Knights and Castles
Join them as they research the world of knights and castles and find out the facts behind the fiction.
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The author of this book, Mary Pope Osborne, is a famous American author. She has written many fiction and non-fiction books, including the award winning Magic Tree House series. The book you are about to read is a non-fiction companion book in this series. To learn more about Mary visit the website below. (This annotation contains a link)
1. The Middle Ages
Based on what you read and the illustration above, was the castle in the picture built recently or long ago?
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
Use the Define feature to get the definition of baron. Which statement below is true about a baron?
2. The Age of Castles
Non-fiction books have certain features that help you better understand the information. This video explains various non-fiction text features. (This annotation contains a video)
What non-fiction text feature is shown in the illustration?
Some authors use bold words to make important words stand out. Ms. Osborne uses italics, or slanted, words.
Which postion below is the first job you would have on your way to becoming a master craftsman?
3. Protecting the Castle
Some events that happen in a story have a cause and effect relationship. What does this mean? Watch the video below to find out. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section One
4. Castle Life
Readers make connections when they are reading. This video explains the three types of text connections. (This annotation contains a video)
Your classmate Joey has read a story, The Adventures of Sir Lancelot the Great: The Knight's Tales. He tells you about how the knights sit at a long table to eat their meal. What type of connection is Joey making?
5. Festivals and Fairs
It is important to read the titles of a chapter. They give you the main idea of the chapter, and will help your mind get ready for the information.
What is the author's purpose for including this chapter "Festivals and Fairs"? Give three details from this chapter to support your answer.
Sometimes you may see an unknown word, such as chevaliers, that is not in a dictionary. You will have to use context clues to determine the definition. This video explains how to use this reading skill. (This annotation contains a video)
Using context clues, which sentence below best describes a dubbing ceremony?
Do you think King Arthur was real? Read this article to help form your opinion. (This annotation contains a link)
Based on what your read in the article on the previous page and what you have read so far in this chapter, do you think King Arthur was real? Support your answer with facts from the article and this chapter.
Quiz for Section Two
Steel is a very heavy metal. Cars, dishwashers, filing cabinets, forks, and paperclips can be made of steel. Can you imagine walking around with a suit made of spoons? That is how heavy armor is!
The image below shows a display of various helmets. (This annotation contains an image)
What is a disadvantage to having a full helmet with your mouth covered?
Why do you think the sword is the most important weapon? Read on to find out.
Which weapon below was not used by the knight?
There are still jousting competitions today. This video will show the rules of present day competition. (This annotation contains a video)
9. Battles and Sieges
The author would most likely agree that people still do tournaments today because
What is the main difference between a belfry and a battering ram?
A type of non-fiction text structure is problem/solution. This video explains this structure. (This annotation contains a video)
10. The End of the Age of Castles
What is a problem with living in a castle?
Doing More Research
This bonus chapter teaches you how to do research to learn more about knights.
Why would someone who likes knights want to visit a museum?
Quiz for Section Three
The pages that follow contain the index for this book. The index has key words from the book and what page you can find them on. Use this feature to find and reread about your favorite part of knights and castles.