These are the materials I used with middle school students while reading the novel Beowulf: A New Telling. It is a great way to introduce students to Beowulf before they get to high school or college and get really confused! The novel is great! It has short chapters that I would typically read aloud in class. The students loved it and talked about it for years.
This graphic organizer is very handy to use with a Smart Board to help students organize their thoughts on what makes a hero. It has multiple copies of the graphic organizer so you can easily shift from class period to class period without having to refresh.