This 28 page packet contains text dependent questions, amazing graphic organizers and fun activities that are sure to help students have the ultimate reading experience with the novel Beowulf. The Interactive Notebook will help students have a better understanding of symbolism, the novel's classic theme and recognition of figurative language. Those students who are artistically inclined or ELD students will especially benefit from all the amazing left side activities included.
THE INDEPENDENT NOTEBOOK FOR
BEOWULF: A NEW TELLING by ROBERT NYE
Created By: Amber Anthony
This Interactive Notebook is designed as a way to read through Robert Nye’s Beowulf. The work students do is text dependent and self- reflecting. In doing this notebook, students will explore the novels theme, character analyzation, identify the figurative language, learn new vocabulary, recognize symbolism and how it is used to emphasize the overall theme of the story.
The notebook also allows the story to resonate with the students as they interact by reflections and making connections through the creative left side activities. These activities are enjoyable and often help students grasp the deeper level thinking we so want them to be able to do.
Each student will need the following items to do this notebook
1. A 70 page spiral notebook
2. Class copy of Beowulf: A New Telling By: Robert Nye
3. Colored Pencils or crayons
4. A pencil
*** This packet contains templates for foldables
Brief instructions page regarding the lessons, worksheets and graphic organizers for the chapters.
Questions are provided following each of the chapters read. They are designed to help students recall important things and understand the purposeful symbolism from this text. The questions are text dependent; designed to have students use quotes directly from the text to back up their answers.
Vocabulary is included for each chapter as students come across words they may not be familiar with. These can be reviewed before the chapter is read, or simply provided as a reference for students.
LEFT SIDE ACTIVITIES
For most of the chapters, I try to add a reflection lesson for students which I like to call the LEFT SIDE ACTIVITY. These activities are a higher level form of thinking, helping students to make deeper connections to the text and develop a better understanding of overall themes of the novel. While many of the activities require text dependent answers, there is also an element of creativity that students must use. These lessons are great for ELD learners who may need to look at the text in a more visual way. The activities are designed to pair perfectly with the heavy descriptive figurative language found in the text. Here is an overview of these activities from this Interactive Notebook.
This Notebook covers the following Benchmarks for Language Arts.
• 7.1 Textual Evidence
• 7.2 Theme or Central Idea
• 7.3 Story Elements
• 7.4 meaning of words and phrases
• 7.6 Analyze POV
• 7.10 Reading Comprehension
Speaking and Listening:
• 7.1 Collaborative Discussion
• 7.2 Analyze Main Idea/ Supporting Details
• 7.3 Use Appropriate Speech
• 7.4 Development, Organization, Style
• 7.5 Writing process
• 7.9 Draw Evidence from lit and Info Text
• 7.10 Writing Routinely- extended and short time frames
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Chapter 1 Questions / Figurative Language and Vocabulary
Scyld Scefing: Working with hyperboles
Chapter 2 Question / Vocabulary; Mood and Setting
Heorot vs the fen – compare and contrast settings, make connections with the attack at Heorot
Chapter 3: Questions/Vocabulary
Good vs Evil Symbol list
Chapter 4 Questions/ Vocabulary
Character Analyzation: Beowulf
Chapter 5 Questions/ Vocabulary
Chapter 6 Summarize Beowulf against Grendel
Chapter 7 Summarize Sigemund and the Firedragon
Chapter 8- 9 Questions/Vocabulary
Graphic Organizer: Chapter 8 Grendel’s Mother- Gathering Evidence from the text
Character Analyzation and Inference: Unferth
Chapter 10: imagery- Appealing to the reader’s senses
Compare and Contrast: Grendel and the Mother
Chapter 11 Questions/ Vocabulary
Chapter 12-13 Questions/ Vocabulary
Chapter 14-16 Question/ Vocabulary
The Firedrake: Make a claim and back it up with evidence from the text
Beowulf Eulogy: Creative Writing