ALEX Lesson Plan


What Do Women Most Desire?

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Author:LaSheree Sanford-Davis
System: Birmingham City
School: Ramsay High School
The event this resource created for:CCRS
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 33114


What Do Women Most Desire?


Students will conduct survey-based research and compile data that compares the responses that the knights from The Wife of Bath's Tale received to the response of persons in modern day society.   

This is a College- and Career-Ready Standards showcase lesson plan.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
25 ) Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question, including a self-generated question, or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation. [W.11-12.7]

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 12
29 ) Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on Grade 12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. [SL.11-12.1]

a. Come to discussions prepared, having read and researched material under study; explicitly draw on that preparation by referring to evidence from texts and other research on the topic or issue to stimulate a thoughtful, well-reasoned exchange of ideas. [SL.11-12.1a]

b. Work with peers to promote civil, democratic discussions and decision-making, set clear goals and deadlines, and establish individual roles as needed. [SL.11-12.1b]

c. Propel conversations by posing and responding to questions that probe reasoning and evidence; ensure a hearing for a full range of positions on a topic or issue; clarify, verify, or challenge ideas and conclusions; and promote divergent and creative perspectives. [SL.11-12.1c]

d. Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives; synthesize comments, claims, and evidence made on all sides of an issue; resolve contradictions when possible; and determine what additional information or research is required to deepen the investigation or complete the task. [SL.11-12.1d]

Local/National Standards:


Primary Learning Objective(s):

  • Collaborate to generate questions to be used for conducting an interview. 
  • Synthesize and present data. 
  • Demonstrate understanding of how literature shapes or reflects society.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

91 to 120 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Set of index cards for writing interview questions and recording responses.



Technology Resources Needed:

Smart phone or digital camera



This lesson should follow the reading and discussion of Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale.


Day 1:

1. After students have read Chaucer's The Wife of Bath's Tale, have them discuss the question that the knight has to answer on his quest.

2. Ask students if they think the responses to the question have changed since Chaucer's time.

3. Divide the class into groups of four or less.

4. Instruct groups to compose five questions that correspond with the question that the knight had to answer.    

5. Have students decide on five people of various ages, genders, grades, and professions whom they can interview using the questions the group compiled.

6. Allow students class time and homework time to go on "a quest" to get the responses and, with the interviewee's consent, record at least one of the interviews.

Day 2: 

7. Have groups to meet and compile the results of their responses and compare them to responses that the knight received.

8. Instruct students to create graphs and charts that reflect the results of the compiled responses.

9. Using the charts, graphs, and interviews, have students create an oral presentation which presents the answers that the group discovered in its modern day quest.           

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Assessment Strategies

Formative assessment of group discussions

Ask students to explain the results of the research

Allow students to present the differences in the knight's responses and the modern responses

Group presentation 


Students can write a reflection explaining to what extent literature reflects society.

Students can use the charts and graphs to report findings to a math class.  


Students may review graph and chart lessons with math instructors.

Students may use Oral Presentation Rubric as guideline for planning the presentation.


View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.