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© 2014 EDMENTUM, INC. Unit Activity Unit: The Anglo Saxon and Medieval Periods This activity will help you meet these educational goals: Common Core State Standards—You will write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence (W.1.); gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the strengths and limitations of each source in terms of the task, purpose, and audience; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and over reliance on any one source and following a standard format for citation (W.8.); cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain (R.1.); draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research (W.9). Introduction In this unit activity, you will analyze aspects of the medieval English stories The Canterbury Tales and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight . You will also read George Orwell’s essay “Politics and the English Language,” analyze it, and express your own views on how language usage changes over time. ________________________________________________________________________ Directions and Analysis Task 1: Analyzing Literature You've read excerpts from secular works written in the medieval period such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and The Canterbury Tales . Both are quest narratives that reveal much about the social life and codes of conduct followed in the medieval period. Write an essay on one of the topics provided in part a of this task. Follow the guidelines in the table below for writing the essay. 1
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a. Choose one of the two topics detailed below for your essay: A medieval romance is a kind of writing that has a mysterious, supernatural setting, idealizes chivalry and courtly love, and may involve masking a character's real identity. Usually the hero of a medieval romance is a knight who takes up an unusual challenge and whose triumph brings glory to the king and the nation. Reread the selection from Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (or you may choose to read more of it from an online source) and write an analytical essay to determine how the poem fits into the genre of medieval romances. Reread portions of The Canterbury Tales . Pilgrims relate the stories on their way to the shrine of Thomas Becket in Canterbury. However, the stories often have an irreverent tone. Examine to what extent “The Pardoner’s Tale” or “The Nun's Priest’s Tale” (or other sections of stories if you want to read more online) seems to mock aspects of religion in general or Christian beliefs and church practices of the time in particular. 2 Guidelines gathering and evaluating sources Refer to online resources or books in a library on the relevant topic in order to write the essay. Make sure you look for the date and the author of the resource and check whether the resource provides valid information that is useful in writing the essay. You can refer to this article or search for other web pages like it to find out more about evaluating sources. developing a thesis or argument Your essay should be built around a thesis statement or the main argument. The thesis statement should be well supported by your research and the text you are analyzing. This article will provide you with more information on thesis statements and developing a topic. writing the essay Consult this resource for guidelines when writing an analytical essay. The structure and language of your essay should be your own. Read these guidelines on how to avoid plagiarism. Make sure you cite all sources you refer to using a consistent format. You can use either the MLA format or the APA format . Reread your essay to eliminate spelling errors and to rule out grammatical mistakes before turning in the essay.
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