British Literature Honors: Beowulf

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Whether new to teaching Beowulf or an experience pro, you'll find much to like in a richly detailed unit plan that asks readers to consider how the epic represents the difficulty in defining good and evil but also reflects the changing cultural values in early British history. To demonstrate what they have learned in the month-long unit, groups develop a script for and perform a scene from a section of the epic.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Create a classroom library of the productions that can be reviewed by subsequent classes
  • Have actors perform their scene for other classes reading the epic
Classroom Considerations

  • Most appropriate for an honors or AP level class
  • Requires copies of the Seamus Heaney translation of the epic and of John Gardner's Grendel
  • Access to the Oxford English Dictionary is also required
Pros

  • The 27-page packet includes detailed plans with guiding questions
  • Appendix A provides the specific requirements for the group performance project
Cons

  • None
Common Core