The Assignment:

Everyone has been assigned a pilgrim and a role.

If you are a (1), you are the group facilitator. It is your responsibility to keep the group on task at all times.
If you are a (2), you are the group time keeper. It is your responsibility to be sure the group is aware of the time.
If you are a (3), you are the group recorder. It is your responsibility to put your group's ideas to "paper."

Be creative. No rules as to how it should look. Poster, paper, diorama, 3-d model - I don't care what medium you use, as long as all elements are included.

After your presentation, your classmates should have a thorough understanding of who your pilgrim is, what s/he is all about, what Chaucer felt about that person, etc. See below for more details. It should be engaging, interesting, and informative. Remember, all elements should be TEXT-BASED.

The Canterbury Tales Pilgrim Research Project

Part One
The Middle Ages is one of the most interesting and colorful time periods in history. The research questions in Part One of this activity will give you only a brief glimpse into the people of the time and how they lived. It will also demonstrate how Chaucer creates characters that help us understand the complexities of the historical time period. Use the web to research the questions. Be sure to create a link to each site that provides an answer for each of the research questions. You may have more than one site for any one question.

Research questions:
What specific occupation does your character practice?
What does the need for this occupation tell us about the time period?
What was his or her social standing?
What might your character’s day to day life be like?
What details about this character does Chaucer not include?
What modern day occupation might correspond to your medieval character and why?

For Part One, you will present your character to the class as part of your overall presentation.
1. Don't just make a list of the answers. Find a creative way to integrate all answers into your description without saying "The specific occupation..."
2. Include all websites used in your presentation. You can make a Works Cited page, or simply a list of sites. Either way, without this important component, you are plagiarizing.
3. Try to include a picture of your pilgrim. A Google Image search should help. Remember to cite this as well.
4. Google Docs will be the best place to keep your work at this point. If you need an account, go to

Part Two
Examining the language of a specific text can be very complicated. For the purpose of this activity, we will be looking for word choices that give us clues about the author’s tone and attitude about his characters. We will also examine how specific words have evolved from medieval times to today.

Examination of text:
Paraphrase each line of the prologue describing your character.
Which lines in the prologue best describe your character’s physical appearance?
Which lines describe his/her personality?
Which specific words add to your understanding of the character’s personality?

For your presentation, you'll need to summarize the passage as a whole. For the project, you will need to give a paraphrase of each line.

Part Three
Once you have researched the background of your character and examined the text in which your character is developed, you can analyze the language better.

Analysis of the passage
(Be sure to answer in complete sentences. Don’t limit yourself, however; include any additional information that would help a reader understand the text better.)
What is Chaucer’s opinion toward this character?
What specific lines or words tell you this?
What word choices require an understanding of vocabulary from the time period?

Like Part Two, you'll need to answer each one specifically and completely for your project, but for the presentation, a shorter version that encompasses all three is acceptable.