1. Open class with asking the question "What makes a character realistic?" Allow students to write the responses on adhesive back note pads.
2. Encourage students to share responses and post the notes in an area for all students to review.
3. Lead students in a discussion about how what an author does or does not reveal reflects the author's attitude about a subject.
4. Give each student a card with the name of one of pilgrims printed on one side. (There are a limited number of female characters, therefore some female students may need to be assigned characters that would traditionally be male).
5. Tell students to read what Chaucer has included in The Prologue about the character.
6. Have students write a brief summary about the character on the back of the card. Encourage students to look for details about the character's physical appearance, clothing, speech, profession and habits. Tell students to look for anything that is unusual about the character. Allow students time to use the internet to research the character's profession and find any behaviors that are in contrast to what the character should be.
7. Tell the students that they must keep any contrasting information a "secret".
8. Explain that each the pilgrims fit into one of three classes: the church, the court or the commoners. Assign designated areas for each of the groups to sit and have the students to move to the assigned area.
9. Allow the students to spend some time discussing their assigned character with the other members in their "class", remembering to keep the "secret" a "secret". Then tell the students that they may move around the room and introduce their themselves to the others who are not a part of their class.
10. Tell the students that they must share their secret with only one other person.
11. At the end of class, tell students that as an out of class assignment, they must post the secret as a part of the the class blog, beginning each post with a disclaimer like "I heard that...," "Did you know that...", "Don't tell anyone but..., and then include the pilgrim's name and the secret.
12. Present the blog during the next class period using a interactive white board. Have each student share information about his character after the "secret" has been presented to the class.