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- The BritLitWit British Literature Mega-Bundle will save you tons of prep time, keep your students engaged, and provide a rigorous learning experience—all at an awesome discount! This bundle is a massive help for teachers new to the profession or British Literature, as well as a great refresh for tho$122.15$174.50Save $52.35
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is an engaging and rigorous experience for students—and an easy one for you—with the BritLitWit bundle! These resources transform a difficult text into a memorable unit. All materials are appropriate for any translation of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, as well as abridged and unabridged versions.
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- Bonus: Pacing guide with a sample schedule and additional suggestions for activities
- Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Knight? Intro Activity: In this just-for-fun quiz, students find out if they would qualify as a knight in medieval times by circling the statements they agree with, which are based on codes for chivalry. Includes a humorous scoring guide! Then, students explain why three items are relevant to their lives and/or society and explain why three items they didn't circle are outdated or unfitting. Students enjoy discussing these medieval standards and speculating about why things have and haven't changed!
- Introductory Slides: Introduce Sir Gawain and the Green Knight with this engaging slide presentation! This resource includes 10 well-researched slides that include a brief overview of the text, author background, an overview of chivalry in medieval times, characteristics of chivalric romance, components of a quest (and other examples in literature and film), influence of folklore on the text, notable poetic devices, and themes and the motifs that support them.
- Reading Questions: Includes 24 questions about significant plot events, along with a table for students to track what happens when the Green Knight takes his three swings at Gawain and what it signifies. Answer key included.
- Sir Gawain's Report Card: This review assignment requires students to give Gawain a letter grade for each "class" (based on the elements of chivalric romances) and describe the evidence they do or do not see in the text in the comments section. It includes a page that lists the features of chivalric romances and the Ten Commandments of Chivalry so students are clear about the criteria. Answer key included.
- Analyzing Quest Stories: Students analyze how the text meets the definition of a quest story. Characteristics for a quest are provided, and students write a paragraph to describe how the text meets those criteria, with a special focus on the stated reason for the quest vs. the real reason for the quest. They also write a paragraph to describe how another novel, film, or episode of a TV show also meets the criteria of a quest, and explain what psychological purposes they believe quest stories serve. A teacher's guide is included.
- Quiz: Includes 20 multiple-choice questions total (18 about the major plot points and 2 about the poetic devices of alliteration and bob and wheel verse). Answer key included.
- Sir Gawain's College Application Essay: This writing assignment helps students review the text and gives them an opportunity to practice the skills they'll need for college application essays! Using evidence from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight combined with their own imaginative extensions, students write an essay from Sir Gawain's perspective that addresses how his strengths and weaknesses surfaced within a challenge he faced. The rubric includes detailed instructions and the pre-writing sheet helps students organize details from the text first.
- Bonus: What virtues matter most to you?: Chivalric virtues guided Gawain, so to wrap up the unit, students identify three virtues/positive qualities that they want to embody. For each virtue, they add a representative icon and explain in a paragraph why the virtue matters to them, how they can create conditions that will help them embody it, and obstacles they predict. This assignment is a great parallel to the "Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Knight?" quiz and helps students create a deeper connection to the big ideas of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.
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