As we study Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, you will be expected to make connections beyond mere plot. We will use our study of Gawain to practice developing close reading and annotation skills and developing our ability to have complex discussions about themes in Medieval literature.
In-Class Analysis and Annotation with Small Groups
Here is a link to the PPT used in class. This will be helpful to you, especially if you miss one of the lecture classes on Gawain.
As we read the first three chapters of The Great Gatsby, you may choose to read along with the audiobook. You will find links to the audiobook below. If you are absent for one of our reading days, you can get digital copies of the text by clicking on the chapter title before each video.
This week, we will be exploring a sampling of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Watch the video below for an introduction to The Canterbury Tales. We will also use Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as the inspiration for your next Memoir Vignette.
Once you have watched the video, you will need to begin reading. Here is a link to an interlinear translation of the General Prologue.
Finally, here is the PowerPoint detailing some of the main thematic points from each of the tales:
As you begin writing your research paper, be sure to use the Thesis and Topic Outline Planning page that you received in class. This will be checked for completion as part of your process grade.
The RUBRIC for your research paper can help guide you through the drafting process. Be sure to reference the rubric to make sure your paper meets the expectations for the assignment.
Here are the IMPORTANT DUE DATES:
Additional Formatting Supplements:
Peer Review Questions:
As you begin your research, you will be gathering sources and then citing and annotating those sources. All of your sources, along with their annotations, will be compiled in an Annotated Bibliography. Below you will find the complete instructions, rubric, and example provided in class.
You will need to locate at least six sources:
Once you have located and printed sources, you need to begin annotating. This process involves:
The next step will be to create an Annotated Bibliography. Here is an overview of the formatting for an Annotated Bibliography:
It’s time to try your hand at creating satire! Think wicked thoughts to make a ‘modest’ proposal to fix a vice in our society, much like Jonathan Swift did in his ‘proposal.’ While your problem should be a serious issue, your solution, obviously, should be satirical. Your objective is to draw attention to an important social issue while proposing a ludicrous solution. The contrast of the problem and solution should make the need for reform evident.
The key to success in creating good satire is to use your own style, sense of humor, and opinions to create an informed and humorous piece that also advocates a mock “solution” to the social issue in order to call attention to the issue. In response to a current concern or issue, write or produce your own “modest proposal” for publication or production. You may present your satire in a number of ways.
Broadcast News Segment:
Children’s Book: Dr. Seuss, The Butter Battle
Essay: “A Modest Proposal”
And finally, here is a real-world example related to our discussion about using common sense with the satirical choices you make.
We also looked at the following clips from the Colbert Report in which Stephen Colbert alludes to Swift’s original satire in two different segments of “The Word.”
Colbert also referenced Swift when he was embroiled in a controversy over a satirical comment that was deemed racist. In response to the Twitter uproar (#CancelColbert), Colbert said: “When I saw the tweet without context, I understood how people were offended. The same way I, as an Irish-American, was offended after reading only one line of Jonathan Swift’s ‘A Modest Proposal,’ I mean, ‘eat Irish babies! #CancelSwift’” Trend it!”
Moving forward, we will be studying satire in a variety of genres and we prepare for crafting our own original modest proposals.