A Fair Welcome to the Season

Huzzah!  Huzzah!  

Welcome one and all to the most merry of occasions, the annual Medieval Fair!  By decree of the Queen, we again host jousters, jugglers, jesters, mummers, dancers, artisans, and merchants of all sorts who will entertain, amuse and beguile you with their trades.  Come along with us and see from start to finish the makings of a Medieval Fair worthy of the court of the finest nobility in the land.

Medieval Fair 2015 on PhotoPeach

Do you have any shopping or entertainment traditions for the holiday season? What do you do at school or at home to celebrate the winter holidays?

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Exploring the Middle Ages

For the past seven years, our middle school students have hosted a Medieval Fair for our entire school.  We read literature pertaining to the Middle Ages, study the history of the time period, and then put our knowledge to use by creating a town fair, complete with jousting tournaments, swordplay, dramatic presentations, juggling, stilt walking, music, and of course, booths of food and wares.

In our blogging adventures, we have noticed that Mr. Miller and his class at Chalone Peaks Middle School in King City, California, also study this era in history, but in a very different way.  They bring a modern twist to the Middle Ages by recreating Medieval villages through Minecraft.  (Click on the photo to visit Mr. Miller.)

Mr. Miller's Medieval Minecraft

Mr. Miller’s Medieval Minecraft

Mr. Chiu’s class at Aldergove Public School in Ontario, Canada, also studied the Middle Ages.  They created 3D models and made oral presentations. Visit Mr. Chiu’s class by clicking on the photo.

A 3D model of a castle in Mr. Chiu's class

A 3D model of a castle in Mr. Chiu’s class

The Year 6 students at Tirlebrook Primary School in Gloucestershire, U.K.,  took a field trip for a Magnificent Medieval Day this past July.  You can watch them in action in a slide show on their blog.

Elder Tree student playing a game of 9 Men's Morris

Elder Tree student playing a game of 9 Men’s Morris

Of course, you can see how we celebrate by visiting any of our archived posts listed under Medieval Fair.

In 1271, a young Marco Polo sailed from his home in Venice, Italy, to exotic lands in the Far East, bringing back tales of his adventures.   Like the Venetian explorer from the Middle Ages, you can visit other far off classrooms to discover how their studies of the Medieval Era are similar to and different from ours and then write about your travels in a comment or post.  Start a conversation with another class who is also studying the Medieval time period.  

In addition to blogs, you can visit some cool websites as well!

Medieval Music

Everything Medieval

Happy traveling!  


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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!


Welcome to the sixth annual ECS Medieval Fair!

As part of the middle school’s study of Medieval Literature, we welcome you to our    re-creation of a trade fair, a common event in town squares during the Middle Ages.  Held on this feast day of St. John Berchman, in the year of our lord 2013, our fair offers you handcrafted wares and authentic food and drink in exchange for your pennies.  At 10 am, the bell will ring, signaling the start of our mystery, miracle, and morality plays.  Until then, please shop, eat, drink, and be merry!!

Let the Fair Commence!!  God speed!

Medieval Fair 2013 on PhotoPeach

What about living in the Middle Ages is better than living in modern times?  What is worse?  If you could live in any time period, which would you choose and why?

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Huzzah and Godspeed!

Hear ye, Hear ye!

We are about to embark on our annual journey to the Fair!  Join us as we travel back 1000 years to the days of castles, lords, ladies, serfs, and knights.

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Mummers and jugglers at the fair!

To learn more about the medieval days, travel through history with your guide on this interactive medieval site.

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Selling our wares

Or take a tour here, with this guide to medieval life.

List three things you learned about life during the middle ages that you did not know before.

Write one thing you want to know.

Let the journey commence!


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Playing the age old game of checkers



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Medieval Murder Mystery

Hey Kids!

I thought you might be interested in this news story about the supposed burial site of King Richard III.   I found it today on the Yahoo news page.  The article is interesting for us for four reasons:

  1. it involves a Medieval king, Richard III,
  2. who was the subject of one of Shakespeare‘s history plays,
  3. as well as the modern novel, Sent, by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

The 7th and 8th graders began Haddix’s series The Missing last summer by reading Found.    Quite a few continued with Sent.

Book 2 of The Missing series

Book 2 of The Missing series

The fourth reason the article is interesting is because it contains a grammatical error, specifically a spelling error.  Can you find it?

This year I am planning a bulletin board called The Grammar Slammer.  Here, we will confine grammatical errors until such time as the class can bail them out.  Be on the lookout for any grammatical errors on public display.  We will put them in the Grammar Slammer, and as the arresting officer, you will earn extra credit.

Why do you think more grammatical errors are being found on public display nowadays than in the past?

What do you think of the article?  Would you ever like to be an archeologist?


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Huzzah! ECS Medieval Fair 2012

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!  The Middle Schoolers hearby extend their humble thanks to all those who attended our fair!  We are most grateful for the assistance of many lords, ladies, knights, mummers, friars, and serfs who allowed us to see our literature come to life.

Journey with us back in time to see, hear, taste, smell, and touch life in the Middle Ages. 

What did you like most about the fair?

The Medieval Fair at ECS 2012 on PhotoPeach

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A Medieval Webquest

Goodspeed Grade 8!   I trust this note finds you all in good spirits and health.  From what I have seen, you have been advancing well in your studies of Medieval literature and life.  As you have immersed yourselves in the Middle Ages, you have eaten some of their food, played their games, acted in their plays, made their wares, dressed in their garb, listened to their music, and read their poetry.  Today you will continue your journey….

Learning a new game

What game are Aaron and Kyle playing?  Visit this website.  http://www.jamesadamshistoricenterprises.com/treasuretrove/gameschessninemensmorris.html

Could Beowulf have played this game?  How did you come to this conclusion?  What else did you learn about this game?

Rehearsing “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”

Would our actors be acceptable for our play in the Middle Ages?  Visit this website. http://medievaleurope.mrdonn.org/plays.html

How are the actors in morality plays different than those in mystery and miracle plays?

Doll artisans at work for the fair

Read this page. http://medievaleurope.mrdonn.org/tradefairs.html

How will our fair be the same as an authentic Medieval Fair?  How will it be different?  List as many similarities and differences as you can.

A Medieval Castle

Perhaps Herot Hall looked something like this.  (Does anyone know where I got this picture?)   Visit this site. http://medievaleurope.mrdonn.org/literature.html

What epic poem was written after Beowulf?  How many years lapsed between the two poems?  What was this poem about?

The Middle Ages were an age of exploration as well.  Keep up your own quest for knowledge.  Visit these websites:




Find out how the people of the time lived.  In a comment on this post, share at least five new ideas/facts you’ve discovered in your search.  Teach me something I don’t know!

Have fun and learn lots!

~Lady Donofrio

We would be most happy to have visitors other than Grade 8 students enjoy our webquest as well! 



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Hear ye, Hear ye!

Let it be known throughout the land that official preparations for the annual Medieval Fair have begun!  Our artisans created banners and coats of arms in order to transform our courtyard into a Middle Ages marketplace for peasants and priests, jousters and jugglers, knights and nobility.

While we worked, we also listened to Medieval music.  Here is a link to some music that will bring you back to the days of lords and ladies, serfs, knights, mummers and minstrels.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPkLhSVtPS4

Have you ever read any stories about life in the Middle Ages? 

Have you heard of King Arthur, Beowulf, or Robin Hood?  Have you read the books Crispin by Avi or Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix? 

Would you like to live in the Middle Ages?

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Pretioles for everyone!

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!  All citizens and friends of Hey, Kids!  Today we begin preparations in earnest for our Medieval Fair, an event to commence with great fanfare!  Let it be known throughout the land that from this day forward, until the 20th of November, the town crier will bring news of these days and times to all in the kingdom.

Today the subjects of our fair land enjoyed Pretioles, a treat introduced by monks in the early middle ages.  Baked in the shape of children with their arms crossed over their chests in prayer, pretioles, Latin for “little reward”, were given to children when they had learned a prayer.  The three holes in the middle represented the three persons of the Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Our modern word pretzel comes from the Latin, pretiole.

What do you know about life in the Middle Ages?

Join us on our journey as we read Crispin and Beowulf, and as we prepare for our Medieval Fair.  Huzzah and Good Speed!

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