The Beowulf Literacy Pack contains a complete unit of work for ages 7-9, with full lesson plans and pupil resources based on Beowulf.
This pack is based on the version of Beowulf by Rob Lloyd Jones (Usborne Young Reading). There are other versions of Beowulf available for children, but this edition is most suitable for ages 7-9 and the work in this pack refers directly to the Usborne text.
This ten-lesson unit of work is based on the UK National Curriculum for Year 3 and but the activities could easily be adapted to other year groups or curriculums. Many schools choose to use this text alongside the Anglo Saxon history topic, although the plans are also designed to work as a standalone unit if required.
The ten lessons in this unit aim to give children the opportunity to read the whole story of Beowulf and to write their own hero myth based on the text. In the first week, pupils will engage imaginatively with the story of Beowulf through drama, discussion and a series of creative activities based on the text. They will become familiar with the structure of the story and the literary conventions of hero myths. There is also a SPAG focus on using powerful verbs, expanding noun phrases, using superlatives and placing commas in lists. Pupils will also have the opportunity to develop their inference skills. In the second week, pupils will use drama to develop ideas and extend their vocabulary. They will then plan their own hero myth and have the opportunity to draft and edit their stories before presenting them to an audience.
The literacy objectives covered in this unit are:
To create a mythical character
To use superlatives
To describe contrasting settings
To use ‘power-of-3’ to expand noun phrases
To use powerful verbs
To draw inferences from details in a text
To use ‘show-not-tell’ as a writing technique
To describe how tension builds in a story structure
To create tension in my writing
To prepare a group performance
To identify conventions in mythical literature
To make a plan for my writing
To write my own hero myth
To find words in a dictionary
To organise paragraphs around a theme
To edit and evaluate my writing
To present my story to an audience