British Lit: Canterbury Tales Prologue Poem Project




PDF file. This sheet contains a poetry project your students will enjoy! It makes a concise and effective culminating activity for your unit on The Canterbury Tales.

The sheet contains instructions and a mentor poem to inspire students to craft a 20-line prologue similar to Chaucer’s Prologue to The Canterbury Tales. The main requirement is that eight lines must end in rhyming couplets. If you wish, scaffold up for your advanced learners by requiring iambic pentameter as well.

What makes this extra fun: students must include at least three characters of very different social backgrounds that they must not reveal in their poem. When they present their poems, classmates attempt to guess who their three characters are!


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