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The Canterbury Tales

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Level C (50 points possible). You will be assessed for each activity in this level that you choose to complete. Complete at least one activity from each of the C level areas below. You must complete this layer before moving on to the next.  *NOTE: Honors students are required to complete an additional 50 points from this Menu. No more than 20 points of that may come from Level C.

VOCABULARY




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Choose 15 words from The Canterbury Tales that are not on the study guide, look up their definitions and create flashcards. Learn them.

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2

Create a crossword using words from the vocabulary list.   Be sure to include a word bank.

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3

Create a glossary of 20 medieval words which we no longer use.

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COMPREHENSION




TASK

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1

Create a 10 question reading quiz for either “The Pardoner’s Tale” or ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale”. Include an answer key.

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2

Find a song that expresses the ideas of “The Pardoner’s Tale” and ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale”. Include the lyrics for each and a DETAILED explanation of how it fits.

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3

Create a mobile of characters in “The Prologue” based on their social positions. Include physical descriptions and character traits OR show these with sketches.

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ELEMENTS




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Memorization: Memorize the first 18 lines of “The Prologue” in Middle English and recite for the class. (see handout)

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2

Time Capsule. Choose one of your favorite characters from The Canterbury Tales and create a time capsule for that character. You need to choose a cylindrical container (i.e. popcorn tin, Pringles chip canister, coffee can, etc.) In the container, you should place SIX carefully chosen items that you think the character would value most. A quote from the literature representing each item and an explanation of why the item is in the container should accompany each item in the capsule. Be sure to decorate the outside of the capsule accordingly.

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3

Create a Character Recipe (see handout)

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Fakewall. Choose a character from “The Prologue”. Using the Facebook template, create an info page and a “wall” page for that character, or you may use myfakewall.com to create a “page” for your character. Print the screen and send me the link via Engrade.

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5

Create a code of behavior. Using the elements of chivalry as a guide, create a modern day “code of chivalric behavior.” Present in an appropriate fashion.

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6

Table for Twelve. Create a seating arrangement for 12 pilgrims, with a written rationale for each. Then use poster board to create a visual representation. (see handout)

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Level B (30 points possible). Choose one of the activities below. Credit is earned for learning, which comes about through listening, writing, discussion, reading and doing. You will be assessed using the rubric particular to your choice. 




TASK

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Create a comic strip for “The Pardoner’s Tale” or ‘The Wife of Bath’s Tale”. Use at least 5 underlined vocabulary words. Show foreshadowing or irony; unless it is obvious, explain it briefly at the end.  

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2

Create a board game that focuses on   the plot, elements, and vocabulary of The Canterbury Tales. Include clear directions for how to play, as well as everything needed to do so. (see handout)

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3

Cereal Box. Use an old, empty cereal box and cover it with paper. Decorate it according to this criteria based on the play The Canterbury Tales.. FRONT: Title, author, Sentence Summary, Significant Illustration; BACK: Create a puzzle or game that goes along with the work; SIDE ONE: Main characters in order of importance and complete description of setting; SIDE TWO: Relevant historical and biographical information; INSIDE: “Surprize” relating to the play; TOP: Name, class period, date

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4


Create a Personal Coat of Arms. This should be poster size, fully illustrated and suitable for display. You may use this website to create your personal coat of arms. (see handout).

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5

Write a Frame Story. Write your own prologue to a modern frame story. Set your story in a public place, such as an airport or bus station, where people are waiting or perhaps on a class field trip, especially a long one. You might choose to use a situation where a group of people are stranded by a storm or waiting for rescue from an accident. Decide who the narrator will be and who the travelers will be, as well as their professions, attitudes, physical appearance, etc. Model your prologue after “The Prologue” and describe your characters in such a way that their inner natures are revealed. You need to include at least 10 characters.

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A Layer (20 points possible).  For TASK 1 only: Find two current, reliable sources on the topic,  and create a bibliography for each one. Next, write a preliminary outline. Then draft your opinion on the issue citing your research for support. Your opinion should be in paragraph form, include citations, and be a minimum of 300 words. Paper should be in MLA format.

Proofread, edit and type your final draft. Turn in the following:

___Rough draft and preliminary outline

___Final (typed) draft with citations

___Works Cited page

Choose one question to answer.                                             





TASK

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DATE/ INITIALS

1

Research one of the following topics: Peasants revolt of 1381, the Crusades, Courtly Love, or the Black Death

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2

Portraits of Medieval Women. Complete lesson 559 on SAS Curriculum Pathways. (see handout) Be sure to cite all sources in MLA format.

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3

Web Quest. Complete the Web Quest for this unit. You must follow directions and cite ALL sources correctly, according to MLA format. (see handout)

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