"The Prologue" to the Canterbury Tales
I have included in this lesson everything I have ever used to teach "The Prologue" to the Canterbury Tales. The notes are notes I took in grad school combined with my research over the last fifteen years. I suggest you read over them as some of the content is a bit bawdy and not what you will find in the usual high school textbook. Because of this, I am suggesting that the notes for “The Prologue” not necessarily be a projectable, but that they serve you in understanding the text to a greater degree. With that said, these items have served me well over the years and have ensured that the finer nuances of the text are brought into the lives of our students. May they serve you and your students in the same manner.
Common Core standards covered in this lesson:
This lesson plan includes
1. “Timeline of the English Language” – projectable/reproducible.
2. Author Background Notes – Chaucer – to help you, the teacher, understand the original ideas behind the complex text.
3. Discussion Points – to use for guiding daily discussion in class, to assign to groups as conversation starters, or to use as research topics.
4. “The Prologue” Notes – projectable/reproducible.
5. Direct and Indirect Characterization Chart – for students to keep track of examples of characterization as they read. These will be used for the Character Chart Assignment (below).
6. Vocabulary Terms chart
7. Character Chart Assignment
8. Chivalry Essay Assignment
9. Rubrics for Character Chart Assignment and Chivalry Essay