TOPIC: ESSAY related to The Canterbury Tales & Sir Gawain & The Green Knight
CLASS: British Literature
DURATION: Multiple days (max. 4 in class)
▪ Establish connections between two epic poems from relatively the same time. ▪ Draw connections with respect to epic hero, love triangles, chivalry and more. ▪ Practice writing an informative essay with an established thesis statement, a solid introduction, a clear body and a definite conclusion. ▪ Practice creating a thesis statement appropriate for the topic.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS ADDRESSED: W11-12.2, RL11-12.10
MINI LESSON/INTRODUCTION: 20% class time
WORK PERIOD/GUIDED PRACTICE: 60-80% class time
T & S: Introduce the essay connected to this unit by discussing with the students the various topics area of comparison for the students to research/write on. The assignment is to compare and contrast Sir Gawain & The Green Knight & The Canterbury Tales.
T: Share the department approved rubric (based on state rubric) for an informational or persuasive essay with the students. Discuss how students can both create a strong essay and earn a solid grade.
T & S: Discuss the difference between a topic and a thesis statement. Since this is a slightly more open assignment as it pertains to topic selection, help students/class brainstorm various aspects that could be compared in the essay.
S: Complete a pre-writing activity in which the students will begin to build out their graphic organizers for their essay; being 12th grade honors, students could use traditional outline format.
S: After completing the pre-writing activity, begin to create the essay based on the given prompt. Though the essay is 4 pages, the students can follow the principles of the traditional 5-paragraph format; thus focusing on a strong introduction, a clear body and a definite conclusion.
T: Be present in the class and an active guide as the students plan and write their essays.
T: Take the opportunity to remind (or teach) the students how to cite references.
T & S: Take breaks