Reading and analyzing classic literature is a lot like solving a mystery. As a reader, you are also a detective. To more fully understand a text that was written hundreds of years ago, you must interpret the clues that are scattered throughout the images, allusions, and themes of the writing to solve the underlying mystery: what is this text about, and why was it written this way?
During our next class, we'll be reading Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, an heroic epic from the Middle Ages that features King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. It would be easy to interpret and analyze the text if we could talk to or read about the author of the piece, but we can't-- because no one knows who wrote Sir Gawain and the Green Knight!
So your job in this learning module is to collect as much background information as possible about the romance and the culture of the Middle Ages. During our next class session, we'll call on this background information, or evidence, to solve the mystery of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.