Write an essay analyzing Chaucer's social commentary on medieval society through the use of three characters from The Canterbury Tales's Prologue. You must be sure to include textual evidence.
Introductory Paragraph Foldable
Select a character from the Prologue, and then view the video below. It contains helpful tips on how to complete this assignment if you find that you are having trouble!
The tips I discussed to help you get an "A" are as follows:
Please note: I never told you all that you had to write all of this information. You are more than welcome to copy and paste your section into a Doc and then highlight the words or sentences you are annotating. When you highlight text in Docs, it opens up a comment box. Just copy and paste the new information you gather into your Doc and then you will have annotated your text.
After students select their character and complete the above steps, they will complete the following assignments for their section of the text:
Below you will find the complete Prologue for the Canterbury Tales. If you need a review on how to use Notice and Note, Bloom's Taxonomy, or the Choice Board, then keep reading after the pdf.
Directions for Notice and Note Literature:
Directions for Bloom's Taxonomy:
Here is another version of the Bloom's Taxonomy chart. Use this one if it is easier for you, or use a combination of both. Just make sure you write a question about your character using a question stem from each level.
Directions for Depth and Complexity Board:
Theme and Central Idea
Let's Learn a Little Bit About Chaucer's Background
Please click on the file below. It contains a PowerPoint with information on Chaucer's life and on the characters you will read about in the Prologue. Use the PowerPoint to help you fill-in-the-blanks on your notes, and then use your notes to help you study for the quiz you will have over this information.
As an alternative assignment for the www.study.com assignments given at the beginning of the semester, you have the option to make up those grades. Here's how:
Please send me a remind if you have questions.
Due: 10/ 17 B Day and 10/18 A Day!
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
You all also wanted a fun activity, but there are some things we have to do to make this actually school-related activity a success.
In order for this activity to work, we need people to bring tea party items. Below you will find a list of sign-up genius links organized by class period. Click the link associated with your specific class and then sign-up for the item you are willing to supply. Remember, if you do not bring an item, you cannot participate and will complete the activity on your own for homework. If you are having some type of hardship that will prevent you from purchasing an item, please let me know privately AHEAD of time.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Thursday, October 4, 2018
Once we complete this activity, I will ask you to fill out a survey. This survey will count as a grade, so don't forget to check back here for more details!
I gave this out in class on Friday, but I am not sure if all of my "A" day students received this study guide. Please use it, so you can make an "A"! I know you guys can do it! Study hard!
Which type of test-taker will you be?
To help you prepare for your big unit test, I have prepared some online quizzes to help you study. You have until September 28, 2018 at 10:00 P.M. to complete them all. Good Luck, sweet muffins!
1. Beowulf Reading Check Quiz: join the game with the code 073440 at https://join.quizizz.com
2. Beowulf Literary Elements Quiz: join game with the code 753147 at https://join.quizizz.com
3. Research Quiz: join game with the code 849428 at https://join.quizizz.com
What's on our first REAL test? Please see the list below.
Format: Don't forget the test is matching!
My Hint: If you know how the test will be formatted, then that is the way you should study! I mentioned that you should either create flashcards or use an app or website that lets you design a matching quiz or game. There are plenty out there that are free. I hope that helps you prepare!
After we completed our notes in the computer lab about the initial steps of the research process, students:
This assignment will be due 9/13 (A) and 9/14 (B).
Students, there will be no additional extensions for your note cards and source cards. You must submit 10 of each for a total of 20 cards by the above dates.
Steps to Write a Research Paper Review (COVERED IN CLASS SO FAR...)
The notes you are taking from each of your sources is you having real-world experience with CCSS Literature Standard 1. In order to answer your resource questions, you are providing strong and thorough textual evidence to show what the text says explicitly or inferences you can draw from the text...Who knew the random standards on the board were really supposed to be used for something?
Today I had you open 4 tabs. They were:
I am now going to increase the weight of this assignment. I am also going to give you all a quiz on this information on Thursday and Friday. Please be prepared.
12 of the best websites to find a college scholarship
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You can then also see all the scholarships you applied for, or may want to apply to in the future. They also have ‘contests’ that you can enter monthly or weekly to win money.
2. Collegeboard.org While the College Board is known for its college planning tools, it also has an arm that focuses on scholarships. Big Future hosts scholarships, as well as other financial aid and internship information from more than 2,200 programs — totaling nearly $6 billion. In order to get the most accurate search results, it’s critical to fill out as many details as you can in the profile that’s used for searching.
Read more: 5 ways to save money on your college degree
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Niche also has some contests to enter.
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It’s easy to browse by category, but the best way to take advantage of what the site has to offer is to make a personal profile, which will allow you to find the most exhaustive lists of opportunities available to you.
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Read more: Everything you need to know about student loans
6. CollegeNET.com When you go to the site’s homepage, go to the top right corner to search college scholarships. From there you can either search by specific keywords or create a personal profile in order to get the most accurate matches that fit your needs. Once you make a profile, you create and save lists of opportunities you’re interested in.
7. Scholarship Monkey Scholarship Monkey allows you to search for scholarships a few different ways. You can search by keyword, browse scholarship lists (various categories/topics) and also see lists of the latest and featured scholarships. The site also allows you to create a personal profile for more accurate results.
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Read more: Going to college: Your guide to campus life and money
9. Chegg Chegg is widely known for its online textbook store that allows students to either rent or buy textbooks for cheap. But Chegg is also a great resource for finding scholarships — more than $1 billion worth of them.
To search for available scholarships, go to ‘colleges’ at the top of the homepage and then click ‘scholarships’ in the drop-down menu. Once you create a personal profile, you can search for available opportunities that match your criteria. Chegg also has a ‘top scholarship picks this week’ category that highlights some options you may have missed.
Read more: How to find the lowest costs on textbooks
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The site also allows users to search by a variety of different topics, college types and personal details — in order to give you the best results for you.
12. The U.S. Labor Department’s Free Search Tool. According to the official Student Aid website, this free tool is a great resource for students to search more than 7,500 scholarships, grants and other various types of financial aid award opportunities.
The CareerOneStop tool allows you to:
The Department of Education recommends using the following free resources to find more information about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities:
Content taken from https://clark.com/education/best-websites-resources-to-find-college/
Respond to the following quote:
"Nobody is a villain in their own story. We're all the heroes of our own story."
- George R. R. Martin
Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Please make sure your entry is at least a paragraph long with argumentation and concrete proof.
Don't forget the logic of argumentation that we've been discussing in class.
Students began studying the literary elements in Beowulf. I asked students to fill in the blanks while I reviewed this information in class. Additionally, students were able to see examples of the elements and how they are used in Beowulf. Lastly, students were informed that this document is a study guide. Their test will contain a matching activity where I will ask them to match specific elements to their corresponding textual evidence. We will complete this activity in class and review it before I give an assessment.
Reading Check #3
The Battle with the Dragon and The Funeral Pyre
1. Why does the dragon attack Beowulf’s kingdom?
2. True or False. Beowulf tells his soldiers that he will fight the dragon alone.
3. Who says, “I’ve never known fear; as a youth I fought/
In endless battles. I am old now,/
But I will fight again, seek fame still,/
If the dragon hiding in his tower dares/
To face me”?
4. How does the dragon fatally wound Beowulf?
5. True or False. Beowulf’s men come to his rescue and help him defeat the dragon.
6. What role does Wiglaf play in the battle with the dragon?
7. What does Beowulf wish his last sight to be before he dies?
8. What does Beowulf request Wiglaf to build in his honor after he dies?
9. True or False. Wiglaf becomes the next king of the Geats after Beowulf’s death.
10. Who says, “Too few of his warriors remembered/
To come, when our lord faced death, alone./
And now the giving of swords, of golden/
Rings and rich estates, is over,/
Ended for you and everyone who shares/
Your blood: when the brave Geats hear/
How you bolted and ran none of your race/
Will have anything
left but their lives”?
We will complete this activity TOGETHER in class. It is no longer a HOMEWORK assignment.
Directions: Please visit the websites below and answer the questions that follow. All answers must appear in your own words. Do NOT simply cut/paste information directly from these websites! (i.e. paraphrase)
The British Library houses the ONLY SURVIVING copy of Beowulf. Read the information on their website about the manuscript and answer the questions that follow:
A. What is Beowulf about?
B. What is Old English?
C. How was the Beowulf manuscript damaged?
D. What are some of the illustrations from the surviving Beowulf manuscript?
E. When was Beowulf composed?
F. How old is the manuscript?
The people of Beowulf’s time period were known as the Anglo-Saxons. Read the information on the website above from the BBC. For each titled section, write down three interesting facts you learn about the life and times of the Anglo-Saxons.
A. The Norman Conquest: List three facts
B. Who were the Anglo-Saxons? List three facts
C. When did the Anglo-Saxons come to Britain? List three facts
D. How was Anglo-Saxon Britain ruled? List three facts
E. Who was Alfred the Great? List three facts
F. What was Anglo-Saxon art and culture like? List three facts
G. What did Anglo-Saxons believe? List three facts
H. What happened to the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings? List three facts
The Anglo-Saxons spoke English, but it was a form of English unrecognizable by today’s language. It is for this reason we refer to Anglo-Saxon English as “Old English.” Visit the site above to learn more about “Old English.”
1. What letters from the Runic alphabet look similar to our letters today?
2. Scroll down to view the excerpt from Beowulf in Old English. Are any words there recognizable to you as English?
3. Write down an interesting fact about Old English.
4. Go to YouTube and search for Beowulf being read in Old English… and take a listen!! This is where your language all started!!!! Can you understand any of it? Write down your reactions to how the language sounds.
The Battle with Grendel’s Mother
A word of caution, my young friends: It would behoove you to follow the directions. If you do, you will receive full credit. Here are the directions I gave you in class:
1. How does Grendel’s mother seek revenge for her son’s death?
2. True or False. Beowulf hesitates to answer Hrothgar’s challenge to kill Grendel’s mother.
3. Who says, “Let your sorrow end! It is better for us all/ To avenge our friends, not mourn them forever”?
4. Where is Grendel’s mother’s lair located?
5. True or False. Hrunting enables Beowulf’s victory over Grendel’s mother.
6. True or False. Beowulf’s armor protects him from being injured by Grendel’s mother.
7. How is Beowulf able to defeat Grendel’s mother?
8. What does Beowulf take back to Hrothgar as trophies? Name the two items.
9. When Beowulf refers to Grendel’s mother as “she-devil,” he is using what Anglo-Saxon literary device?
10. Who says, “This prince/ Of the Geats, Beowulf, was born a better/ Man! Your fame is everywhere, my friend,/ Reaches to the ends of the earth, and you hold it in your heart wisely,/ Patient with your strength and our weakness”?
Assignment: Please have the following questions completed before the next class period. For my A Day students, this work will be due on Friday, August 31st. For my B Day students, this work will be due on Tuesday, September 4th. Please remember: when you answer any question you must provide textual evidence in order for your answer to be correct.
Grendel Attacks the Danes, The Coming of Beowulf, and The Battle with Grendel
1. Who is Higlac?
2. Who is Hrothgar?
3. What has Grendel been doing to terrorize the Danes?
4. What is a mead hall?
5. True or False. Grendel is a descendant of Abel.
6. What does Unferth bring up about Beowulf’s past?
7. True or False. Beowulf fights Grendel with his bare hands.
8. How does Beowulf kill Grendel?
9. What does Beowulf do with Grendel’s arm?
10. How does Hrothgar reward Beowulf for defeating Grendel?
Hello friends! I have assigned you all a Beowulf Escape Room Challenge. Please use the following link to complete the assignment.
Also, keep in mind that this activity works better on a computer than on your phone. Lastly, there is a clue that requires you to view a Google Doc that may not open. I have posted that document below as well.
Characteristics of an Epic Hero
DIRECTIONS: Review the information about characteristics of an epic hero here. Place an X by the characteristics of an epic hero below to determine the code.
1 _____ The hero has supernatural abilities or qualities.
2 _____ The hero possesses a tragic flaw that eventually leads to his downfall.
8 _____ The hero reaches a low point: he nearly gives up on his quest or appears defeated by his enemy.
9 _____ The hero’s actions result in an increase of self-awareness and self-knowledge.
1 _____ The hero experiences a resurrection.
4 _____ The hero experiences a tragic death.
1 _____ The hero regains his “rightful place.”
3 _____ The hero is charged with a quest.
4 _____ The hero is tested, often to prove the worthiness of himself and his quest.
5 _____ The hero suffers a reversal of fortune brought about the hero’s tragic flaw.
6 _____ The hero receives help from mythical or supernatural beings.
7 _____ The hero’s travels take him to a supernatural world.
Below you will find the documents you need to complete the assigned work.
Directions for Notice and Note Nonfiction:
Directions for Bloom's Taxonomy:
Directions for Depth and Complexity Board:
If you are having trouble using Galileo, I found some helpful videos, but I cannot say they are the most interesting things to watch. It's worth it to watch them if you need some additional guidance.
I removed the attachment containing the steps you should follow when writing a research paper because we are creating that list in class. So far you should have the following steps:
Good evening friends! I want to clarify your Notice and Note Summer Reading Assignment. Yes, you are still going to read the same text, but I am uploading a different version. I hope this will aid you in completing the assignment in a more timely fashion. You are also to Notice and Note ONE signpost for every TWO chapters. You are welcome! All classes must have FIVE notice and note entries completed before they return to class. That means EVERYONE must have read up to chapter 11.
In the first lesson for Unit 1, we will focus on the following standards. We will learn about the standard, practice the standard, and then I will assess your growth and learning by administering pre/post- tests.
Learning about the Standard
Practicing with the Standards
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.