An Introduction to Beowulf: Language and Poetics
This is a great introductory lesson plan for Beowulf. Good lesson plan with printables and additional websites.
- CLE 3005.8.1
- Demonstrate knowledge of significant works of British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present and make relevant comparisons.
- CLE 3005.8.2
- Understand the characteristics of various literary genres (e.g., poetry, novel, biography, short story, essay, drama).
- CLE 3005.8.4
- Analyze works of British literature for what is suggested about the historical period in which they were written.
- CLE 3005.8.5
- Know and use appropriate literary terms to derive meaning and comprehension from various literary genres.
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- be introduced to Old English, the language of Beowulf.
- know the relationship between Old English and Modern English.
- learn about alliteration and alliterative verse.
- understand kennings, a poetic device common to Old English poetry, and how they are used in Beowulf.
Blooms taxonomy level:
- Formulas: Review the formula section of the Beowulf: Language and Poetics Quick Reference Sheet and The Electronic Introduction to Old English section on formulas (14.3) and have students look for formulas as they read Beowulf.
- Variation: Review the variation section of the Beowulf: Language and Poetics Quick Reference Sheet and The Electronic Introduction to Old English section on variation (14.2) and have students look for variation as they read Beowulf.
- Follow this lesson with the ReadWriteThink lesson, Reading Literature in Translation: Beowulf as a Case Study.
- Beowulf: Language and Poetics Quick Reference Sheet
- Old English Beowulf Passage Handout
- Modern English Beowulf Passage Handout
- Excerpt from “The Age of Anxiety" by W.H. Auden