Canterbury Tales Character Websites

This fall in British and World Literature, we made websites for every character in the Canterbury Tales prologue–22 of them!

Here are the links to our class’s Canterbury Tales websites:

Period 1 ; Period 4 ; Period 6

The students created and uploaded all of the content, and led class by presenting their characters and leading discussion.

These were their directions:

On your character’s website, you must:

1. Describe the character in your own words (bullet points and a one to two sentence summary).
2. Choose a quotation from the prologue that you think best captures who your character is.  Cite the quotation correctly (with a line number) and explain it briefly.
3. Is irony present in your passage?  Is your character’s description inconsistent?  Write a short paragraph explaining how irony is present in the description of your character.  Include quotations as needed.
4. What does the character’s appearance imply about the character?  (Think physiognomy, clothing, bile color)
5. What does the character love?
6. Choose a celebrity that resembles your character in looks or personality.  Insert a picture of that celebrity and explain your choice.
7. Define any unfamiliar words and explain parts that were initially unclear to you.
8. Write two or three discussion questions about your character.

In your presentation, you must:

1. Explain your work for each of the above sections.
2. Ask students if they have clarification questions about the section.  Answer them as best you can.
3. Ask the class your discussion questions.  Call on students to answer, ask for more opinions, add your own commentary or insight to the discussion.
EXTRA CREDIT: Dress as your character.

If you’re not presenting . . .

1. Read all sections that will be presented the following day.
2. Annotate thoroughly. That means that you have something written at least every four lines. Your annotation should give you a good sense of who the character is.
3. Write a one to two sentence summary of each character.
4. Write at least one question you don’t know the answer to.
5. Box the most important quotation.
6. Underline words you don’t know.

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