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Middle school scholars studying the Medieval Period in history recently took an exciting field trip to Medieval to see the world-famous show where knights on horseback compete for the affection of a princess.

Kamilyah Hardaway, who teaches English Language Arts to sixth and seventh graders, said Ivy Scholars enjoyed the journey through time. The Middle Ages, also known as the Medieval Period, lasted from the 5th -15th centuries.

“The sixth-grade social studies curriculum includes that time area,” Hardaway said. “We thought it would be awesome for the scholars to get a first-hand experience.”

When Ivy Scholars arrived at Medieval Times in the Sugarloaf Mills shopping center, they were greeted by the actors and actresses who preserve the lore of the Medieval Period. At the complex, the wait staff are referred to as wenches and peasants. The royals – the king, the queen, and the princess – are rulers who preside over the games of skill performed by brave knights on horseback.

“Scholars saw knights battle with swords and other weapons,” Hardaway explained. “They also had an educational component where scholars learned about chivalry as a way to behave to show respect. They had different skits with the knight and the king and the maid acting out scenes. They asked students how could they behave more respectfully toward each other. The kids had multiple choice questions to answer.”

Scholars then ate dinner as citizens of the court in a medieval kingdom. They were served chicken, potatoes, a roll, and corn on the cob to eat with their hands. (Forks were provided for the squeamish.)

“They thought it was interesting to eat with their hands,” Hardaway said. “Some of them were a little more hesitant than others. Most of the food wasn’t messy.”

While the audience in the stadium ate, knights who had returned from battle were competing for the affection of the princess. Ivy Scholars sat in the section of the yellow knight and had to cheer every time that the knight performed daring stunts.

“The knights picked up rings while riding and holding their spears,” Hardaway said. “They had to shoot their spears and sword fight. It was pretty scripted, but the kids were very excited. The yellow knight won the contest.”

Hardaway said the field trip helped to get her students excited about reading Shakespeare. “To be able to see it in real life and hear the language and the dialect change is a pre-curser to our Shakespeare lesson,” she said.

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