I use the following PPT and Fill-in-the-Blank Notes (included in a zip file) to introduce The Canterbury Tales and Geoffrey Chaucer.
Background on Chaucer's Life
Background on the Tales themselves
Setting, Themes, Structure of The Canterbury Tales
Medieval Occupations and what they mean
Physical attributes seen in the Prologue and what they would mean to a medieval audience
The fill-in-the-blank notes are great; they keep students engaged, but they are brief enough that they don't stress about writing down every piece of information. Guided notes are a great way to scaffold note-taking skills.
Please enjoy and feel free to email me with questions!