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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
- Canterbury Tales
- The Miller's Tale
- The Nun's Priest's Tale
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.
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.
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.
4. The Canterbury Tales General Prologue: Style, Structure, and Characters
In this lesson, we'll go over the General Prologue to Chaucer's The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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