The shield given to Gawain near the beginning of the second part of the poem is key to understanding Gawain's character and to understanding many of the choices he will make throughout the narrative up to the end.
This worksheet/activity can be performed with teacher assistance or as an aid to silent or small group reading. The activity can be performed individually, in small groups, or as a class.
When the students have completed the worksheet, they will possess an understanding of Gawain's character which is key to understanding why he makes the choices he does throughout the poem.
Sir Gawain's Shield -- The Meaning of the Pentangle by Robert M. Baker is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License