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Grendel Lesson Plans. Grendel Unit, Jon Gardner, 75 pages.
Completely rewritten & expanded July 2011 This is a complete, loosely-structured novel unit for John Gardner�s Grendel. There are no strict schedules or pacing guides here�though the chapter quizzes and study guides, the quick write prompts, the concluding essay, the Socratic seminar,
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John Gardner's Grendel Reading Guides
If you like my free worksheet for chapters 1-3, this is the perfect resource for you after studying the classic Beowulf! This is 24 pages of over 100 chronological questions WITH ANSWERS about John Gardner's Grendel. The questions range from basic plot summary fill-in-the-blank to creative respon
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Grendel Lesson Plans
The Grendel lesson plan contains a variety of teaching materials that cater to all learning styles. Inside you'll find 30 Daily Lessons, 20 Fun Activities, 180 Multiple Choice Questions, 60 Short Essay Questions, 20 Essay Questions, Quizzes/Homework Assignments, Tests, and more. The lessons and acti
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MASSIVE Beowulf Powerpoint - Anglo-saxons, epic poetry, and Grendel
This is a massive powerpoint that can fill an entire six weeks for the desperate 12th grade English teacher! There's Anglo-Saxon background, the history of the Beowulf story and transcript, elements of translation, vocabulary, notes, and questions for Beowulf, notes on epic poetry, questions for po
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Beowulf & John Gardner's Grendel: Mock Trial Project; Complete Unit
One of the most student-driven units I've created and taught, this project requires students to read both Beowulf and John Garnder's contemporary novel Grendel to gather evidence for an in-class mock trial: THE WRONGFUL DEATH OF GRENDEL! Honor students absolutely love the assignment, which provides
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Gardner's Grendel Exam
ALIGNED TO COMMON CORE: This exam focuses on John Gardner's Grendel and is geared towards upper-grade high school students in accelerated courses (honors and/or AP). This exam covers the text of Grendel, the BASICS of postmodernism, and philosophies that drive Grendel's development like solipsism,
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Grendel Reading Guide
12-page Reading Guide on John Gardner's Grendel This packet includes chapter questions which the teacher can use to lead discussions, duplicate for group work, or assign to individual students. The download does not include the answers, but the questions follow the book exactly and are listed in the
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Grendel – Comprehension and Analysis Bundle
Save prep time and help your students read closely and actively with this bundle of Common Core aligned organizers, worksheets, projects, quizzes, and review materials for Grendel by John Gardner. Note: We provide as many of our worksheets and organizers as possible
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A Primer on philosophy in John Gardner's Grendel
On the subject of his novel, Grendel, John Gardner once said in an interview that he �wanted to go through the main ideas of Western Civilization � which seemed to me about� twelve? � and go through them in the voice of [Beowulfâ�ï¿
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Beowulf - The Battle with Grendel Close Analysis
This 28 slide Power Point takes students through a close analysis of "The Battle with Grendel" from Beowulf, as translated by Burton Raffel. Using some details and questions from the Holt Textbook, students are introduced to the literary elements: archetype, epic, and epic hero. At the beginning o
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Beowulf Part III Questions with Answers and Grendel Character Sketch
Beowulf Part III Questions with Answers. This includes The Battle with Grendel and The Monster's Layer. I also use this with my Grendel Character Sketch activity, which is also included here. This character sketch is great to redo after reading John Gardner's Grendel too. Common Core Reading Li
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Beowulf Part I & II Questions: The Wrath of Grendel and The Coming of Beowulf
Reading questions and answer key for “The Wrath of Grendel” and “The Coming of Beowulf” Common Core Reading Literature compatible Answer keys are included. This is also a part of Beowulf Unit Pack
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Grendel Astrology Presentation Assignment
ALIGNED WITH COMMON CORE: One of the major aspects of Gardner's Grendel is the cyclical nature of the text--its twelve chapters contain references that follow the astrological cycle, beginning with Aries and ending with Pisces. This assignment allows students to delve into the text and find exampl
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Novel Study, Grendel (by John Gardner) Study Guide
Grendel Study Guide contains Study Questions for each chapter of the novel by John Gardner. Also included are the following titles: Vocabulary, Signs of the Zodiac, Chapter Summary Guide, Literary Term Analysis, Major Character and Symbol Analysis, Abecedary Chart, Character Collage, Hero Wanted,
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Beowulf Part IV -The Battle with Grendel's Mother-Questions
Beowulf Part IV Questions on The Battle with Grendel's Mother. Two-page student handout with eleven (11) question that include recall, interpretation, and supporting evidence. Common Core Reading Literature compatible This is also a part of
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Student-based discussion question generation activity for Grendel
This is an in class group assignment I came up with that was designed to aid students in asking better questions as they read novels (in particular John Gardner's Grendel, though it could be modified for any novel, really). It was a way attempting to make in class discussions more student directed.
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Beowulf--Gardner's Grendel and Literary Criticism
After completing Heaney's Beowulf, my students read sections from Gardner's Grendel and all of the essay, "Even Monsters Have Mothers," (available on-line and via Gale). This handout contains six short answer questions regarding those readings.
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Grendel - by John Gardner: 70 Multiple Choice Question Exam
These 70 multiple choice questions are chronologically arranged and are a good method to assess a student's understanding of the events in the text.
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Grendel  by John Gardner Comprehension Test
The test consist of 4 pages and 22 questions; basic short answer and discussion. This could also be used has a study guide.
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Preparing Evidence-Based Paragraphs for Beowulf and Grendel
When students write their first essay of the year, they seem to have forgotten all of the carefully-taught lessons on organization and content they learned the year before! In most British literature courses, Beowulf is one of the first texts you'll teach. Use this activity or mini-lesson to help st
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Grendel by John Gardner - A Study Guide for the Text
This 85 short answer and 7 essay response assessment can be used as a study guide, a series of homework assignments, an examination or even as a series of reading check quizzes. The questions are chronological and cover the entire text. Answers for these questions are not readily found in Sparknot
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Grendel Debate
A debate for the novel Grendel by John Gardner. It covers different aspects of the novel and has students debate for the innocence or guilt of the main characters.
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Reading Guide for the novel Grendel
This activity helps students to make sense of a complex text by focusing them on a predetermined set of themes and literary elements. It builds both reading comprehension skills and critical thinking skills as they are forced to anlyze the text as they read. I he process, it also teaches them how
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Grendel Golden Quotes Assignment
Grendel by John Gardner can be a difficult text to teach. This activity helps students identify key quotes from the text as they read, as well as interact with each quote by providing commentary as to how the passages they have selected are relevant to themes and motifs, nihilistic and existential
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Beowulf test 1: Wrath of Grendel and Coming of Beowulf
7 multiple choice comprehension questions. 1 summary draw or describe. 1 find evidence to identify christian background. 1 argumentative paragraph with evidence hero vs villain. two sided test. UDL type assessment design. great for alternative or special education
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Beowulf and Grendel: Classic Hero vs. Villain
The classic tale of Beowulf tells the story of a traditional hero on a quest to destroy a traditional villain, Grendel. This worksheet helps students to better understand these traditional roles in literature, and it asks questions that have students consider the similarities and differences between
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Grendel Tic-Tac-Toe Activity
A Tic-Tac-Toe activity for the novel Grendel by John Gardner. It features a number of creative activities that students can choose from to show understanding of the novel.
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Sympathizing with Grendel's Mother
This activity asks students to place themselves in Grendel's Mother's shoes by reading an article about a woman whose child had been killed in a car crash. (Note: Although very effective in seeing Grendel's Mother's point of view, this article may be upsetting for some children.) After reading the
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Novel Study - Grendel by John Gardner
This file contains 1.) Powerpoint Presentation that introduces and guides the student through the unit. 2.) Analytical writing assignments [multiple assignments that are integrated within the powerpoint. 3.) Reading questions that can focus the student for class discussion. 4.) Readin
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Gardner's Grendel: Chapters 6 & 7 Socratic Seminars
This lesson requires students to listen to two songs, annotate the lyrics, and make connections between the songs and chapters 6 & 7 of Grendel. Specific instructions direct students on how to prepare for the seminar (I usually give this a day in advance and require students to prepare a page of
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Essay Question using Beowulf and Grendel by John Gardner
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An argument essay discussing how the structure of Beowulf and Grendel dealt tot the themes of the two works.
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Grendel Teaching Unit
This file contains a study guide with a key, small group discussion activities, and writing assignments. The Chapters 4-5 PowerPoint and Chapters 6-7 Discussion contain questions used on the study guide.
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Comparing Beowulf and Grendel
This an activity that allows students to who have read Beowulf and Grendel to compare aspects of style and content. It is meant to be introductory. It works well in groups of two, as well. One student will write about Grendel and one will write about Beowulf. The simple design offers flexibility
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Grendel Grendel Grendel, the movie
Summary of about 90% of the film, students are to complete it. To be used in students' movie reviews, notesheet for this purpose is included. The film is an Australian animated feature with Peter Ustinov as the voice of Grendel. Based on John Gardner's novel.
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Grendel's Mother and the Dragon Collage
This project explores the differences between Grendel's Mother and the Dragon as well as how they are "two sides of the same coin." Neither character has any hope left after many desolate years of experience--life has taught them the same lessons despite ending up on opposite sides of the literate s
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Beowulf "The Battle with Grendel" Foreshadowing Lesson Plan and PowerPoint
This PowerPoint includes an introduction to foreshadowing with a music clip activity, as well as an easy-to-follow lesson plan that corresponding to "The Battle with Grendel" for a 57 minute class.
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Philosophies Chart to use with GRENDEL
This is a two column chart. On the left, there is a short description of six philosophical concepts that are relevant to Grendel's development as a character. On the right, there is a blank box for students to cite textual support for each of these philosophies. This is a good way to make sure st
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Grendel Close Reading Exercise
This close reading exercise comes from "Grendel." This is meant to be a short activity that challenges students to find meaning in short texts.
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Comparing Characters and Meaning in Beowulf and Grendel
This assignment asks to students to compare major ideas and characters in Beowulf and Grendel and then articulate them in a nontraditional way. Students gain knowledge about the texts while exploring creative ways to communicate about literature.
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Booknoting Bookmark for John Gardner's Grendel
This bookmark instructs students to annotate each chapter with a specific focus relating to theme, characterization, and/or style. Also included is pertinent information to be aware of regarding how each chapter relates to a Zodiac symbol.
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Grendel's Obituary
Use this activity in conjunction with your Beowulf unit. Have the students write an obituary for Grendel. Make it interesting and split the class up. One half of the class will write the obituary from Grendel's mother's viewpoint. The other half of the class will write the obituary from the viewpoin
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Beowulf and Grendel: Self-Help Pamphlet
Fun project for students to create a self-help pamphlet from the perspectives of select characters in Beowulf and Gardner's Grendel. Includes detailed rubric for grading.
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Beowulf - Grendel's Mother Re-Telling Activity
Students will break into small groups to re-tell the "Battle with Grendel's Mother" in their own words following the text of the original story of Beowulf.
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Grendel Plot Graph - Gardner
This plot graph is presented in landscape view. This worksheet has a staircase pattern that moves from the bottom left to the upper right of the paper. Beginning at the bottom left of the page, students will number each major event in the literary work and write a short description of the event. Lin
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Grendel ch. 10 - 12 Trifold
This guided reading trifold helps students analyze each chapter in the novel Grendel. Each chapter has a learning goal aligned with the CCSS and a reference to the astrological sign represented in the chapter. It is designed for an honors level class.
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Grendel Ch. 1 - 3 trifold
This is a guided reading trifold for the novel Grendel. Each chapter has a learning goal and references the allusion to the astrological sign in each chapter.
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Grendel ch. 4 - 6 trifold
This guided reading trifold helps students analyze each chapter in the novel Grendel. Each chapter has a learning goal aligned with the CCSS and a reference to the astrological sign represented in the chapter. It is designed for an honors level class.
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Grendel ch. 7 - 9 reading trifold
This guided reading trifold helps students analyze each chapter in the novel Grendel. Each chapter has a learning goal aligned with the CCSS and a reference to the astrological sign represented in the chapter. It is designed for an honors level class.
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John Gardner's Grendel Book Chapter Work Handout
This accompaniment packet is for "Grendel" by John Gardner. The mastery of this novel is that each chapter is guided by a particular philosophy and astrological sign. This packet gives the sign, symbol and philosophy of each chapter then asks the student to do the following for each chapter: -iden
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Beowulf Part I Questions: Battle with Grendel
This exercise includes 25 recalling and higher order thinking skills on Part I of Beowulf. Thus, this exercise encompasses Beowulf journey to Denmark and his subsequent fight with and defeat of the monster, Grendel. This study guide requires completion answers and should be assigned after students
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Grendel - by John Gardner, 70 Question Multiple Choice Exam
This 70 questions multiple choice exam is an excellent assessment of a student's understanding of John Gardner's text. The questions are arranged chronologically and examine the entire work.
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John Gardner's Grendel Guided Worksheet Chapters 1-3
Stop working harder than your students! Use this resource after studying Beowulf to help your students strengthen their independent reading comprehension! This is a guided reading worksheet for the first three chapters of John Gardner's Grendel. It has two columns: one that is a fill-in-the-blank
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