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Juniors Become Modern-Day Pilgrims During Unit on Chaucer
Juniors in Ms. Barr’s British Literature class created their own pilgrim prologues as part of a small project during the class unit on Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Following Chaucer’s model, the students imagined modern-day characters on a pilgrimage to Hollywood. Some of these characters included those you might imagine venturing to Hollywood, such as the Fashion Designer, the Rapper, and the Pop Singer. Other characters may have reflected the students’ own career aspirations and included: the Equestrian, the Kindergarten Teacher, the Athlete, the Artist, the Dentist, the Classical Musician, the Politician, and the Traveling Librarian. Plus, a few students selected some fun personas, such as: the Housewife, the Pizza Delivery Guy, the VSCO girl, the Spy.
In the style of Chaucer, students created descriptive pilgrim prologues in approximate iambic pentameter. For the final part of the project, the students read their poems aloud. Ms. Barr offered bonus points to students who dressed up like the pilgrim characters they had created. Most students gladly took her up on this opportunity!