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.
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