The Royal Joust
Lesson Plan

created by Kathleen Thiebert

Classroom Theater

Use the classroom theater (play) version of this story (coming soon!) so the students can put on their own performance of "The Royal Joust." Give a copy of the play to each student who has a part.

Things to Talk About

  • Do you think, Giles, the page, was a good friend to Lindsey? Explain your answer.
  • Why didn't Lindsey raise her visor when she won the Royal Joust? What would you have done if you were Lindsey?
  • Why wasn't Lindsey's mother angry with her for competing in the Royal Joust?
  • Now that Lindsey has shown that girls can be just as skilled in the knightly arts as boys, what could Lindsey do to ensure that girls be allowed to compete in the Royal Joust in the following years?
  • Sir William was the head judge in the Royal Joust. Would you want him to be the head judge the next year for the competition when girls are allowed to enter? Explain your answer.

Write Your Own

You are a sports reporter for the Castle News Times. Your assignment is to cover the story of the Royal Joust. Start with an eye catching caption, then write the WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and HOW of the story.

Careful Reading

1) Paraphrase(put into your own words)
"knocked off his face" (p.75)
"drop his guard" (p.75)

2) Lady Rowena reminds Sir William that it is his duty to congratulate the winners. (p.78) Can you give an example of a time when you felt it was your duty to do something that you didn't want to do? Explain

Interesting Words

First define these words by using the context clues in the book. Next, write a synonym for each word listed. (Use your own words.)
1. joust (p.69) 6. tongue-tied (p.74)
2. lament (p.70) 7. maintain (p.75)
3. unseat (p.71) 8. ovation (p.76)
4. festive (p.72) 9. presented (p.76)
5. breakneck (p.73) 10. befuddled (p.79)

Creative Activities

  • A hyperbole is an exaggerated statement. (Example: He talks ninety miles an hour.) Write a hyperbole about one of the characters in the story.
  • Draft a new set of rules and regulations for the next Royal Joust competition that will include both boys and girls to compete fairly according to skill level.
  • Write the dialogue between Lindsey and her brother the next morning when she tells Reggie they won the race.
  • Get into small groups and write a community story. First, think of a situation in which a boy or girl challenged what their parents or society expected them to do. Come up with a one or two sentence summary of a story involving this character. When the group is ready, let one student write down the first sentence of the story. The next student will then continue the story with his or her own sentence. Keep doing this until the story is finished. Make sure that each student's sentence makes sense in the context of the sentences that preceded it.