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This unit focuses on "The Prologue" to Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. The assignments and assessment are based on the translation by Nevill Coghill which can be found in the Holt Sixth Course textbook (2003 edition). The translation is also widely available online. The complete text of "The Prologue" itself is not included in this unit.
This product contains four separate files (all Word):
(1) The Pilgrim Presentation
This individual, partnered, or small group assignment requires students to read, analyze, and understand one pilgrim very well, and then, via a peer-teaching exercise and speech, convey their understanding to the rest of the class. Students may use technology to better engage their peers.
(2) The Prologue Exam
This 25-item exam is divided into two sections: direct quotes and descriptive statements. Every answer is the name of a pilgrim.
(3) New Pilgrim Creative Writing Assignment
This assignment asks students to add themselves to The Canterbury Tales by composing a poetic introduction (following Chaucer's style). They are then asked to provide a prose rationale explaining how they will interact with the other pilgrims on the journey.
(4) Unit Plan
A description of how I use these materials in my own classroom. The unit itself takes roughly two weeks to complete, depending on individual teacher choices and class size.