Sample Lesson Plan Using Annotator Tool
(You may substitute any text for the one given. Also, your objectives might differ in that
you want students to annotate historical references, use of metaphors, etc.)
The General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales
To help students understand the material by becoming more
familiar with the language used by Chaucer.
Students should have already read the General Prologue in
its original Middle English.
What is Required of the Instructor Before the Class
instructor should have set up a web page with the annotator tool.
that page, the instructor should have typed the text of the General
Prologue. (If you want to cut and
paste, the text
is available at the Electronic Text Center of the University of Virginia).
be sure to test the page by creating a first annotation. This annotation will also serve as an
example for your students.
you will have an easy way for your students to find your annotator
page. If you have a course home
page, create a link to the annotator.
Otherwise, be sure to write down the URL and bring it to
class. Because URL’s can be
lengthy, it might not be a bad idea to create a handout for this
assignment, which lists the URL as well as the instructions on how to use
Segment #1 of the assignment: Discuss the differences in language between
Middle and Modern English. Discuss some
of the specific changes.
Explain the virtues of the OED as a tool for understanding the
development of the English language.
Provide an example (perhaps photocopied from the OED).
Give the students an assignment to each look up a unique word from the
text in the OED and to annotate it on your web page. Explain any specific requirements you might have (such as grading
Segment #4: Demonstrate how to use the site.
If you are fortunate enough to have a computer with a projector, use
it! Otherwise, you might write out
instructions on your assignment sheet.
When composing the assignment sheet, consider including the assignment,
the URL, the grading criteria, and whether or not you expect students to refer
back to the annotator after contributions have been collected.
For next time, students will need to:
how completing the assignment affected their reading of Chaucer.
For next time, the instructor will need to:
up on the students’ progress.
available for questions, should they arise.