Reflection: Student Ownership THE CANTERBURY TALES: Wife of Bath Day 2 of 4 - Section 2: Wife of Bath's Tale and Wife of Bath's Prologue Entire


As a teacher of Seniors, I think it is important to reinforce to students that they own their achievement and will not be subject to spoon feeding in college or career.  Students need to understand that time management is an important skill they must acquire to succeed beyond my classroom.  

At first I thought I was a poor teacher when six of my 24 students completed the homework assignment for this HONORS CLASS, but I realized that this was a teachable moment, a turning point for these students, that they must complete their work as the course will continue to progress.  

Following a short lecture on skills to succeed in college and career, I decided to be flexible and change my lesson plan by giving them time in class to begin reading the Wife of Bath's Prologue.  Those students who turned in their homework at the beginning of class were awarded with 100 minutes to begin reading the Wife of Bath's Prologue, and students who did not do their homework had to scramble to do it or finish it with a new assignment, the Wife of Bath's Prologue waiting for them.  

I often talk to students about the word college and how it is derived from the Latin verb legere, which means to read. I explain that reading in college can be a huge burden if students do not manage their time or have literacy and study skill strategies to manage the college workload.  I try to use effective strategies, such as workgroups and writing to learn, on a daily basis to get students in the habit of using them.

  Student Ownership: Reflection
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THE CANTERBURY TALES: Wife of Bath Day 2 of 4

Lesson 7 of 9

Objective: SWBAT demonstrate understanding of the Wife of Bath through writing and discussion.

Big Idea: “Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit” ― E.E. Cummings

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English / Language Arts, Medieval Period, Geoffrey Chaucer, archetype, Wife of Bath, Flexibility, Common Core Alignment, Culture for Learning
  73 minutes
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