This activity requires students to write a boast poem similar to the one that Beowulf delivers before he fights Grendel. It's a great way to help students prepare for writing college admissions essays.
Included in the file:
1. A detailed rubric that explains the point values for alliteration, kennings, references to family/friends, and personal accomplishments. It also prompts students to mark each component with a specified symbol, so it'll be easier for you to grade. (One version based on 30 points and one blank version included.)
2. An optional template that will help students who struggle with creative writing stay on track.
3. A full example boast poem, which meets every mark on the rubric.
I've fine-tuned this rubric and example over the years, and although the assignment might seem challenging at the outset, it's always a hit because the students produce personal writing that highlights their positive attributes and accomplishments. It also highlights the values and literary devices that are central to Beowulf!
I also offer this product as part of my discounted Beowulf Bundle
. Make sure that you download my free Anglo-Saxon Riddles
for a fun and challenging Beowulf filler activity!
Here are some other British Literature products that might make your life easier!
British Literature Mega Bundle
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Bundle
Macbeth Unit Bundle