English lesson - Desert Vista High School

Reading Lesson Plan
Teacher Name:
Heather Sweeney
Senior English
 To introduce the social cross section presented by Chaucer in “The Prologue” of
The Canterbury Tales
 To consider how a social cross section is constructed
Reading Standard:
 S 1, PO 1
 S 1, PO 3
 S 1 PO 4
 S 1, PO 5
 S 2, PO 1
 S 2, PO 2
 S 2, PO 3
Materials Needed:
 Handouts 9 and 10
 A copy of The Canterbury Tales
Reading Strategy:
 Character Organization/Grouping
 Context Clues
Anticipatory Set:
 Clarify that TCT begins by presenting a group of pilgrims who represent a cross
section of medieval society and that Chaucer groups them according to social
order. Clarify that writers select different social standings in order to compare
and contrast functions, values and stereotypes
 Distribute Handout 9: Ask students to observe how Chaucer spreads social
groups throughout “The Prologue”
 Read “The Prologue” as a class
 Discuss each character and the descending social order
 Distribute Handout 10: Ask students to consider the interior groupings within
“The Prologue”
 Have students work individually
 Share responses
Guided Practice:
 Reading
Discussion of Handout 9
Independent Practice:
 Handout 10
 Students will be assessed according to their responses to Handout 10
 Share speculations about the types of tales each character will tell
Reading Fact Sheet:
Examples of Reading Strategies:
 Graphic Organizers
 Frayer Model
 Concept Mapping
 Definition Web
 Venn Diagram
 Prior Knowledge
 Context Clues
Story Boards
Free Write Response
Fluency Skills
Interpretation Through Drama, Music, Art, Dance
Blooms Taxonomy (highest level of understanding to lowest level)
*Notes: This is not a comprehensive list, but a condensed list to assist you with your Reading
Lesson Plan.
Comprehension 
Verbs: Assess, judge, value, compare, recommend, determine
Skills: What is the opinion of, In your view, Why do you think that…)
Sample Activity: Write a letter to … advising on changes needed at …
Verbs: Assemble, compose, create, design, predict, plan, purpose
Skills: Pretend, suppose, What if, Imagine …
Sample Activity: Invent a machine to do a specific task
Verbs: Calculate, criticize, distinguish, diagram, investigate, solve
Skills: Why, outline, what is similar/different, what caused…
Sample Activity: Make a flow chart to show the critical stages
Verbs: Interpret, classify, schedule, illustrate, practice, operate
Skills: Show how, translate, demonstrate …
Sample Activity: Make a scrapbook about the areas of study
Verbs: Discuss, identify, report, restate, translate, outline
Skills: In your own words, explain, tell about, describe…
Sample Activity: Make a cartoon strip showing the sequence of events
Verbs: Define, list, locate, name, recall
Skills: Who, what, where, when, point out
Sample Activity: Make a facts chart
 For a complete list of the Reading Standards please visit the following website:
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