In this Beowulf background PowerPoint, the first 14 slides hook students' attention with humor and imagery that show what life was like during Anglo-Saxon times. It includes pictures of foods and drinks that Anglo-Saxons typically consumed, references to common sports and games, and other cultural references. It helps them better envision the story of Beowulf and also understand what that culture valued.
The remaining 10 slides provide information that is essential to know before reading the Beowulf text. With images and easy-to-read text, the presentation details Anglo-Saxon cultural terms (like wyrd, comitatus, etc.), poetic elements in Beowulf, and characteristics of an epic. Students will be able to get in the mindset of the story with this information, but not be overwhelmed.
This product includes the presentation version of the PowerPoint and a fill-in-the-blank version for the information that is essential for students to know.
I also offer this product as part of my discounted Beowulf Bundle
. Also, make sure that you download my free Anglo-Saxon Riddles
for a fun and challenging Beowulf extension activity!
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