Kenning Lesson for Beowulf Unit

This Kenning Lesson for Beowulf Unit activity & project also includes:

As part of a study of Old English and/or Nordic epic poetry, class members examine examples of kennings and then craft their own poem with kennings.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Have poems create an illuminated frame, rich in symbols, for their kenning poem and post the results about the classroom
  • Include the activity in a unit study of epic poetry
Classroom Considerations
  • The exercise presumes class writers are familiar with nouns, noun phrases, and adjectives
  • The assignment sheets distinguishes between kennings and epithets
  • The assignment sheet includes a definition of the term, examples, and a kenning writing assignment with rubric
  • Some may be confused by the assignment directions
Common Core