Hello Blogosphere! (Do people still use that word??) Anyway, I am back and trying to share lessons again here on the blog. I am still a mommy to a sweet little girl. She’s two! It’s gone so fast, but as she grows, I am able to get back to my old hobbies like blogging and reading and whatnot. I don’t have time to type too many details, but what I really want to do is just share the activities that we are doing in my classes. I want to help people who are looking for ideas, and I also want feedback from others about how to make my lessons better. Thanks for stopping by!
After reading the prologue of The Canterbury Tales, I ask students to choose one pilgrim to look at in depth. This assignments has students to use characterization details from the text to create a “look” for the pilgrim. Then, they have to write a paragraph summarizing the basics the reader learns and then commenting on how they think Chaucer sees the pilgrim based on the details provided.
Here are the Characterization Drawing Instructions - Pilgrim Illustration Assignment Sheet.
Here is the Power Point slide with the body outline. Characterization_poster Students can use this if they want or they can draw the person on their own plain paper.
Here are some samples by my students:
The students like the activity. It helps them see what details are provided and what they must make up for themselves. It’s nice having these around the room as we read the different tales. We can revisit not only Chaucer’s words but the pictures also when we remind ourselves of who the pilgrim is.