We will complete this activity TOGETHER in class. It is no longer a HOMEWORK assignment.
Directions: Please visit the websites below and answer the questions that follow. All answers must appear in your own words. Do NOT simply cut/paste information directly from these websites! (i.e. paraphrase)
The British Library houses the ONLY SURVIVING copy of Beowulf. Read the information on their website about the manuscript and answer the questions that follow:
A. What is Beowulf about?
B. What is Old English?
C. How was the Beowulf manuscript damaged?
D. What are some of the illustrations from the surviving Beowulf manuscript?
E. When was Beowulf composed?
F. How old is the manuscript?
The people of Beowulf’s time period were known as the Anglo-Saxons. Read the information on the website above from the BBC. For each titled section, write down three interesting facts you learn about the life and times of the Anglo-Saxons.
A. The Norman Conquest: List three facts
B. Who were the Anglo-Saxons? List three facts
C. When did the Anglo-Saxons come to Britain? List three facts
D. How was Anglo-Saxon Britain ruled? List three facts
E. Who was Alfred the Great? List three facts
F. What was Anglo-Saxon art and culture like? List three facts
G. What did Anglo-Saxons believe? List three facts
H. What happened to the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings? List three facts
The Anglo-Saxons spoke English, but it was a form of English unrecognizable by today’s language. It is for this reason we refer to Anglo-Saxon English as “Old English.” Visit the site above to learn more about “Old English.”
1. What letters from the Runic alphabet look similar to our letters today?
2. Scroll down to view the excerpt from Beowulf in Old English. Are any words there recognizable to you as English?
3. Write down an interesting fact about Old English.
4. Go to YouTube and search for Beowulf being read in Old English… and take a listen!! This is where your language all started!!!! Can you understand any of it? Write down your reactions to how the language sounds.
The Battle with Grendel’s Mother
A word of caution, my young friends: It would behoove you to follow the directions. If you do, you will receive full credit. Here are the directions I gave you in class:
1. How does Grendel’s mother seek revenge for her son’s death?
2. True or False. Beowulf hesitates to answer Hrothgar’s challenge to kill Grendel’s mother.
3. Who says, “Let your sorrow end! It is better for us all/ To avenge our friends, not mourn them forever”?
4. Where is Grendel’s mother’s lair located?
5. True or False. Hrunting enables Beowulf’s victory over Grendel’s mother.
6. True or False. Beowulf’s armor protects him from being injured by Grendel’s mother.
7. How is Beowulf able to defeat Grendel’s mother?
8. What does Beowulf take back to Hrothgar as trophies? Name the two items.
9. When Beowulf refers to Grendel’s mother as “she-devil,” he is using what Anglo-Saxon literary device?
10. Who says, “This prince/ Of the Geats, Beowulf, was born a better/ Man! Your fame is everywhere, my friend,/ Reaches to the ends of the earth, and you hold it in your heart wisely,/ Patient with your strength and our weakness”?
Assignment: Please have the following questions completed before the next class period. For my A Day students, this work will be due on Friday, August 31st. For my B Day students, this work will be due on Tuesday, September 4th. Please remember: when you answer any question you must provide textual evidence in order for your answer to be correct.
Grendel Attacks the Danes, The Coming of Beowulf, and The Battle with Grendel
1. Who is Higlac?
2. Who is Hrothgar?
3. What has Grendel been doing to terrorize the Danes?
4. What is a mead hall?
5. True or False. Grendel is a descendant of Abel.
6. What does Unferth bring up about Beowulf’s past?
7. True or False. Beowulf fights Grendel with his bare hands.
8. How does Beowulf kill Grendel?
9. What does Beowulf do with Grendel’s arm?
10. How does Hrothgar reward Beowulf for defeating Grendel?
Hello friends! I have assigned you all a Beowulf Escape Room Challenge. Please use the following link to complete the assignment.
Also, keep in mind that this activity works better on a computer than on your phone. Lastly, there is a clue that requires you to view a Google Doc that may not open. I have posted that document below as well.
Characteristics of an Epic Hero
DIRECTIONS: Review the information about characteristics of an epic hero here. Place an X by the characteristics of an epic hero below to determine the code.
1 _____ The hero has supernatural abilities or qualities.
2 _____ The hero possesses a tragic flaw that eventually leads to his downfall.
8 _____ The hero reaches a low point: he nearly gives up on his quest or appears defeated by his enemy.
9 _____ The hero’s actions result in an increase of self-awareness and self-knowledge.
1 _____ The hero experiences a resurrection.
4 _____ The hero experiences a tragic death.
1 _____ The hero regains his “rightful place.”
3 _____ The hero is charged with a quest.
4 _____ The hero is tested, often to prove the worthiness of himself and his quest.
5 _____ The hero suffers a reversal of fortune brought about the hero’s tragic flaw.
6 _____ The hero receives help from mythical or supernatural beings.
7 _____ The hero’s travels take him to a supernatural world.
Below you will find the documents you need to complete the assigned work.
Directions for Notice and Note Nonfiction:
Directions for Bloom's Taxonomy:
Directions for Depth and Complexity Board:
If you are having trouble using Galileo, I found some helpful videos, but I cannot say they are the most interesting things to watch. It's worth it to watch them if you need some additional guidance.
I removed the attachment containing the steps you should follow when writing a research paper because we are creating that list in class. So far you should have the following steps:
Good evening friends! I want to clarify your Notice and Note Summer Reading Assignment. Yes, you are still going to read the same text, but I am uploading a different version. I hope this will aid you in completing the assignment in a more timely fashion. You are also to Notice and Note ONE signpost for every TWO chapters. You are welcome! All classes must have FIVE notice and note entries completed before they return to class. That means EVERYONE must have read up to chapter 11.
In the first lesson for Unit 1, we will focus on the following standards. We will learn about the standard, practice the standard, and then I will assess your growth and learning by administering pre/post- tests.
Learning about the Standard
Practicing with the Standards
Please watch the videos and explain how the video's contents relate to the signpost under which it is posted.
If this is a make-up assignment for you, then you need to use the format found in the PDF file directly below.
Contrasts and Contradictions: Tin Toy Video Clip
Words of the Wiser: Boundin
Aha Moment: Cooler Self
Again and Again: Destiny
Memory Moment: Time Travel Mater
Tough Questions: La Luna
Ms. Davis is my name and teaching English (along with several other superhuman powers) is my game. I love language and the power of words, and I hope some of my enthusiasm rubs off on you as well.