Why teach Chaucer? You might ask this question, but after reading The Canterbury Tales and the lesson plans on this site, you will realize the value in Chaucer's poetry. I like the ideas explored: inquiry, character maps, a pilgrimage, and students as teachers. They fully engage the students in the text and connect it to the outside world.
If you need excellent resources to teach The Canterbury Tales, this site has them for you! From music videos, audio links, and recipes to etexts with hyperlinks and literary criticism, you will have an array of materials and lesson plans to prepare your Chaucer unit.
This is a comprehensive unit plan for teaching The Canterbury Tales. It includes objectives, summaries, review questions, vocabulary words, discussion questions and writing assignments. It even includes crossword puzzles! Although this isn't the most creative approach to teaching the play, it is logical and straightforward -- a must see for teachers teaching Chaucer for the first time.
Once you have your feet wet teaching Chaucer, look at the ideas on this site. There are numerous supplementary assignments that will increase student motivation and stimulate extended learning. I like #5: Fifteen Simple Activities and Assignments. You could have students work in collaborative groups, individually, or give these assignments for enrichment or extra credit.
Watch a teacher interact with textbook notes while teaching his students about The Canterbury Tales. You could have students watch this segment or just learn from this teacher's ideas about the text. Either way, the teacher gives the students several strategies for deciphering meaning in the poem.
Use this video to introduce your students to Chaucer and The Canterbury Tales. It does a very good job of giving background information such as Chaucer's life details and the language of the times. It also includes an audio version of the original text so that students can hear what it would sound like during Chaucer's lifetime.