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Ch 2: Anglo Saxon and Medieval Literature Lesson Plans

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The Anglo Saxon and Medieval Literature chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach your students about Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales and other early English literature in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Anglo Saxon and Medieval Literature chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday Introduction to Medieval Literature: Old English, Middle English and Historical Context;
Beowulf: Story, Characters and Old English
An exploration of historical literature;
A synopsis of the epic tale
Tuesday Introduction to Chaucer: Middle English and the Canterbury Tales;
The Canterbury Tales General Prologue: Style, Structure and Characters
The life and literary works of Geoffrey Chaucer;
A look at the frame narrative that introduces each of the characters
Wednesday The Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale: Two Approaches to Chivalric Romance;
The Miller's Tale: Chaucer's Fabulous Fabliau
An exploration of stories that are written in the chivalric romance genre;
A look at the easy-to-understand humor of the fabliau genre
Thursday The Nun's Priest's Tale: The Beast Fable of the Canterbury Tales A summary of each tale
Friday The Prioress's Tale and the Pardoner's Tale: Chaucer's Two Religious Fables A recap of stories told by Chaucer's religious pilgrims

8 Lessons in Chapter 2: Anglo Saxon and Medieval Literature Lesson Plans
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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 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.

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.

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