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10th Grade Summer Reading

 

 Assignment, 2011-2012

 

Due:  August 30, 2011 to Mr. Stair in

 

 Room 335 by 8:10 AM

  

Reading Assignment:

You must read the following sections of Canterbury Tales:

a.       The General Prologue

b.      The Prologue to the Knight’s Tale & The Knight’s Tale

c.       The Prologue to the Wife of Bath’s Prologue & The Tale of the Wife of Bath

d.      A third tale of your choice

 

 Format Requirements for Papers:

1.         If you use a computer, you need to:

a.        Double-space

b.        Use a font that is no larger than 12 point, and no smaller

c.        Use Times New Roman, Calibri, or Arial

d.        Employ margins that are no greater than 1.25”

e.        Papers should be no less than two full pages long.

2.        If you hand-write your paper:

a.        Skip lines

b.        Write on only one side of the paper

c.        Depending on the size of your handwriting, handwritten papers should be no less than four full pages long.

3.        For all papers:

a.        Make sure your name is on the paper

b.        Include the rubric as the first page of the paper


 

You must choose from the following assignments to accompany your reading.

MAXIMUM DIFFICULTY (10 extra credit points added)

1.       Does Canterbury Tales demonstrate the society and sensibilities of the Middle Ages, or is it more typical of the Renaissance?   Use examples (3+) from Canterbury Tales to support your claim.  Use correct MLA Citation and include a Works Cited. 

2.       Read excerpts of Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron.  Compare and contrast Canterbury Tales and Decameron.  What evidence is there that Chaucer was influenced by Boccaccio’s writing?  Include at least 2 examples from each text.  Use correct MLA Citation and include a Works Cited.

3.       Research and discuss Dante Alighieri’s influence on Geoffrey Chaucer.  You will need to familiarize yourself with the work of Dante.  Use correct MLA Citation and include a Works Cited.

4.       Using the Canterbury Tales, what can we learn about social mobility (people’s ability to move from a lower socioeconomic class to a higher socioeconomic class)?  Did movement in social class also mean an increase in political influence and/or power?  Use examples (3+) from Canterbury Tales to support your claim.  Use correct MLA Citation and include a Works Cited. 

5.       Research the Peasant Revolt of 1381 in England.  How does Canterbury Tales relate to the Peasant Revolt?  Use correct MLA Citation and include a Works Cited.

 

 

MODERATE DIFFICULTY (5 extra credit points added)

6.        Should the Prologue and the Tale of the Wife of Bath be censored?  Use examples (3+) from the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and/or Tale to support your claim.  Use correct MLA Citation and include a Works Cited.

7.       Create a video of one of the tales.  Minimum length:  5 minutes

8.       Discuss the role of religion in the Canterbury Tales. What role does religion play in the lives of the Pilgrims?  Use examples (3+) from Canterbury Tales to support your claim.  Use correct MLA Citation and include a Works Cited. 

9.       Using “The Prologue to the Knight’s Tale” and “The Knight’s Tale,” what can we learn about chivalry and/or the Chivalric Code?  Is this Knight typical of the later 14th century?  Use correct MLA Citation and include a Works Cited.

10.   Generally, the Church was considered to be “all-powerful” during Chaucer’s time.  How was this view challenged in the Canterbury Tales?  Use examples (3+) from Canterbury Tales to support your claim.  Use correct MLA Citation and include a Works Cited.

 

MINIMUM DIFFICULTY (no extra credit added)

11.   Plan a party for 12 of the Pilgrims in Canterbury Tales.  You must include a seating arrangement (paying attention to the personalities of the people you invite), a copy of the invitation, a menu, a description of the setting, and a list of party activities.  Remember this party would occur in late 14th century England.  Make sure to do your research. 

12.   Choose three of the Pilgrims from Canterbury Tales.  Write a description of the character and create a portrait of each Pilgrim.  Use correct MLA Citation and include a Works Cited.

13.   Where would you fit in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales “world”?  Do you think you would be happy?  Make sure to use evidence from the text to support your claim.  Use correct MLA Citation and include a Works Cited.

 

 

Need some help?  Need some resources?  Go to Ms HB’s website:  http://katesportfolio.tripod.com/id131.html

Canterbury Tales Project Rubric

Student Name:     ________________________________________
Project Level Chosen:  Minimal Difficulty  Moderate Difficulty  Maximum Difficulty
Project # Chosen: ___________
CATEGORY 4 3.25 2.5 1
Focus on Topic (Content)         X2 There is one clear, well-focused topic/thesis. It is obvious that the student has thoroughly studied the major text. (8) Main idea is clear but the supporting information is general or is non-specific.  The student demonstrates adequate depth of knowledge about the text. (6.5) Main idea is somewhat clear but supporting information is inadequate.  OR  The student's knowledge of the text is limited. (5) The main idea is unclear. Paper is unfocused. OR The student has not demonstrated familiarity with the major text. (2)
Support for Topic (Content)          X2 Carefully chosen, relevant quotations chosen that give the reader important information that goes beyond the obvious or predictable. (8) Supporting details and quotations relevant, but somewhat predictable or inconsequentially  incorrect. (6.5) Supporting details and quotations relevant, but inadequate or illogical. (5) Supporting details and quotations are unclear, missing, or not related to the topic. (2)
Presentation, Grammar, & Spelling (Conventions) Writer makes no errors in grammar, spelling, or format that distract the reader from the content. Project number is indicated. (4) Writer makes 1-3 errors in grammar, spelling, or format that distract the reader from the content.  Project number is indicated. (3.25) Writer makes 4-6 errors in grammar, spelling, or format that distract the reader from the content.AND  Project number is indicated. (2.5) Writer makes 7 or more errors in grammar, spelling, or format that distract the reader from the content OR  Project number is not indicated. (1)
Sources (Content) All sources used for quotes and facts are credible and cited correctly using MLA citation; Works Cited Section is correct. (4) All sources used for quotes and facts are credible and most are cited correctly using MLA Citation; Works Cited Section is correct. (3.25) Most sources used for quotes and facts are credible and attempts are made to cite correctly using MLA Citation. (2.5) Many sources used for quotes and facts are not credible (suspect) and/or are not cited correctly using MLA Citation. (1)
Punctuality Project is handed in on August 30, 2011 to Mr. Stair. (4)     Project is late.
SCORE: _____/28 = ______%

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