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The Canterbury Times webquest

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catherine Pye

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The prologue is describing spring; the abundance of rain and the warm western wind restoring life to the earth and people, inspiring a pilgrimage to Canterbury to the shrine of Saint Thomas Beckett.
In your pairs open your envelope to find out what reporter role you will be taking, remember your going to be adding your own article to others to create 'The Canterbury Times' newspaper. Geoffrey Chaucer. The Canterbury Tales The Canterbury Tales In your groups. During the time that Chaucer lived there were some very horrible diseases around, one of them was a plague called the ‘Black Death’. Your assignment is to write an article to warn people of the signs of getting this illness and what they can do to avoid catching it.
You will find the following websites helpful:


You should include the following points:

1. When and where the Black Death happened.
2. What happened to people who caught it.
3 .Why people thought it happened.
4. How people thought it could be cured or prevented.
5. How it was really caught.
6. If everybody who caught it died. Article 1: Healthy living column. http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/peasants_revolt.htm
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/history/middle_ages/peasants_revolt/revision/1/ Article 2: 14th Century Politics. Share your articles with one another, look for targets to improve the article:

Clear expression.
Improve vocabulary.

Once you have finished peer assessing and improving stick your articles onto the sugar paper ready to present to the class! But first...
Listen to the following clip, it is spoken in middle English, can you work out what it means? You've got the task of writing the cover story for The Canterbury Times!
You must go behind enemy lines and write and article on the peasants revolt, you must include:

1. How it started.
2. Who was involved.
3. What are the consequences.
4. A 'blow by blow' account of the action, remember this is front page material so make it SENSATIONAL!
5. A catchy headline.

You'll find the following headlines useful: You are a reporter for ‘The Canterbury Times’. Your editor has given you the chance to write an article for the front page of the next edition.
Your assignment is to write a newspaper article on one of the four topics listed below. You will find information and pictures (if you choose to include them) to help you write your article from the websites listed in each task.
Your article should not be less than one side of A4 – If you are producing your article using word, font size should be 12 and font should either be Times New Roman or Comic Sans MS.
When it is finished your article will form part of ‘The Canterbury Times - Chaucer Special Edition’, which will be displayed in the English department corridor. Prologue: The opening of a story which establishes the setting.
Pilgrimage: A journey to a place of religious importance, in this case a trip to Canterbury Cathedral. Chaucer’s works were among the first written in the English language, during the medieval period stories were spoken from person to person, and were meant to be entertaining or educational. In Canterbury tales, Chaucer mimics the oral tradition by having a series of stories which are spoken out loud by different characters.
Your task is to write a book review of the Canterbury Tales persuading your readers to buy the book.
You should include:
• Information about Chaucer (date of birth, occupation, background.)
• Explain what oral tradition is and how it has influenced Chaucer.
• State who is printing the Canterbury Tales and what language it is in.
Don’t forget that you are writing this article to sell Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. You will need to grab the reader’s attention with your best persuasive techniques!

You will find the following links useful:

http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/108024/Geoffrey-Chaucer http://www.gradesaver.com/author/geoffrey-chaucer/
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/212142/folk-literaturehttp://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/199767/fabliau Oral Tradition:
Stories which are spoken from person to person rather than being written down; a lot of the fairy tales we know today were originally part of an oral tradition which was later written down. Article 4

Write an interview with one of the following pilgrims for The Canterbury Times gossip column. You can write about either:
The Wife of Bath.
The Miller.
The Knight.

The audience wants to know, name, occupation, what their story was about, and your description of their character when meeting them. Remember to use quotes where possible, and any middle English words you can in their responses & remember your audience likes to read gossip!


Finally draw a picture of your character in their traditional medieval costume;

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