I have included multiple materials here that I use during a study of Beowulf:
♕ A resume
: students compose a resume for Beowulf. This provokes great character analysis (rubric included). If your school has Microsoft Word, you could easily have students take advantage of the Resume templates offered in the program.
♕ A boast
: students boast about themselves in a creative style similar to that found in the text. Serves as a great way to introduce public speaking skills.
♕ Closing essay prompt and short quiz (key included): the essay is useful as a summative assessment, and the quiz is designed to be given after the first part of the reading is complete.
♕ Beowulf Double-Column Heroic Chart
→ This is a chart (two columns and seven rows) that requires students to list heroic traits of Beowulf, and Anglo-Saxon culture, and compare/contrast them to traits that we associate with the heroic ideal today.
→ The idea is for them to record quotes from the text that match up with the characteristics listed in the first column. Then, they provide examples of how these characteristics apply (if they do) to current times in the second column.
♕ Beowulf Anglo-Saxon Gallery Walk Activity
→ This is a gallery walk assignment for Beowulf that requires students to view and write about images related to the text. A gallery walk is an activity that requires students to circulate around the room while thoughtfully observing and analyzing visual content. I have included two websites within the product that feature different images related to Beowulf and Anglo Saxon art. In the included directions, I specify how you should select five images for students to perform a gallery walk with. Note that I also included a website link on the assignment itself in case you want students to select their own images, independently, to analyze.
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→ During the exercise, students walk around the room in silence and view each Beowulf-related image; as they view, they respond to the questions on the handout, which require them to reflect, write, and make connections to the text. This activity can be followed up with paired and/or whole class discussion or extended writing.
♕ Beowulf Blog Activity
→ Students are used to composing online (think Facebook, Twitter, etc.), and this assignment capitalizes on this familiarity by requiring students to blog from a literary character's perspective from Beowulf. The document includes directions, two free blogging websites students can use (one is accessible if students have a free Google account), requirements for the activity, and a rubric. Students can compose individually or work in pairs.
→ Essentially, students must choose a literary character from Beowulf (Beowulf, Grendel, Hrothgar, or Wiglaf) and publish at least four blog posts, of at least 250 words each, from their character's perspective that correspond with four different moments from the text. They write in first person in their character's voice. Rubric included.
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