Engage students in reading and analyzing Beowulf, the epitome of a complex text. Spiral the Reading Literature standards for TNReady (and Common Core) in a scaffolded, guided release lesson.
After building historical context, students read Beowulf and fill in a graphic organizer for every 10 lines. Students record a summary (main idea) of the lines and find evidence that shows figurative language, textual structures/features, or theme and elaborate on the evidence.
o 8-Page Student Lesson Packet (PDF)
o 8-Page Teacher Guide (PDF)
o Editable Copy of the Beowulf Reading and Analysis Lesson
o Link to the 30-Page Beowulf Text
How Does it Work
• Introduce students to myths and build historical context.
o Students complete notes
• Introduce key characters/places using a graphic organizer to scaffold the text and enable students to record additional notes.
• Facilitate constructed response writing that requires students to develop an argument and support with evidence
o This constructed response helps students think about the theme of “evil” before reading
• Read the text as a class stopping every 10 lines to review context and fill in the graphic organizer with a summary and observation about language, structure, or theme
• Complete a plot diagram using the graphic organizer
• Answer a constructed response explaining how the theme is conveyed in the text using evidence and elaboration
The standards included are (these are aligned to TNReady and the national Common Core Assessment):
• RL.7.1 Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
• RL.7.2 Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
• RL.7.5 Analyze how a drama’s or poem’s structure contributes to its meaning.
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TNReady Middle Grades ELA Jeopardy Review for RI and WritingTNReady ELA Mastery Tracker
Reading Strategies Anchor Chart
(Written by Middle School Writer, Mara Truslow. Copyright 2015.)