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Completely rewritten & expanded July 2011
This is a complete, loosely-structured novel unit for John GardnerÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s Grendel. There are no strict schedules or pacing guides hereÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½though the chapter quizzes and study guides, the quick write prompts, the concluding essay, the Socratic seminar, and the final exam would logically dictate the order of lesson delivery. You may find that you skip some activities, alter some activities and documents, and change the order of delivery year by yearÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½based on your scheduling, teaching style, and type of students.
Study Guides: There are twelve student Study Guides for Grendel. Each study guide is one to two pages in length, and includes a section of easy, comprehension-level questions and then a more thought-provoking set of analysis questions. The analysis questions will, for the most part, require some time, some thought, and some short, essay-style answers. There are also twelve quizzes and discussion prompt documents that you can use as answer keys for the study guides. (The study guides and the quizzes are reformatted versions of the same documents to be used in different ways and settings.)
These Study Guides make for great homework assignments, great in-class group assignments, great individual class-time assignments, or great pre-discussion assignments. I typically have students complete these at home, and then use the analysis prompts to guide us through an in-class discussionÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½this way, the students have worked over the ideas and have something to say.
Here youÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½ll also find twelve combination chapter Quizzes and Discussion Prompts: these sets of quiz and discussion prompts are to be used verbally. There are, of course, many ways to use such prompts, but for the record, hereÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s how I use them. I assign reading, either in class or as homework. At the start of the next dayÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s period, I verbally recite the quiz questionsÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½or at least three of them. Students write their answers on binder paper. Then, students trade papers and I recite the answers. There are sometimes negotiations and debates about the answers and sometimes I allow for a student to add something to the answer key. Then, I read the discussion prompts to the studentsÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½all at once, so they can process them for a few moments. Finally, we proceed through the questions one-by-one. Sometimes I skip questions; sometimes I add questions. Go ahead and alter things to suit your needs. The purpose of the quiz questions is to assess the level of student reading and student comprehension. And, letÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s be honest, to make students accountable for the reading assignments. I want to be clear: the quiz questions are not analytical, but the discussion prompts are. The quiz questions have the answers written immediately under the questions. Again, this is a verbal quiz. You cannot hand these out. If you donÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½t like verbal quizzes, use the study guides insteadÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½see above. Note: combination Quizzes and Discussion Guides and the Study Guides are reformatted versions of the same documentÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½you will want to use one or the other, but not both.
Essay assignments. There are several essay prompts in this unit, as well as a grading rubric. Choose the ones you like, or use them as starting points to brainstorm your own prompts.
Finally, as the table of contents suggests, there are many, many other assignments that an instructor may use, alter, augment, or skip. The unit is designed to revolve around either the Study Guides or the Combination Quizzes and Discussion Prompts (or a combination of both), and to terminate in a Seminar, and/or culminating essay, and/or final exam. Along the way an instructor will choose from the additional activities and lessons so as to end with a unit that suits the instructorÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s style, schedule, and students.
Table of Contents
Existentialism: A Student Guide 3
Existentialism vs. Nihilism Graphic 5
Study Guides 6
Quizzes and Discussion Prompts 18
Philosophical Symbolism in Grendel Activity 36
In-Class Writing: Journal Entries, Quick Writes 37
Essay Prompts and Assignment Handouts 45
Essay Rubric 46
Seminar Prompts 47
Multiple Choice Test 49
Multiple Choice Test Key 51
Materials for Any Literature Unit 52
Multimedia Project: Common-Core Aligned 52
Archetypes Activity 54
Close Analysis Activity Common-Core Aligned 55
Close Analysis Lecture Rubric 56
Metacognitive Preview (START WITH THIS) 57
Reading Quiz Makeup 58
Reading Journal Prompts 60
The Post Film Essay 61
Thematic Flowchart 62
Rubric for Thematic Flowchart 63
Cooperative Essay Assignment 64
Cooperative Essay: Group Rating 65
Biography paragraphs 66
Group Hunt: Common Core Standards 67
Book Notes 68
Poetic Analysis 69
Vocabulary Activity 71
The Book Review Essay 73
Process essay prompts 74
The book Summary 75