUs
  2. Note: Read the following information to your students: Both Long bows and cross bows were weapons during the Middle Ages. The Longbow was faster to load. Many arrows could be shot in a short period of time. They were used by skilled archers.
    Crossbows were easy to operate and could be used by unskilled archers. Because they were easier to aim, old men and young boys could easily shoot with them. Crossbows’ arrows could often penetrate armor.
    Hunting was a popular sport for the nobility during the Middle Ages. Wealthy families often used dogs and/or falcons to help them catch their prey. Many rode on horseback to chase and corner the desired animal. Bows and arrows were typically the weapon of choice, although spears were also used. Hunted animals included deer, boars, rabbit, geese, ducks, and pheasants. Medieval hunting laws forbade peasants from hunting on land they did not own. If peasants were caught hunting on land owned by a king or nobleman, they could be killed or tortured.

K – 4: Create your own bow and arrows! You will need: A large stick (slightly curved) about 3 feet long (from a tree). Elastic Cord about 3 and ¼ feet long. Plastic straws. Feathers, Aluminum foil. Tape.
Tie one end of the cord to your stick. Tie the other end of the cord to the other end of the stick. Shape small pieces of tin foil into arrowheads and tape them to one end of your straws. Tape plastic feathers onto the other end of your straws. Pull your arrows back on the cord attached to your “bow” and release!
5 – 8: Write your own story about a starving peasant living near a nobleman’s forest, OR pretend you are a newspaper reporter. Write an article about a peasant caught hunting within a nobleman’s forest.

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Copyright September 19th, 2014 by Gwen Fredette

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