Our next text to study is written by Geoffrey Chaucer who lived from 1343 – 1400 in the Middle Ages. Consider once again the potential of a text written in a time with a completely different culture and way of living to be still studied and applied to our way of life and values over 600 years later.
This text, “The Pardoner’s Tale” is only one portion of a much larger text called The Cantebury Tales. It includes a number of sub-section texts. The premise of the story is that a number of travellers are together and each takes a turn telling a story that relates to their life or values. This is the story of a Pardoner, a man of the church who goes around and sells “pardons from God” to believers. This was before a time when most people, peasants included, would have been educated and able to read, so their belief in the Church came only from what the religious men told of them. No one was relieved of their sins by talking to God directly through prayer – instead they would pay a price to a Pardoner and have their sins cleansed.
A2 Text -The Pardoner’s Tale – colour copied from text (sent to your email to download to your iPad)
This is a translated version – from Old English to Modern English.
You lucky few used to contribute work examples to a personal blog a few years ago, so you have the benefit of a collection of your work being available to review. You’re going to take some time today to read some of your previous writing samples and reflect on whether you feel you’ve grown in confidence or abilities with your written work.
If you’d like to add your reflections to the handout on the Word doc, here’s the link to open it.
I’m looking forward to watching you look back and reading what you think of your growth!
Once you have finished your Parody Assignment of the famous “to be or not to be” soliloquy, you have a bit of background research to complete. There are two videos and one website for you to watch, but before you begin…
- you must use a new sheet of paper and at the top write out your Purpose for Viewing / Reading the following websites. Remember that we have employed many Before, During, and After strategies in your ELA class, so predict and establish what your Purpose is for viewing.
- Once you’ve established that, you can view the first of two videos. It is titled Shakespeare is Everywhere – it is a TEDxTalk video taped in Vancouver. You should jot notes to summarize some of the main points included in the video. It is just over 16 minutes long.
- Next, there’s another TEDxTalk video relating Shakespeare’s connection / similarity to Hip Hop. It is of a similar length as the last one.
If you finish both of those in the span of the class period, you can do an online search of common phrases that originated from Shakespeare. We use his language everyday and are typically quite unaware of it.
We’ll discuss these videos tomorrow in class. Have fun!
You’ll be able to download the pdf of the novel from this link. Elie Wiesel – Night FULL TEXT