Tales of Love & Marriage

In this unit, we will be examining the ways in which authors have tackled the subject of marriage in the medieval, renaissance, and regency periods.  Each author has used the subject as a commentary of his/her time, but how does it relate to ours? Have our ideas of marriage changed since the medieval period?  What is the role of a man and a woman in marriage?  What social issues are related to marriage?

Essential Questions

  • How do writers create texts to explore the social and political issues of their time?
  • What role does satire play in society?
  • How do authors and artists reveal their attitudes toward their subject matter?
  • What parallels can we draw between these societies and ours?

Texts

  • The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer (General Prologue, Wife of Bath’s Tale, Miller’s Tale, Reeve’s Tale, Pardoner’s Tale, Franklin’s Tale, Shipman’s Tale, Nun’s Priest Tale)
  • Chevrefoil, Marie de France
  • Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen
  • The Taming of the Shrew, William Shakespeare
  • Selected Poems including “Alisoun” Middle English lyric

Thurs 11/16
Intro to the unit and medieval period

  • What are your expectations of reading a piece of literature from the medieval period?
  • What does the artwork of the time reflect

Alisoun 

  • What is this poem about?
  • What are the images the poem uses?

HW:  Campbell’s “Tales of Love and Marriage” – annotate for main ideas, confusing information, key terms

Fri 11/17
Unpacking”Tales of Love and Marriage”

  • Each group should create a shared google doc that includes the following:
    • Main ideas from the text
    • Key terms with definitions
    • Any confusing information with a question that seeks to clarify (a question that considers what is confusing about the information)

Courtly love and chivalry

Reading Marie de France’s Chevrefoil

Mon 11/20
Intro to Chaucer–Watch the following video about Chaucer and the tales and take notes on the following:

  • Chaucer’s life and time period
  • Information about The Canterbury Tales.
  • 0-10.19
  • 14.28-17.53

Reading the General Prologue
Here we meet all of the pilgrims as well as a definite speaker.  Use the handout to keep track of everyone.   As you read the first three stanzas together (volunteers anyone?), take note of the following:

  • What stands out to you?
  • How would you describe the speaker?

HW:  Finish reading the prologue and information about the pilgrims on the

Tues 11/21
Continue reading the prologue and keeping track of character

HW:  finish reading the General Prologue for the Tuesday we come back from break

Wed 11/22
Creating the Pilgrim Portrait

Your group is responsible for creating a visual portrait of your assigned pilgrim(s) so that we understand the characters telling these tales. In order to create a true visual representation of your figure, you will need to use the details that Chaucer provides.

  • Physical appearance including dress
  • Consider how personality traits would be represented visually
  • Any objects that might be important to them or that they would have with them on their pilgrimage

HW:  Happy Thanksgiving!

Mon 11/27
Drop

Tues 11/28
Meeting and reviewing the pilgrims

Reading “The Knight’s Tale” Parts I and II (p. 26-53)

  • How is this tale appropriate for the Knight to tell?
  • What does this tale illuminate about the tradition of courtly love and Campbell’s discussion of eros, agape, and amour?

HW:  Finish reading Parts I and II and study for Pilgrim quiz (multiple choice, matching quotes from Prologue to character)

Wed 11/29
Discussing “The Knight’s Tale”

  • Plot
  • How does the Knight speak of and describe Theseus?
  • How is this tale appropriate for the Knight to tell?
  • What does this tale illuminate about the tradition of courtly love and Campbell’s discussion of eros, agape, and amour?

Reading Parts III&IV

HW:  Finish reading Parts III&IV and study for Pilgrim quiz (multiple choice, matching quotes from Prologue to character)

Thurs 11/30
Discussing “The Knight’s Tale”

  • Plot
  • How does the Knight speak of and describe Theseus?
  • How is this tale appropriate for the Knight to tell?
  • What does this tale illuminate about the tradition of courtly love and Campbell’s discussion of eros, agape, and amour?

Understanding Satire in The Canterbury Tales

Reading “The Nun’s Priest Tale”

  • How does the satirize courtly love?
  • What is Chaucer’s purpose?
  • What does this tale illuminate about the tradition of courtly love and Campbell’s discussion of eros, agape, and amour?

HW:  Finish reading “The Nun’s Priest Tale” and Pilgrim Quiz tomorrow

Fri 12/1
Pilgrim Quiz

Nun’s Priest Tale Questions

Summary of the Nun’s Priest Tale

HW:  NP Criticism and answering NP Tale questions

Mon 12/4 
Summarizing the criticism and applying to NP’s Tale

HW:  Reading your assigned tales

Tues 12/5
In class work day collaborating with group on summary

Reading criticism – summarizing

HW:  continue to collaborate with group

Wed 12/6
Final in-class work day

HW:  Read either Miller & Reeve’s tales or Shipman’s Tale

Thurs 12/7
Drop

Fri 12/8
First two presentations:

  • Miller & Reeve
  • Shipman

HW:  Read either “Wife of Bath’s Tale” or “Clerk’s Tale”

Mon 12/11
Presentations

  • Wife of Bath
  • Clerk

HW:  Read either “Merchant’s Tale” or “Franklin’s Tale”

Tues 12/12
Presentations

  • Merchant
  • Franklin

HW:  Prepare for in-class writing responses

Wed 12/13
Open response #1

HW:  Prepare for in-class writing response

Thurs 12/14
Prep for response #2

HW: Intro to The Taming of the Shrew.  Read What is a shrew and answer the question in your journal.  Be detailed and specific in your response.

Fri 12/15
Open Response #2

HW:  Read the induction of the play

Mon 12/18
Reflection on this part of the unit

Act I and diagram of Who Is Who In Padua

  • In Padua Act 1 introduces a number of characters, several are in love, some adopt disguises, and some have particular relationships with others. Draw a diagram to show as clearly as possible who’s who, who’s pretending to be someone else, and the chief relationships among the characters. The list of characters at the beginning of the play will help you. It should take up the whole page and be easy to read. It should be exceptionally neat and attractive. Use white, unlined paper or the computer.

Mon 12/18
The play

Tues 12/19 
Drop

Wed 12/20

Taming of the Shrew in class

Warming up and playing with the play

  • Sovereign, Carer, Trickster,

2 Sisters / Who is Kate?

Working in pairs, assign one person to be Kate and another Bianca

  • Read lines 79-81 to each other several times and practice different ways of saying the lines.
  • Take turns reading Kate’s exit lines 102-104 with different interpretations

Thurs 12/21 

What are the plans?

  • Gremio & Hortensio
  • Lucentio & Tranio

What type of lovers are these?

Fri 12/22

HW:  P& P chapters 18-24

Wed 12/21
Drop

Thurs 12/22
Petruchio

HW:  P& P chapters 25-32

Fri 12/23

In class Jane Austen discussion day

  • Intro to Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice
  • Reading Chapters 1&2 together

HW:  P&P Chapters 3-11

In class Jane Austen day

HW:  Have P&P completely read annotated for Friday, 1/6

Tues 1/3

Taming of the Shrew Act 2 Scene 1

Part 1:  First, read the scene through once with your group.  Hear the play.  Just ground yourself in the action and what’s happening.

Part 2:  After the first read through, come see me for the reading questions.  This time, re-read and break up the sections for close-reading and analysis.

Bianca & Kate and then Baptista: 2. 1.1-41

Gremio, Baptista, Petruchio, Tranio: 2.1.42-116

Baptista & Petruchio and then Hortensio: 2.1.117-176

Petruchio & Kate: 2.1.177-293

Petruchio, Kate, Baptista, Gremio, Tranio: 2.1.294-343

Gremio, Baptista, Tranio: 2.1.344-435

HW: finishing P&P

Wed 1/4
Taming of the Shrew

Performing the interaction between Petruchio & Kate

  • 2.1.177-293
  • Hook, probe, deflect
  • Emphasis on pronouns

Short reflection:  After the work we’ve done today, what new understanding do you have about the characters?

HW: finishing P&P

Thurs 1/5
Taming of the Shrew Act 3 Scenes 1 & 2

  • Class reading of 3.1 & 3.2

HW: finishing P&P

Fri 1/6
Jane Austen work day

Pride and Prejudice Discussion

HW:  Reading Act 3 Scene 2, Act 4 Scenes 1 & 2 and reading questions

Mon 1/9
Jane Austen

How does Jane Austen’s writing style develop the theme of the novel?

Writing about the passage and then reviewing and discussing

HW:  Act 4 Scenes 3-5 and Reading Questions

Tues 1/10
Drop

Wed 1/11
Group assigned scenes for Act 4

HW:  Act 5 and act-5-scene-1-and-2-questions

Thurs 1/12
Taming of the Shrew in class

Performing Kate’s Taming

Kate’s Final speech-What do you make of it?

HW:  Response

Fri 1/13
In Class Writing Response on P&P

Mon 1/16
No School – MLK day

Tues 1/17 
Multiple Choice Practice with Taming of the Shrew & Pride & Prejudice

HW: Prepare for Exams!

Tues 1/24 
Exam Review

Tales of Love & Marriage Assignment

HW:  Collaborating with group to start planning infographic

Wed 1/25
Book Choices for next unit

Overview of schedule & cont. collaboration on infographics

HW:  Work on infographic and review for response

Thurs 1/26
In-class Free Response

HW: Working on infographic

Friday 1/27
Evaluating the Free Response

HW:  Finish infographic for Tuesday’s class presentations

Mon 1/30
Drop

Tuesday 1/31
Infographic presentations

HW: Research the terms on the front page of your Contemp Lit packet and find an article about or an interview with your author.  Read and print out the piece.  What important details did you discover about their biography, the book, their writing style?  Bring in the piece for tomorrow’s class.

Wed 2/1
cont. presentations

Sharing research

HW:  Reading first 30 pages of assigned book

Thurs 2/2
In class second free response