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English IV Students Teach The Canterbury Tales
Mr. Anderson's English IV students researched and presented a character to the class from Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. Students were required to have a minimum of 15 power point slides and had to identify Chaucer's use of situational and verbal irony. They also had to discuss character traits and analyze specific lines for their respective character.
In addition, the class studied "The History of the Middle Ages" as a cross-curricular activity. Students had to explain any reference to the Middle Ages as part of the project. For example, in the tale about "The Doctor," there is a reference to "pestilence." Students recognized that this was referring to the bubonic plague that killed thousands of people in Europe during the Middle Ages. When each student presented his or her assigned character, the rest of the class took notes on Google docs. The final test included questions from each student's presentation.
Some students even dressed up like their character for extra credit. Albert Funderburke dressed as The Plowman, and Isaiah Hicklin dressed as The Parson.
Written by: Gary Anderson, English teacher
Posted: Jan 29, 2015 by Carrie Mabry