The first four minutes of this video provide a pretty good overview of the introduction to Beowulf: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcqMp_D5pdE
For Thursday 4/26,
A Block should have read up to line 85 "Grendel Attacks Heorot,"
and F block should have read up to line 209 " A Hero Arrives."
1. Please read lines 1 - 63 in your Beowulf packet!
2. As you read, annotate carefully for unfamiliar words and kennings - for each, mark them in the text and make a note in the margin.
3. At the end of this section, make a family tree for Shield Sheafson!
DUE at the beginning of class on Wednesday 4/25
The next text we will be reading is Beowulf.
An important distinction: Beowulf in italics like that refers to the epic poem. Beowulf in regular text like this refers to the epic hero, or protagonist of our tale.
TASK ONE: Take your time exploring the following websites, taking notes as you read. You can click on any links you see for additional information! Be sure to jot down any key details and interesting information. CLASSWORK 4/19 & 4/20
1) THE ANGLO-SAXONS
Think: What were the values of the Anglo-Saxon society? How did men and women spend their time? What was the culture like at the time Beowulf was written? Use all of these resources to form your answer:
Think: What are the peoples involved in this story? What do we know and what do we not know about Beowulf the character and Beowulf the text?
After you've learned about the story's background, learn more about the story's setting and specifically the Mead Hall.
3) THE LANGUAGE
Beowulf is typical of Old English poetry in that it uses a great deal of alliteration, and it is also full of kennings. Please check out these examples of kennings, note the definition, and try to write some examples of your own. Don't google them - get creative!
Organize your notes in a way that makes sense to YOU - collage? timeline? map? flowchart? Boxed chunks of information? Pictures and labels? WEEKEND HW
This is a document you will SHOW Ms. Rush on Monday 4/23. You will also use it that day to help demonstrate what you have learned about the cultural and literary background of Beowulf, and you will be able to use it as a reference sheet throughout this unit. There is no wrong way to do this - just make sure you've taken the time to review and organize the information you've gleaned from this webquest.
Adapted from the classrooms of Ms. Gossling and others.
The Iliad unit quiz is TOMORROW, Tuesday 4/17.
The quiz will include multiple choice questions, True/False, matching characters to their descriptions, and several short answer questions. You should be comfortable with all key characters among the Trojans, Greeks, and gods/goddesses and the the overall plot. Review characteristics of an epic and your notes on Ancient Greek culture and the back stories of both Paris and Achilles!
Read Book 24 (the last chapter!) and answer the guided reading questions.
Due Monday 4/16
1) Read The Iliad Book 19 & answer all 8 guided reading questions. Click HERE for another copy of the questions. Due Mon 4/9
2) Complete your Mini-Mastery! Due Tues 4/10 - Fri 4/13
See previous post (just scroll down!) for a copy of the full assignment + helpful links for the Instagram task, and click HERE to review the rubric.
Gods & Heroes - world literature
This course dives into foundational legends and myths from around the world, investigating how societies have used story-telling to shape and transmit their identities and values. We will have the opportunity to do a comparative study of central texts and figures from a variety of ancient civilizations.