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Ch 9: PLACE English: Medieval & Middle English Literature

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The engaging video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in this chapter on Medieval and Middle English literature are designed to help you prepare for the PLACE English exam.

PLACE English: Medieval & Middle English Literature - Chapter Summary

This chapter will help you review major literary works from the Medieval and Middle English periods. The video lessons and practice questions will make sure you know the important details about the works and authors that may show up on the PLACE English exam. After completing the chapter, you will be proficient with the following:

  • Historical context of Old and Middle English literary works
  • Features of Old and Middle English writing
  • Beowulf, Divine Comedy and key sections from The Canterbury Tales
  • Growth of literature in the Middle Ages

Chapter topics are broken down into short video lessons that make concepts easy to understand. Use the printable worksheets that accompany the lessons to help you study and the practice questions to assess your understanding of the topics covered.

PLACE English: Medieval & Middle English Chapter Objectives

The study resources in this chapter help you review the Medieval and Middle English works and authors that may come up on the PLACE English exam. The exam is part of the certification process to teach English in Colorado and will test you on literature, reading instruction and communications. The topics in this chapter correspond to the literature section of the test, which measures your understanding of major works, writers, characteristics and themes in British literature. The PLACE English exam lasts four and a half hours and consists of about 100 multiple-choice questions.

9 Lessons in Chapter 9: PLACE English: Medieval & Middle English Literature
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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.

Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages

4. Dante's Divine Comedy and the Growth of Literature in the Middle Ages

Dante Alighieri was a poet and philosopher from Florence during a time of political unrest. This article explores one of his most well-known poems and its impact on literature and Italian society.

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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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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