Week 23: We created skits to retell Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
To pass the time during their journey to the Canterbury Cathedral, a group of pilgrims took turns telling stories. Geoffrey Chaucer wrote them down and they are some of the most well known tales of the middle ages.
Geoffrey Chaucer, the great English poet, was a story teller who was daring and innovative. He wrote in English although it was much more fashionable to write in French during his time. His poems popularized the use of Royal Rhyme. Each contained 10 syllables per line with rhyming words at the end of each line to the pattern a,b,a,b,b,c.
Most of his stories have adult themes and so reviewing them before reading them to children is a good idea. Chaucer's Canterbury Tales by Marcia Williams is a good version of Chaucer for young children. Canterbury Tales Publisher: HarperCollins by Barbara Cohen is a good version for older elementary or middle school aged children.
After reading the stories in the Marcia Williams version the kids retold the stories by creating skits.
The Summoner's Tale
The Pardoner's Tale
The Wife of Bath's Tale
The tales are funny and crude. Study with caution. These kids had a blast.