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Write This Way to Canterbury

Course, Subject

English Language Arts (9-12), English Language Arts (2005)

Grade Levels

Commencement, 11th Grade, 12th Grade


Rubrics should be developed for each task and used for evaluation.


Hahn, Charlene B., Cohoes High School


1-2 weeks



  • Students will use a traditional work of literature as the basis for workplace writing.
  • Students will complete applications.
  • Students will create a website.
  • After reading and discussing “The Prologue,” “The Nun's Priest's Tale,” and “The Pardoner's Tale,” students are provided with the following situation:

    “You own and operate a travel agency that is offering an escorted trip to Canterbury, England. Many people have contacted you about making reservations. The number of travelers must be limited, and the participants will be selected on the basis of submitted applications.”

  • Students determine the criteria for selecting participants for the trip and create an application form that all will use.
  • Each student uses information from The Canterbury Tales to complete an application for each traveler identified in the three readings.
  • Teacher presents the students with the following situation: “The travelers would like to share information about their trip and communicate with the ‘folks back home'.”
  • Students work in teams to create a website for The Canterbury Tales.
  • The site should have basic information about your travel agency and should include:
    • An e-mail message
    • Links to a map of the travel route
    • A biography of Chaucer
    • A description of each traveler
    • Weather
    • An itinerary
  • Students work together to create a newsletter featuring news of the travelers for their relatives at home, using a desktop publishing program.


  • Text: The British Tradition , Prentice-Hall Publishers
  • Computers with access to the Internet
  • Software programs for developing websites (e.g., Publisher or ClarisWorks)
  • Word processing programs
  • Desktop publishing programs


Teachers may want to do only one of these writing tasks.


Hahn, Charlene B. “Write This Way to Canterbury.” In Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. New York State Department of Education, 191.

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