Tales from my Career as a High School English Teacher #2

As a teacher of British literature, I learned that the challenge of teaching Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to high school seniors at the beginning of a term is almost insurmountable. Therefore, I decided to alter my usual comprehensive reading assignment by assigning only one pilgrim to each student, challenging the student to be able to answer any question in class–objective or subjective–regarding the pilgrim he/she was assigned.

The first student to be interviewed had been assigned the KNIGHT and was obviously nervous regarding the interrogation. I therefore spoke reassuringly. “Good morning, Mr. KNIGHT. I understand you are good at chivalry. Where did you learn chivalry?”

The student seemed to be plumbing the depths of his memory for an answer and finally stammered, “In KNIGHT school, Sir.”


About bobosbest

I am an 80-year-old retired English teacher whose writing goals are fulfilled by publishing these blogs. I have a wonderful married partner, Dimitris Tsitsiras, who is from Greece. Life is good and still an adventure.
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2 Responses to Tales from my Career as a High School English Teacher #2

  1. arcadian48 says:

    were you able to keep a straight face?

  2. Bill Martin says:

    Homophones again! 🙂

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