Day 6

The Canterbury Tales Lesson Plan

Classroom Activities

  1. 1

    Wandering the Forest of Rhetoric

    Kind of Activity:

    Group Work


    To introduce students to rhetorical effects in a medieval context and analyze how Chaucer uses these effects in the tale.

    Common Core Standards:

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.5, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.5a


    Using the annotations students made for homework, begin with some general observations as a class about the rhetorical "moves" that Chaucer makes in the tale. Focus especially on Pertelote's speech to Chanticleer about dreams.

    Break students into groups, each with access to the Internet. Using the Forest of Rhetoric, have students identify at least five figures of rhetoric that occur in...

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