I use these PowerPoint presentation to give my ELA classes a brief background of the Anglo-Saxon time period prior to reading literature such as Beowulf.
I start by reviewing Cornell style note taking (I have a PP presentation for sale). Then I use 47 slide PP presentation to discuss the history of the Anglo-Saxons. The information is divided into three sections: history, culture, and literature. This presentation includes several informal assessments (which can be used to check for understanding as tickets out), graphic organizer activities, writing prompts, and extension activities.
There are notes and answers in the "note" section of the PP slides. I also have assessments for sale dealing directly with the information discussed on this PP.