Literature - The Canterbury Tales Unit Plan

Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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52 pages
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This 52-page unit plan for The Canterbury Tales includes all of the material from my various products for Geoffrey Chaucer’s masterfully satirical piece depicting the people and society of the Middle Ages, plus added activities, projects and material offering teachers and students multiple ways to study this text. A five-page satire section offers information on satire, as well as vocabulary that is prevalent in satiric works, both written and visual. A fun closure activity invites the class to view "A Knight’s Tale" movie and then, to compare and contrast it to Chaucer’s work.

Student Activities include

Prologue Activity

Literary Genres Activity

Rhyming Couplet Writing Assignment

Essay Topics and writing Assignment

Prologue Quiz with Satire Analysis

Two projects-one group and the other individual

A sample PowerPoint visual for Project #2

Satire Literary terms with space for discussion notes

Analyzing a Pilgrim’s Tale Activity, and

A Knight’s Tale (movie) Quiz and Answer Key

Teacher Material includes

Teacher Notes with CCS standards and Bloom’s Taxonomy choices, Grade Level, Assessments, and Ideas for Teaching

A 13-slide Middle Ages and The Canterbury Tales Informational PowerPoint

Literary Genre definitions

Satire and satire literary terms definitions

Answer Keys

Projects Rubrics

Building on my previous The Canterbury Tales material, this more thorough, clear, creative and practical product will enable teachers to offer their students with a challenging, appealing and vigorous unit of study.

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Total Pages
52 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 month
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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