This is a great activity to introduce your students to the changes that have occurred over time to the English language.
Included in this package are samples of work from Old English (Beowulf), Transitional English (The Lais of Marie de France), Middle English (Canterbury Tales), Early Modern English (Shakespeare) and Late Modern English (Jane Austen). Have your students work together to make note of any characteristics that they notice from the samples provided.
To cap off your lesson, have your students listen to a podcast episode on the Great Vowel Shift (free and accessible on the internet and linked in the document). The examples mentioned in the podcast are the very examples used as samples for the first activity! Students will consolidate the information they learn from the podcast into a handy chart.
Preview the podcast episode used here.
I use this as part of my course on Introduction to Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology (HSP3U)
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