Throughout Unit 2, you have been reading excerpts from the medieval narrative poem The Canterbury Tales and have applied comprehension strategies to analyze the poem’s characterization, tone, narrator, voice, and perspective. Throughout the unit, you have also started gathering material to write a modern allegory inspired by the pilgrims’ stories in The Canterbury Tales by deciding on a theme, sketching characters, choosing a point of view, and creating an outline to organize the plot and other narrative elements. In this lesson, you will draft an allegory that is engaging for the reader and that conveys a moral message.
1. Think about some Universal themes we all know: hope, fear, trust, values in society, change, betrayal, anger, humor…
2. Think about a situation that would describe and show this theme – in the behavior of the characters.
3. Create two or more characters. One character needs to show the positive behavior and one needs to show the opposite behavior(against the desired behavior)
4. Makes sure you create a story that allows the reader to see the growth of the character and the results of the adverse behavior.
5. Show the moral question and how it is resolved. You need to illustrate how important the positive behavior is through the actions and reactions of the characters, the dialogue of the characters, and the tone of the narrator.
Example: Purpose/Theme: To illustrate the importance of Trust Characters: Two brothers Story: One brother’s past behavior causes the other brother to distrust him and this results in a disastrous outcome. Resolution: Both brothers realize the importance of trust and what the outcome could be if you do not trust.
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