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.
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?
This is a document you will SHOW Ms. Rush on Wednesday 4/19. 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 class rooms of Ms. Gossling and others.
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.