Beowulf: Who is the hero? Who is the monster?

Beowulf: Who is the hero? Who is the monster?

Author: Tara Neely

Students will study the literature, history, and language associated with Beowulf. Students should follow the order of assignments and directions below as a means to supplement the class discussion and their reading, 

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Unit Vocabulary

Students must define and learn the meaning to the following vocabulary words for this unit. Please place these terms into your IN notebook, define, and complete a vocabulary graphic organizer (GO). 

Finding the Monster Vocabulary

  1. protagonist
  2. antagonist
  3. rhythm
  4. motif
  5. kenning
  6. wergeld 
  7. caesura
  8. anaphora
  9. anecdote
  10. foil
  11. hyperbole
  12. in medias res
  13. parallelism
  14. alliteration
  15. symbol/symbolism
  16. romanticism
  17. gothic
  18. wyrd
  19. wyrm
  20. boast


Source: AP Terms List and mrs.tara.neely

Who? What? Where? When?.....Say What?

As we begin the Beowulf unit, we must understand the time frame the time frame in which our story is set. So it is important that you review and take notes from background PowerPoint and prepare for a possible pop quiz on the information it contains. 

Heroes and Gods History Channel Beowulf Background

Please watch and take note of the information given about the culture and the story of Beowulf.

Source: History Channel

What Makes a Hero

Please watch and take note of the stages and steps used in creating a hero.

Source: Matthew Winker

Old English Language and Culture

Please read and take interactive notes in your IN notebook.

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A Short History of the English Language Video

A short (but informative) video on the history of the English language. Please view and take interactive notes in your IN notebook.

Source: The Open University


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The Epic

What is an epic?
What are the parts/characteristics of an epic?
What other popular epic have you read?

Print the handout and annotate it or place the information in you IN notebook for reference.

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Beowulf: Boast

During reading of Beowulf, we will encounter the Anglo-Saxon boast. The boast is, as we will read, a way to introduce one's self to a group. In doing so you would share your success and prove your wyrd.

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Source: From Peter Bobbe at Mountain Heritage High School in Burnsville, NC.