The Canterbury Tales

A Map to present Chaucer's work

When exploring and talking about a masterpiece, we can use a simple map to guide us. It helps us organize our thoughts and share information clearly. Let's take a look at this map:

  1. Start with the Basics:

    • Begin with the title of the masterpiece.
    • Explain what the title means.
    • Share when it was published.
    • Discuss the sources that inspired the author.
  2. Follow the Map:

    • Now, let's move clockwise on the map.
    • Look at each element one by one.

For example, let's use "The Canterbury Tales":

  • Title: "The Canterbury Tales"

    • Explain what this title tells us about the story.
    • Mention when it was published.
  • Inspiration:

    • Talk about what inspired the author to write this masterpiece.
    • Were there any specific sources that influenced the story?
  • Characters:

    • Introduce the main characters in the story.
    • What makes each character unique?
  • Setting:

    • Describe where and when the story takes place.
    • How does the setting contribute to the overall atmosphere?
  • Plot:

    • Summarize the main events of the story.
    • What are the key moments that drive the plot forward?
  • Theme:

    • Identify the main ideas or messages in the masterpiece.
    • What deeper meanings can we uncover?

By following this map, we can create a clear and organized presentation. Remember, the map might change a bit depending on the type of masterpiece we're exploring. Enjoy your journey into the world of literature!

Now, let me share an example from one of my students, Alessio (3LSA), who used this map to present The Canterbury Tales. Alessio found the needed information in The Canterbury Tales: a Guide for beginners in 9 Literary Elements, filled out the map, and then used it to speak about Chaucer's masterpiece. 

Creating a map is the initial stage in forming either a spoken or written text.

Here's how Alessio went through the process:

  1. Exploration in the Ebook:

  2. Map Compilation:

    • Using the gathered information, Alessio filled out the map.
    • He placed the title at the beginning, explaining its significance and providing the publication date.
    • Alessio then detailed the sources that influenced the author.
    • Following the map clockwise, he added information about characters, setting, plot, and themes.
  3. Oral Presentation:

    • Alessio used the completed map as a guide for his oral presentation.
    • He smoothly moved through each section, talking about the title, inspiration, characters, setting, plot, and themes.
    • By following the map, he created a well-organized and informative presentation.

Remember, creating a map is like building the foundation for your spoken or written work. It helps you gather and organize your thoughts, making the presentation process much smoother. Great job, Alessio!

LnT provides you with 

LnT a practical guide that presents The Canterbury Tales in 9 literary elements.

LnT a biography of the author for beginners