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Students will take their knowledge of varying tales in The Canterbury Tales and create comic strip representations of them.
This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.
Primary Learning Objective(s):
Additional Learning Objective(s):
61 to 90 Minutes
Materials and Resources:
Texts from The Canterbury Tales. Some of the more popular tales for high school seniors include "The Nun's Priest's Tale," "The Pardoner's Tale," and "The Wife of Bath's Tale."
Most senior literature textbooks include two or more tales from The Canterbury Tales.
Technology Resources Needed:
Internet Access for Web tools such as:
http://www.pixton.com/schools/overview (teachers can sign up for a free trial)
1. Assign students to groups. Each group must choose one of the tales from The Canterbury Tales that was read as part of the class. Each group will summarize its tale so that it will fit into one short comic strip. Comic strips must contain at least 6 boxes, and every box must contain either dialogue or a caption.
2. If students have access to the Internet, they may use a comic strip creator via the Internet. Possible websites to use are included in the "Technology Resources" section. For students who do not have access to the Internet, they can draw out their comic strips on typing paper or cardstock.
Each group will be assessed on the following:
For higher level learners, students will be required to compose their own "tale" in the style of Chaucer and his tales. Tale must include an overall lesson like Chaucer's tale did.
Students will also be required to create a visual representation of their tale. Students can create it online, digitally, or some type of tangible representation of the tale.
Students may be grouped according to ability level or stories may be assigned based on complexity.
Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom
for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading
or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at
a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with
short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions;
poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.