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Canterbury Tales Stereotype Poem: Creating a Modern-day Pilgrim

In this Canterbury Tales assignment, students become a modern-day Chaucer and create a stereotype poem based upon a contemporary figure in society. They must write a poem that describes this modern-day pilgrim, including imagery and rhetorical devices, that reveals a clear tone either approving or disapproving of the figure. After creating the poem, students are asked to write a paragraph explanation of their stereotype poem that includes the effect of their rhetorical devices.

Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep…

Ocean view.

The ocean's waters suddenly became crystal clear, allowing light to penetrate all the way to the ocean's bed, revealing something very unexpected.

Tall Tales- Walt Disney's Paul Bunyan. This would be a great example to show the classroom to introduce them to this literary genre!