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
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.
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:
At leasttwo sources must be pieces of literary criticism.
At least two sources should be focused on your topic without making direct connections to your novel (it will be your job in the paper to make those connections as the literary critic).
Your sources should be considered credible and scholarly.
Once you have located and printed sources, you need to begin annotating. This process involves:
Reading and summarizing your source
Evaluating your source as it relates to your purpose (or topic) for the paper
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.
If you missed class last Monday and Tuesday, you missed our introduction to SATIRE. We read Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” and analyzed it in small groups.
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!”
Other support documents are available on Oualline’s Classroom Resources Page. This page includes support for crafting thesis statements, organizing body paragraphs, embedding textual evidence, and writing introductory and conclusionparagraphs. It’s great–you should check it out!
Need help with MLA formatting? Check out these instructional videos:
This week, we are diving into prose analysis, one of the key skills that you will need to develop this year in English IV Honors. Each day this week, we will work on honing your analytical skills in order to help you grow as a thoughtful, effective writer. Below you will find links to the PBL packet and Google Slides from class.