Unit 3: Beowulf

Unit 3: Beowulf

Beowulf Unit Brit Lit A Beowulf! Anonymous Written between 5th-11th centuries (probably 900 A.D.) Oldest surviving significant piece of literature in English

Told about past Foundational epic of English & British culture Iliad or the Odyssey Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll 1. What happened? 2. With your partner, paraphrase the poem. 3. What strategies did you use to

figure it out? English Old English (449-1100) Beowulf Middle English (1100-1500) Modern English (1500-Present) Beowulf Hwt! We Gardena

geardagum, eodcyninga, hu a elingas fremedon. Oft Scyld Scefing reatum, in rym gefrunon, ellen sceaena

Beowulf Translation: An Excerpt 1. Which phrases/words are repeated in some of the translations? 2. Choose one phrase/word that is different in all three. Analyze it: a. What does each phrase mean? b. How are they different?

c. Why do you think they are different? d. Which phrase do you prefer and why? Beowulf Translation: An Excerpt 1. Is one translation right? 2. Is one better? 3. Is one more appealing?

Beowulf Language 1. alliteration: repetition of stressed sounds, particularly consonants from the beginning of words/syllables Beowulf Language 2. compounding kenning

Beowulf Language 2. compounding: combining of two words to make a new word Ex: Spear-Danes or life-sick kenning Beowulf Language 2. compounding: combining of two words to make a new word Ex: Spear-Danes or life-sick

kenning: metaphoric compounding Ex: bone-house whales road skys candle Beowulf Language 1. Identify examples of alliteration and compounding

in the first three lines and in Raffels translation. Characters/Names King Hrothgar (Halfdanes son): King of Spear-Danes (a certain tribe) Queen Welthow: married to Hrothgar Herot=King Hrothgars wealthy hall where his warriors gather to drink and feast Herot means hart

Grendel=demon Beowulf=warrior Tribe of Weather-Geats (living in what is Sweden today) Film Comparison: Herot & Beowulf How does the film portray Grendel? Describe the films interpretation of Herot

Hall. How does Beowulf compare to the text description? How is Beowulfs landing similar and different? How is Beowulfs speech different? How does the film portray Hrothgar? Finished with quiz? Pick up a Grendel Transformation

Assignment and read it. Writing 11.7.3.3 I can write creative texts in first person point of view with well-chosen textual details. Grendel Transformation Rewrite: POV Writing 11.7.3.3 I can write creative texts in first person point of

view with well-chosen textual details. With your group, brainstorm a list of emotions that Grendel and Beowulf feel in Sections 11 and 12. Section 11: (at least 2 emotions each) Section 12:

(at least 2 emotions each) Language Practice Learning Target Language 11.11.5.5 I can understand figurative language, word relationships, and alliteration in context. Language Practice

Learning Target Language 11.11.5.5 I can understand figurative language, word relationships, and alliteration in context. 1. With your group, identify any alliteration, compounding, or kennings in your section. Record the line numbers, too. 1. P. 17-18 2. P. 22-23

3. P. 24-25 4. P. 25-26 5. P. 27-28 6. P.28-29 7. P. 17-18 8. P. 27-28 Language Practice Learning Target Language 11.11.5.5 I can understand figurative language,

word relationships, and alliteration in context. With your group, answer the following: 1. What do the compounds or kennings mean? 2. What effect does alliteration have on the overall poem? (In other words, why did the scop use alliteration?)

Language Practice Learning Target Language 11.11.5.5 I can understand figurative language, word relationships, and alliteration in context. 1. On your note card, record one piece of figurative language and explain why its important. 2. Develop your own original

compound or kenning. Your Compound or Kenning Write your own compound or kenning. Ex: snow-filth Ex: crystal-stars Grendel Guide

I can cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support my inferences. Learning Target Reading 11.4.1.1 Grendel by John Gardner Write: 1. How has Gardner changed your perception of Grendel?

2. What is one aspect of Gardners re-telling that is done particularly well? 3. What surprised you about Gardners re- telling? Perspectives Write a few statements or a short conversation from the perspective of your

role about how you are feeling: At the beginning of Section 13. (How do you feel?) At the end of Section 20. (How do you feel?) Religion 1. Find three references to religion or religious ideas in any section. 2. Record the quotes.

3. Explain what the quotes (religious references) mean. Film Comparison: Grendels Mother How do you picture Grendels mother? Draw it. How does the film depict Grendels mother?

A Survey 1. Go to Ms. Vander Heidens website. 2. Click on, Gendered Words Survey under Unit 2: Beowulf. 3. Take the survey. Gender Lens Relationship between men and

women=unequal Traditionally, male dominated. Applying the gender lens means: Examining the portrayal of characters, both female and male Analyzing the language of the text and the attitude of the author Analyzing gender stereotypes and the relationship between the characters

Examining what the author seems to be saying about society as a whole. Section 24-26 1. Record at least three references to religion or religious ideas in these sections. Explain what the quotes (religious references)

mean. 2. What advice does Hrothgar give about wealth? Section 27-31 1. Record at least three instances where gender is mentioned in these sections. Apply the gender lens to the passages;

analyze the poets commentary on gender. Film Comparison: Dragon How is the movie plot different than the text? Describe the films dragon. Finished with the exam? 1. Choose a second topic from the bag.

Ex: wealth 2. Change the topic into a lesson learned or a message (i.e. a theme). Write it down. Ex: Dont hold on to your earthly possessions too tightly. 3. Support your theme with at least two specific examples (lines) from the text.

Write them down. 4. Look at the sample projects on Ms. VHs website (slideshow). 5. Work on your theme project. Themes: Practice 1. Choose a general topic from the bag. Ex: wealth 2. With your partner, change the topic into a lesson

learned or a message (i.e. a theme). Write it down. Ex: Dont hold on to your earthly possessions too tightly. 3. Support your theme with at least two specific examples (lines) from the text. Write them down. Finished with the timed essay? 1. Grab a Daily Work Log.

2. Record your goal and accomplishment from last Friday. 3. Take a quiet mental break for at least 3 minutes. 4. Plan your goal for our work day tomorrow. Goal 1. Write a goal for today. What will you

accomplish? 2. Explain what you accomplished today. Tweet Sample Dyou recall my dadEcgtheow? A most famous warrior (I know I take after him). Weve heard of your monster and weve come to help Hrothgar.

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