Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding That's What the Farmer's Chicken Said: "The Nun's Priest's Tale" as Parody - Section 4: Interpretation of Dreams: Chaucer's Chicken Argument in "The Nun's Priest's Tale"


What's the difference between timelessness and relevance? Teachers often characterize the classics as timeless. Are we making a mistake? Maybe. There's a difference between a work being timeless, as in approachable in terms of its use of allusion and language structures and relevant in terms of its value in our contemporary world. That's what I talk about here, although I should have said timeless rather than timely! Oops. Better Living Through Beowulf Reflection on the difference between timeless and relevance.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Confusing Literature's Relevance with Timelessness
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That's What the Farmer's Chicken Said: "The Nun's Priest's Tale" as Parody

Unit 7: Take a Little Trip: The Middle Ages and Chaucer
Lesson 9 of 11

Objective: SWBAT analyze Chaucer's use of parody to critique Medieval social norms.

Big Idea: A parody of "What the Fox Said" has parallels to Chaucer's "Nun's Priest's Tale."

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English / Language Arts, argument (Reading Comp), parody, Literature, Fictional Literature, Chaucer, Interactive Summary, Better Living Through Beowulf, Mock Heroic Epic
  60 minutes
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