Invite your students into the Middle Ages with this three-week unit! Texts that are used in this unit include:
-- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, edited and translated by James Winny
-- The Alliterative Morte Arthure, translated by Valerie Krishna
-- Yvain: The Knight of the Lion, by Chretien de Troyes, translated by Burton Raffel
-- Lancelot: The Knight of the Cart, by Chretien de Troyes, translated by Burton Raffel
-- The Lais of Marie de France, translated by Glyn S. Burgess and Keith Busby
This unit delves into important aspects of medieval literature, including gender roles, paganism and Christianity, sexuality and temptation, Lady Fortune, chivalry, and courtly love.
As a class, you read Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, helping students make connections between what they read and what they learn about literature of the Middle Ages. Then, students divide into literature circle groups and dive headfirst into "The Alliterative Morte Arthure," "Yvain: The Knight of the Lion," or "Lancelot: The Knight of the Cart."
While they work, their literature circle readings are supplemented by close readings of a different type of medieval text: "The Lais of Marie de France." Students learn about one of the earliest (potential) women writers and how the times and her gender influenced how she wrote. These readings are done in a variety of ways, including whole-class readings, small group readings with presentations, and small group readings with jigsaw.
Lastly, students create a final expository paper over their literature circle readings. Each book has three different paper options, all of which are specific to that book and include line numbers where students can find important information. A rubric is included to help guide your grading decisions.
-- A Table of Contents
-- Success Criteria for each day of lessons
-- Scripted Lesson Plans for all fifteen days of the unit!
-- Notes over Specific Lines to help you guide discussion
-- Information regarding the following topics:
----- Gender in the Middle Ages
----- Pagan and Christian Influences
----- Sexuality and Temptation in the Middle Ages
----- Facts and Uncertainties about Marie de France
--Literature Circle Resources
----- Due Date Book Marks
----- A Due Date Chart (which details two different ways students can divide their literature circle readings, line numbers included)
----- Literature Circle Protocol (Available for free at my store)
-- Guided reading outline for Guigemar by Marie de France
-- Presentation description for Marie de France
-- Jigsaw Protocol for Marie de France
-- Final Paper: 3 Options for each Book
-- Final Paper Expository Rubric
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