If you have never taught King Arthur or thought it's irrelevant today, think again. This download is a great quickstart guide to King Arthur. It includes a wonderful general guide (as a link to another document), a quiz for that guide, ideas for comparative reading of the legend, student note-taking outline, I Am poem, and a modern guide to Chivalry group assignment, which is kind of like a list of modern rules similar to those of chivalry.
It also includes a 70 question final test and an annotated character list as part of the download, as well as a viewing guide to the A&E King Arthur (you'll have to find that DVD).
I have taught King Arthur as a two week honors-level unit and as a two-day lesson with freshmen. This lesson plan allows you to do just that: focus on the basics or really get into the story. If nothing else, the guide is a perfect synopsis and you must teach Elaine of Astolat and The Lady of Shalott together (with emotion). It's sad if your students do not know at least the basic King Arthur story, but you can give them that story with this download.
Bear in mind that if you want to extend the lesson to a couple of weeks and matching the final test, you might have to search for the exact texts used in the test / comparative reading, since these were in anthologies and sometimes available online. My wife and I taught at different schools with at least four versions of King Arthur available, so this download reflects a mix of those resources. You may not be able to use everything without going online, making copies, or going through your book room, but that's how this unit was created in the first place.
Whether you're into Artur himself, more partial to Guinivere, think Lancelot fits his name, or want to know more about the following list of topics, this is your lucky day to avoid doing all the work for once.
Topics include: Knights, Knighthood, and Chivalry; Medieval Romance; Titangel; The Sword in the Stone; Merlin; The Thirteen Treasures of Britain (from the Triads); Arthur’s Warriors (from Culhwch and Olwen); Lady of the Lake; Excalibur; The Round Table; The Matchless Knights; Sir Gawain; Sir Kay; Sir Mordred; Sir Bedivere; Camelot; Courtly Love; Quests; The Holy Grail; or Avalon and Glastonbury.