We are completing two anticipation activities that encourage students to use schema. Huh? What's that? I'm glad you asked. Schema is the use of relevant background knowledge, prior knowledge, or just plain experience. When students use their schemata to make connections to the text they are reading, their comprehension increases. Good readers constantly try to make sense out of what they read by seeing how it fits with what they already know.
With that said, the two activities we will complete in class serve to use and build upon your background knowledge so that you can more easily understand The Canterbury Tales.
Activity 1: "Opinionnaire"
Students will state whether they strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with the following statements:
1. You can always trust people in positions of power.
2. Poor people are poor because they have no work ethic.
3. Works of literature are meant only to entertain.
4. Strong people cannot be beautiful.
5. Repentance can be bought.
6. Church people are always hypocrites.
7. It is wrong to criticize society.
Activity 2: Tea Party
Ms. Davis is my name and teaching English (along with several other superhuman powers) is my game. I love language and the power of words, and I hope some of my enthusiasm rubs off on you as well.