In this lesson, we will learn about Geoffrey Chaucer and consider why his work is still important today.
Unit: The Canterbury Tales: ‘General Prologue’
In this lesson, we will learn about why people made pilgrimages to Canterbury and we will also examine the structure of 'The Canterbury Tales'.
In this lesson, we will learn about the Three Estates in Chaucer's England and explore the technique of satire.
In this lesson, we will look at the idea of chivalry and explore how this links to Chaucer's presentation of the Knight in the General Prologue.
In this lesson, we will learn about the character of the Prioress and examine how Chaucer uses satire in his presentation of her.
In this lesson, we will learn about the character of the Friar and analyse how Chaucer uses him to satirise the Church.
In this lesson, we will explore how Chaucer presents the character of the Wife of Bath.
In this lesson, we will explore how Chaucer presents the character of the Miller and reflect on what we have learnt about each of the pilgrims.
Units in English
Units in The Canterbury Tales and paired texts
- The Oral Tradition
- Epic Poetry
- The Canterbury Tales: ‘General Prologue’
- The Refugee Tales: ‘Prologue’, ed. Anna Pincus and David Herd
- The Canterbury Tales: ‘The Knight’s Tale’, Chaucer
- Telling Tales, Patience Agbabi
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare (Introduction and Act 1)
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare (Act 2)
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare (Act 3)
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare (Act 4 & 5)
- The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin
- Sweetness by Toni Morrison
- Introduction to poetry
- Introduction to the sonnet
- ‘Sonnet 18’, Shakespeare
- ‘Death, be not proud’, Donne
- ‘If thou must love me’, Barrett-Browning
- ‘If we must die’, Claude McKay
- ‘The sonnet-ballad’, Gwendolyn Brooks
- Creative writing: short stories
- Creative writing: poetry
- Recapping the basics: simple sentences, statements, paragraphs, capital letters and past simple verbs
- Complex sentences, avoiding fragments and run-ons, capital letters
- Past simple tense, subordinate clauses, punctuating conjunctions and lists
- Writing accurate, correctly punctuated and paragraphed dialogue, using personal pronouns
- Avoiding fragments, fused sentences and comma splices. Using capital letters and writing in the past tense. Using multiple subordinate clauses, punctuating lists correctly when in a complex sentence.
- Paragraphing narratives for clarity, using possessive pronouns, using apostrophes accurately, structuring, writing and editing genre-specific narratives
- Introduction to Tragedy
- Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Act 1
- Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Act 2
- Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Act 3
- Julius Caesar, Shakespeare, Act 4 and 5
- Introduction to the Romantics
- Romanticism and Nature
- Nature poetry: 'Sycamore Gap' Zoe Mitchell, 'A Sunset' Ari Banias, 'California Dreaming' Lachlan Mackinnon, 'Causeway' Matthew Hollis.
- Romanticism and Revolution
- Revolutionary and Protest poetry: ‘America’ Claude McKay, ‘Rosa’ Rita Dove, ‘Torture’/ ‘We alone can devalue gold’ Alice Walker, ‘Good Bones (2016)’ Maggie Smith, 'To the Indifferent Women' Charlotte Perkins Gilman, ‘Caged Bird’ Maya Angelou
- Oliver and the Workhouse
- Oliver Heads to London
- Oliver is Caught
- Oliver, Bill & The Maylies
- Oliver and the Consequences
- Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
- Creative writing: memoir
- Introduction to rhetoric
- Injustice: Pankhurst & Sojourner Truth
- Change: Michelle Obama & Lennie James
- Motivate: Churchill & Gandhi
- Writing rhetoric
- Shakespearean Comedy - The Tempest
- Language Skills - Fiction - Reading
- Language Skills - Fiction - Writing
- Language Skills - Non-Fiction - Reading
- Language Skills - Non-Fiction - Writing
- Grammar for Writing
- The Short Story
- Gothic Literature
- Fiction: Reading and Descriptive Writing
- Non-Fiction Texts and View Point Writing
- Jane Eyre
- Animal Farm
- Paragraphing non-fiction writing, including presenting a balanced argument