Beowulf Digital Escape Room Review: Literary Introduction & Historical Context

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Description

Beowulf Digital Escape Room

You must have cell phones, tablets, or laptops to play this game. Students should work together in small groups. This game requires students to access Google apps with a Google sign-in. Prior to purchase of this game, please make sure your school district does not block the following apps/websites: Google Apps (Sites, Forms, Docs); YouTube (presented through SafeShare); and Jigsaw Planet.

A breakout box kit is not needed for this game.

Engage your students by having them play this digital escape room game prior to reading Beowulf or at any point during your Beowulf study as a review. Students will work in small groups to solve puzzles. This is a no prep activity--all you need to do is share a link to the game! You can share the link by posting it in your online classroom, by projecting it from your laptop, by writing it on the board, or by printing it out for students. Easy!

The game includes a self-checking Google Form, so you can step back and let students pace themselves. Once students break out, they will get a congratulations message they can show to you to let you know they've finished. For differentiation purposes, I've included a teacher guide with visuals and hints to help you coach struggling students.

This game should take average high school students about 40 minutes to play--you can adjust the time if needed.

⭐Please note that this game is intended to be used as an exploratory/engagement or reinforcement/review activity. It is not intended to take the place of direct instruction.

TOPICS INCLUDED

Beowulf Overview:

  • Original language of composition
  • Genre
  • Exact date of composition
  • Authorship
  • Time and place of setting
  • Beowulf's three main opponents
  • Major themes of the epic: valor in battle, loyalty to leaders, and religion
  • Date of the end of the Anglo-Saxon Period

Translation and the Authenticity of the Epic

  • Students view a video discussing the translation problems of the epic to determine a clue

The Eight Characteristics of an Epic Hero

  • Students use video to differentiate epic hero and tragic hero characteristics to find a code

Literary Techniques in the Epic

  • Alliteration
  • Assonance
  • Caesura
  • Kenning

This escape room game incorporates a wide range of multimedia resources, including websites, images, videos, Google Docs, a Google Site, a Google Form, and an interactive encrypted puzzle. I've incorporated a text message and emojis as well to really grab the attention of some of the more hands-on learners.

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Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.
Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.

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