So – not to brag, but when it comes to King Arthur, I’m sort of an authority. I’ve always loved King Arthur, Robin Hood, and any other ‘legend’ type of story. So when I found out that I needed to teach different types of literary genres at some point during summer school, I started looking for worksheets on the topic that would be easy to print and go over together in class. (Keep in mind it’s a 5th grade lesson & they are 7th graders) Lo and behold – I found this awesome website: http://www.ereadingworksheets.com/genre/genre-worksheets/
So while browsing through said awesome website – I see one that has an example about Robin Hood – score! Everyone loves Robin Hood! Print, copy, assign as a question on their Summer School Midterm. Well I just finished grading their midterms and the overwhelming majority of students got the question wrong. What’s hilarious is that they all put the same wrong answer: The Story of Robin Hood is a Non-Fiction Autobiography.
REALLY!!!! HOLY SHIT THAT IS AWESOME!!!! I WISH I HAD ALWAYS KNOWN THAT ONE OF MY CHILDHOOD HEROES WASN’T ACTUALLY EXAGGERATED INTO LEGEND – BUT WAS AN ACTUAL
FIRST-HAND ACCOUNT WRITTEN BY THE MAN HIMSELF!!! AWESOME!
Which brings me to really get to thinking – which version is the real one, that according to my students – actually wrote down the tales of himself and his Merry Men?
D. Did they think it was ‘robbin’intha’hood’ & was some random dude in their neighborhood?
My personal favorite point – The actual correct answer (fiction, legend) was on the study guide that they were allowed to use on the test – IN BOLD PRINT. But hey – that’s cool. Breaking news – Robin Hood is real and wrote down his story himself. Then he hired Kevin Costner to play him. I always knew Allan Rickman was old, but geez he was casted by Robin himself in the year 1250 AD. He looks good for his age. And I have to laugh about this because if I don’t laugh it makes me want to cry – or cut out my heart – WITH A SPOON!!!!
I must be the best teacher ever. They also all thought that the example about human clones teleporting through space was Historical Fiction. But we won’t get into how sad I am that our culture has somehow forgotten how to teleport or how to build the technology to do so. Beam me up before I get too delerious….