Lesson 1 (from Chapter I, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)
Introduction to Medieval Literature
Most true medieval literature is consistently based around the same themes: chivalrous and brave knights, beautiful damsels, exotic scenery, and magic. These commonalities do not stop at the aesthetic aspect. They continue to hold similarities in regard to romantic language and medieval symbolism. The objective of this lesson is to examine the basics of medieval literature.
1. Class Discussion: Examine multiple examples of of medieval literature. What similarities do the students notice? How is imagery used? How in depth are the descriptions? What type of characters are described? What do they make of the similarities? Make a list of the commonalities that medieval literature has.
2. Group Activity: Have groups research common themes from medieval literature. What are the themes typically found in medieval literature? Groups should then create a poster that represent a typical theme highlighted in the genre. Poster should include...
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