This activity pairs with the prologue of Chaucer's "The Canterbury Tales". The activity is half close reading & half research/webquest.
To begin this lesson, you may want to begin with the research portion. Provide students with a basic background on Chaucer's life & time period. Using internet resources, students will work in teams to find historical information/background on the professions of each character we will encounter in Chaucer's prologue. They will want to find facts as to what the role & day to day life of each figure (ie: a nun, a squire) looked like in Chaucer's time period. This historical research should be recorded in the box on the right hand side of the graphic organizer.
The second component of this assignment will be for students, ideally in small groups, to pull out examples of direct and indirect characterization about each of Chaucer's characters and record it in their charts.
I like to finish this activity by assigning each group a character to create a visual representation of using textual evidence and their background knowledge. I then display these posters around the room throughout our unit.