"Mary Grace Ketner’s presentation is the perfect way to introduce your students to Chaucer’s
The Canterbury Tales."
Amy Maytum, English IV & Humanities Teacher,
What a Day of Stories might look like at your High School
Meeting with students through their Language Arts or Literature classes, I draw from folk and fairy tales with themes of fear, horror, and love, maybe some humor after they trust me! Stories are more intricate, often gripping students for the full period. Seldom do I tell more than two such lengthy stories during a 50-minute class period.
I also offer a “Chaucer on the Go” program for English Literature classes: a bit of biography, a bit of Middle English language, a bit about The Canterbury Tales, then one or two stories told by the pilgrims. This program is adaptable for one-hour classes or two hour block programming.
Possible Stories: Tam Lin and Janet, Godmother Death, Pretty Maid Ibronka, La Llorona, The Black Prince, Katya and the Devil, Mr. Fox and Lady Mary, A Chaparral Christmas Gift (O. Henry), Mr. Death and the Red-Headed Woman, The White Buffalo Calf Woman, The Marquez de Aguayo's Revenge, Chantecleer and the Fox (Geoffrey Chaucer), The Wounded Selkie,...
Of course, stories don't stay strictly in their grades but can adjust up or down according to the audience. This list is just to reassure you that there are stories for everyone!
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