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Ch 2: Anglo Saxon and Medieval Literature - 11th Grade: Help and Review

About This Chapter

The Anglo Saxon and Medieval Literature chapter of this 11th Grade English Help and Review course is the simplest way to master an understanding of Anglo Saxon and medieval literature. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure students learn the essentials of Anglo Saxon and medieval literature.

Who's it for?

Anyone who needs help learning or mastering 11th grade English material will benefit from taking this course. There is no faster or easier way to learn 11th grade English. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who have fallen behind in understanding Old English or working with the historical context
  • Students who struggle with learning disabilities or learning differences, including autism and ADHD
  • Students who prefer multiple ways of learning 11th grade English (visual or auditory)
  • Students who have missed class time and need to catch up
  • Students who need an efficient way to learn about Anglo Saxon and medieval literature
  • Students who struggle to understand their teachers
  • Students who attend schools without extra English learning resources

How it works:

  • Find videos in our course that cover what you need to learn or review.
  • Press play and watch the video lesson.
  • Refer to the video transcripts to reinforce your learning.
  • Test your understanding of each lesson with short quizzes.
  • Verify you're ready by completing the Anglo Saxon and Medieval Literature - 11th Grade chapter exam.

Why it works:

  • Study Efficiently: Skip what you know, review what you don't.
  • Retain What You Learn: Engaging animations and real-life examples make topics easy to grasp.
  • Be Ready on Test Day: Use the Anglo Saxon and Medieval Literature - 11th Grade chapter exam to be prepared.
  • Get Extra Support: Ask our subject-matter experts any Anglo Saxon and medieval literature question. They're here to help!
  • Study With Flexibility: Watch videos on any web-ready device.

Students will review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in an Anglo Saxon and Medieval Literature unit of a standard 11th grade English course. Topics covered include:

  • Introduction to medieval literature
  • Beowulf
  • Canterbury Tales
  • The Miller's Tale
  • The Nun's Priest's Tale

13 Lessons in Chapter 2: Anglo Saxon and Medieval Literature - 11th Grade: Help and Review
Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

1. Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English, and Historical Context

We'll go over some quick medieval history to situate some of the major literary works of the time period. We're going from Caedmon and Beowulf, writing in Old English, all the way up to Sir Thomas Malory's collections of the Arthur myths in late Middle English.

Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

2. Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

In this lesson, we'll take a look at the Old English epic, Beowulf. We'll explore what happens, how it's written and why it has such a lasting legacy.

Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales

3. Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales

In this lesson, we'll introduce medieval writer Geoffrey Chaucer. We'll take a look at his life, his most famous works, including 'The Canterbury Tales,' and we'll spend some time learning how to read Middle English.

The Canterbury Tales General Prologue: Style, Structure, and Characters

4. The Canterbury Tales General Prologue: Style, Structure, and Characters

In this lesson, we'll go over the General Prologue to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. We'll take a look at some of the most interesting pilgrims and establish the frame narrative for the rest of the work.

The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale: Two Approaches to Chivalric Romance

5. The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale: Two Approaches to Chivalric Romance

In this lesson, we'll outline some of the key features of the medieval genre of chivalric romance. Then we'll talk about two very different tales that are examples of this genre: The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale.

The Miller's Tale: Chaucer's Fabulous Fabliau

6. The Miller's Tale: Chaucer's Fabulous Fabliau

In this lesson we'll talk about the medieval genre of fabliau, which is full of wonderfully low-brow humor. We'll also discuss the plot of the Miller's Tale, a fabliau about a carpenter and his straying wife.

The Nun's Priest's Tale: The Beast Fable of the Canterbury Tales

7. The Nun's Priest's Tale: The Beast Fable of the Canterbury Tales

In this lesson, we'll go over the medieval beast fable genre and take a look at the Nun's Priest's Tale, one of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales that is illustrative of the genre.

The Prioress's Tale and the Pardoner's Tale: Chaucer's Two Religious Fables

8. The Prioress's Tale and the Pardoner's Tale: Chaucer's Two Religious Fables

In this lesson, we'll take a look at The Prioress's Tale and The Pardoner's Tale to get a better sense of the types of tales told by religious members of the pilgrimage party.

Affective Piety: Definition, History & Examples in Literature

9. Affective Piety: Definition, History & Examples in Literature

This lesson includes a breakdown of what affective piety is, its history, its fathers, and a couple examples of how affective piety manifests in literature throughout history.

Kenning: Poems & Examples

10. Kenning: Poems & Examples

If you've ever used the term, 'gas-guzzler,' then you've employed a kenning in your speech, even if you didn't know it at the time. Come learn more about this complex metaphor and see it used to compose some riddling poetry.

Knights of Arthur's Round Table: Legend & Overview

11. Knights of Arthur's Round Table: Legend & Overview

The Knights of the Round Table were an important component of King Arthur's legacy at Camelot. They were chosen to protect and defend their country and those in distress. Learn more about the knights and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Marie de France: Biography, Fables & Poems

12. Marie de France: Biography, Fables & Poems

Magical knights, tragic ladies, bawdy wives--these are some of the key characters in the writings of medieval author Marie de France. Marie's stories give us a rare female perspective on the chivalry tales of the Middle Ages.

Medieval Romance Literature: Definition, Characteristics & Novels

13. Medieval Romance Literature: Definition, Characteristics & Novels

Readers in the Middle Ages didn't have any Harlequin paperbacks, but works of medieval romance literature were just as plentiful and popular. Learn more about this literary genre, its characteristics, and some of its examples in this lesson.

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