Beowulf

Lessons

To understand description and dialogue
To understand point of view
To understand views of heroism Beowulf Lesson Plan

Storyboarding, Relation of literature to culture Lesson Exchange: Beowulf (Senior, Literature)

Students examine the positive and negative character traits of Beowulf to answer the question: Is Beowulf the model hero? They review their definition of hero/heroine and develop discussion questions to prompt ideas. Students compare Beowulf to heroes from previous lessons and present their candidate for model hero. They present their conclusions in small group pairings. Lesson 4 - Beowulf: continued

Beowulf describes some of the societies that settled in Europe during the decline and after the fall of the western Roman Empire. The societies described here--the Danes, the Gears, and the Swedes--are hierarchical, civilized and violent. The relationship between Hrothgar and his men is very hierarchical; there are clearly defined obligations on each side, but a definite sense of order in the relationship. The characters have a sense of a highly defined moral code. Christianity is a new idea for them, and they are trying to fit together Christian tenets and their older ideals.

The violence in the poem is more apparent in the daily lives of the characters than in the battles between Beowulf and the three monsters. The poet is more interested in developing Beowulf's character and explaining his beliefs and goals than in describing the battles, although he describes them vividly. Lessons 9-10

Heroic Comparing and Contrasting Poets vs. Politicians

Introduction-Quotation Exchange; Historical Evidence Journal; Hero’s Journey Map Using History Through Literature

Professional Commentary:
In this lesson, students read the epic poem "Beowulf" and identify the personality differences between the characters Beowulf, Hrothgar, and Grendel. Using a True Colors Personality Profile, they categorize the three characters according to temperament style and write descriptive paragraphs about each. In subsequent lessons, students apply the information about temperament types to a contemporary workplace conflict between several employees, and develop a solution that will be acceptable to each temperament style. Handouts and links to additional resources are provided.
Ohio Resource Center: Beowulf in Today's Workplace

Beowulf Lesson Plans

The Beauty of Anglo-Saxon Poetry: A Prelude to Beowulf EDSITEment - Lesson Plan

PDF File -- Beowulf and Canterbury Tales http://www.mcdougallittell.com/state/nm/pdf/NewMexico.LOL.LP.12/Unit1.pdf

Beowulf Mock Trial http://home.cogeco.ca/~rayser3/beotrial.txt

Student Motivation/Orientation/Anticipatory Set/Connection to Life or Previous Learning.  overview   lesson_concept  lesson one lesson_2  

This lesson is intended to have students investigate the idea of "monsters" in society. How have monsters been viewed, what purpose do they serve, why are they necessary? They will begin by defining the idea of what a monster is. They will then read Beowulf. The reading of Grendel by John Champlin Gardner will follow. Students will design and present their own conceptions of a monster. ARTSEDGE: Monsters

The Anglo Saxon Period  Abstracts - Laika Courseware System  Abstracts - Laika Courseware System 

In a society dominated by aggression, what would you expect to be the Anglo-Saxon attitude toward family life, the role of women, art, literature, ethics, and work? Students will address these and other issues while reading and discussing and thinking about and writing about the literature of the ancient hero, Beowulf.  index

History of the English Language - Anglo Saxon Beginnings - Unit One- English Lit
Unit One in the full course sequence for English Literature has ten components--nine lessons and a unit test. Vocabulary, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and SAT activities are intermingled with these Anglo Saxon and History of the English language lessons. History of the English Language - Anglo Saxon Beginnings - Unit One- English Lit

 

This lesson is the third in the "History of the English Language: Anglo-Saxon Beginnings" unit, the first unit in the full course sequence for English Literature. Students learn how to spell, define, and employ in speaking and writing 20 vocabulary words which are likely to show up on the SAT test. Included are links to on-line printable puzzles and on-line flashcards which assist in the learning process. The teacher may choose to have students work on these activities consecutively, or, they may be interrupted by other in-class activities or even suggested for homework. The materials and activities presented here may be effective teaching tools apart from the full unit. Many more lessons like this one may be found in the full sequence for the English Literature course.  Vocabulary 1 - SAT Preparation
 
Old English- Beowulf, Unit Three in the full course sequence for English Literature, has eight components--seven lessons and a unit test. A grammar review and SAT prep activity are intermingled with these Beowulf lessons. Old English - Beowulf - Unit 3 English Lit.

Exploring Heroes in Today's Society ALEX - Alabama Learning Exchange

Beowulf --English Language

What good is Beowulf? -- The English language in translation for high school seniors

Using History Through Literature

Art:21 . Online Lesson Library . Ritual & Commemoration . Lesson 2—Commemorating Heroes & History | PBS

 

WebQuests

BEOWULF VS. GRENDEL & CO.  --
An Internet WebQuest on GOOD AND EVIL IN LITERATURE

 

Study Notes

eNotes: Beowulf study guide and questions  Beowulf Summary, Essays, Quotes, and Pictures

Spark Notes Beowulf

Book Rags Notes BookRags: Beowulf book notes, free study guide online

Classic Note on Beowulf  ClassicNotes: Beowulf

Beowulf: A Study Guide  BEOWULF

Beowulf Links  Syd Allan -- Beowulf: Links

ClassZone.com

Beowulf Study Guide

Essays

The Heroic Age: The Education in the Mead-Hall

 

Resources

Why is Beowulf important? Resources for the Study of Beowulf

Historical Background Beowulf: Historical Background

Anthropological and Cultural Approaches to Beowulf The Heroic Age: Issue 5 Anthropological and Cultural Approaches to Beowulf

Teaching Lessons Education

As the Roman empire collapsed, the next wave of newcomers - the Anglo-Saxons - appeared in the British Isles.
Discover how the whole cultural landscape of Britain, from the architecture to the language, changed as a result of this influx. BBC - History - Anglo Saxons
Beowulf , written in Old English sometime before the tenth century A.D., describes the adventures of a great Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century.

A rich fabric of fact and fancy, Beowulf is the oldest surviving epic in British literature.

Beowulf exists in only one manuscript. This copy survived both the wholesale destruction of religious artifacts during the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII and a disastrous fire which destroyed the library of Sir Robert Bruce Cotton (1571-1631) The Adventures of Beowulf
Beowulf , written in Old English sometime before the tenth century A.D., describes the adventures of a great Scandinavian warrior of the sixth century.

http://www.chfestival.org/publications/Beowulf_Lesson_Plan.pdf

Bulfinch's Mythology -- The Age of Fable BEOWULF

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Date this page was last edited: 04/28/2004