(You may substitute any text for the one given. Also, your objectives might differ according to the focus of your class.)
To help students understand the characters by permitting them to interpret them by adopting their personae.
Students should have already read the General Prologue and the descriptions of the pilgrims.
What is Required of the Instructor Before the Class Meets:
Segment #1 of the assignment: Begin with a general introduction to the Prologue and to the pilgrims.
Segment #2: Divide the students into smaller groups and assign each student a character. That student should consider how that character interacts with the other pilgrims and with the world at large. It may be possible to assign the same character to more than one student because there would not be repetition within a single group.
Segment #3: Demonstrate how to use the chat room. This instruction may be more difficult if you have no computers in your classroom. A written instruction sheet, including how to access the chat room would then be necessary.
Segment #4: Have students log on to the chat room using their characters’ names. (If that kind of log on with a pseudonym is not possible, consider how to re-work this exercise). Have them interact with each other as if they were the pilgrims from the Canterbury Tales. The instructor could log on as Harry Bailey and ask the pilgrims a directed question to start the conversation. An example might be, “What is the most important thing in life?” or any other such question that would ask students to actively consider the perspectives of each character.
For next time, students will need to:
For next time, the instructor will need to: