The age of knights and chivalry can intrigue people of all ages. Using dramatization, children can learn about this historical period at a level not possible through classroom lectures alone. Drama puts students inside the story and helps them remember and conceptualize the information more easily, according to 2007 article in “Early Childhood Education.” A skit about chivalrous behavior assists kids to understand the concept and reality.
If you were to ask many students who or what they think of when they hear the term “chivalry,” they might say King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. You could adapt chivalrous stories from the Arthurian legends to create skits for kids. You could begin with the story of how Lancelot rescued Guinevere. Plots from the TV series “Merlin” or the movie and musical “Camelot” also provide material for skits about chivalry set around King Arthur.
Thomas Bulfinch provides many stories you can easily morph into skits illustrating chivalrous behavior. Bulfinch compiled stories about King Arthur, Beowulf, Robin Hood and “The Mabinogeon,” Welsh tales in volume three of his mythology that kids will enjoy reading and adapting into dramatized versions for classroom or personal presentations. “Bulfinch’s Mythology” is part of the public domain, so kids can access it in public libraries or on the Internet.
Knights and Dragons
English literature offers many other tales easily adapted into skits about chivalrous behavior. Kids could enjoy the exploits of St. George as he kills a dragon and rescues the princess who was to be sacrificed. The story is short enough that kids can easily design the sets and props for production in a short amount of time. Kids could adapt Shrek’s rescue of Princess Fiona as a more modern and comical version of the knight rescuing a princess from the dragon.
According to the “World English Dictionary,” chivalry is characterized by “courage, honor, justice and a readiness to help the weak.” Chivalrous behavior doesn’t have to take place in the past -- it can occur today. Your could write a skit about a contemporary person who exhibits those characters, such as a kid who exhibits courage, honor and justice and finds a way to outwit a bully and rescue the victim. Kids could see how chivalry still applies today and that anyone can demonstrate chivalrous behavior.