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'The Miller's Tale' - Matching quotations to techniques
Students explore the language used and the characterisation of Nicholas and John in a selected extract.
Views on marriage
A series of statements about marriage to prompt discussions. A Choices whizzy is also available.
The Wife of Bath's Tale - The Knight and Old Hag's relationship
Close-reading activities focusing on the relationship between these two characters.
Introduce yourself to the text
Working in groups, create a map with dates and journey lengths (in order) and extend your understanding of the framework of The Canterbury Tales.
Rhyme and rhythm
A cloze exercise looking at Chaucer's use of poetic devices in 'The Prologue', followed by a research exercise. (N.B. answer sheet on page 2.)
The Merchant's Tale planning grid
A useful planning grid for tackling a question on two extracts from the text, aimed at students studying Edexcel English Lang/Lit. (References to the CUP edition of the text, editied by M. Hussey.)
The Miller's Tale - Alisoun
This PowerPoint helps students get grips with Alisoun's character. It also links to the broader picture.
The Merchant's Tale - techniques used to interest a listening audience
A useful revision sheet listing techniques used to capture the audience's interest. Aimed specifically at students studying Edexcel English Language and Literature. (Based on the M. Hussey CUP edition of the text.)
The Merchant's Tale characters and dilemmas helpsheet
A useful breakdown of techniques used in a specific extract from the text, aimed specifically at students studying Edexcel English Language and Literature.
The Merchant's Tale - Revision quiz answers
Teacher's answers to the quiz.
The Merchant's Tale - Revision quiz
A teacher's answer sheet is also available.
The Nun's Priest's Tale - a word game starter for the prologue
Match the words to their modern equivalent. A shortened version of this activity is available as an interactive snap game.
A framework for developing detailed notes on each pilgrim.
The Miller's Tale
Imagery and puns in The Miller's Tale.
Compare and contrast the Wife of Bath and the Prioress - detailed task sheet.
The Wife of Bath
A copy of the text.
A copy of the text.
Compare and contrast the Parson and the Pardoner
Detailed task sheet.
Preparation for studying Chaucer
Research and background.