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Ch 3: Literature of the Middle Ages Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

The Literature of the Middle Ages chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the important writings of this period 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 Literature of the Middle Ages 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.

DayTopicsKey Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday 'Beowulf' Background on Geoffrey Chaucer's epic poem, including a look at Old English, style of verse and plot
Tuesday Introduction to Chaucer Chaucer's biography, Middle English, The Canterbury Tales
WednesdayThe Canterbury Tales General Prologue Style and structure, characters
Thursday 'The Knight's Tale' and 'The Wife of Bath's Tale'Chivalric romances, plots of both tales
Friday'The Miller's Tale'Fabliau, plot of the tale

5 Lessons in Chapter 3: Literature of the Middle Ages Lesson Plans
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Beowulf: Story, Characters, and Old English

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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 Miller's Tale: Chaucer's Fabulous Fabliau

4. 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 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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