Nov 6, 2009 3:22 PM by sleonard
New Iberia, LA (November 6, 2009)-EDS fifth grade students engaged in a comprehensive study of Medieval times for the past nine weeks. Beginning with the year 400 A.D. and climaxing with enlightenment of the Renaissance, students enjoyed a multi-discipline approach to their study. Enrichment curricula, such as literature (Library Science Enrichment), crafts, and artistic rendering of historical architecture and people (Art Enrichment), has been presented in concert with History, Reading and Science lessons. This approach balances the subject matter and provides a wide-ranging look at Medieval times.
Fifth grade students will don assigned Medieval character attire to portray the look of common folk such as monks, wizards, peasants, fairies. An outdoor art exhibit includes each fifth graders "self-portrait". illuminations, iconography and medieval castle paintings. A collection of Medieval items, accumulated from parents and faculty, will be displayed. Festivities include a morning filled with arts and crafts, a noonday banquet/feast, and a "grand activity". Activities culminate in a "Quest for Knighthood" in which both boys and girls recite a Code of Chivalry on bended knee, decipher clues written in Medieval vernacular to complete their quest, and enjoy the spoils of their labor when each claims a purse of victory.
Art work from the festival will be displayed at the Downtown Art Walk on Saturday, November 7th from 4-7pm at the Sliman Theater.