Beowulf survives in a single manuscript dated on paleographical grounds to the late tenth or early eleventh century. Provenance The earliest known owner of the Beowulf manuscript is the 16th-century scholar Laurence Nowellafter whom the manuscript is named, though its official designation is British LibraryCotton Vitellius A. Since then, parts of the manuscript have crumbled along with many of the letters. Rebinding efforts, though saving the manuscript from much degeneration, have nonetheless covered up other letters of the poem, causing further loss.
At the bell, I briefly explain each station, although I have put directions at each station. Blood Feuds in Beowulf and Beyond: I tell students that they will explore the top 15 blood feuds in our nation's history and draw parallels to Beowulf.
Students read lines from the epic and create a T chart that identifies the diction referring to pagan ideas on one side and those referring to Christian ideas on the other. This is a Newsweek article excerpt that lists some legacies from British Imperialism.
Students discuss and respond to the question the article poses in a short paragraph. The Case of the First Three Lines: Students determine which translation they prefer and explain why. Additionally, they compare and contrast the various ways three translators translate various phrasing from the epic.
Students complete graphic organizers for each of the activities. On one side of the paper is Old English, but before looking on the back for the English equivalent, students "translate" the Old English based on their "educated guesses"!
That is the Question: This is a grammar exercise not directly connected to Beowulf, but it is important that students understand grammar for both reading and writing purposes.
Students review alliteration by identifying alliteration in W. Auden's poem "The Age of Anxiety. From the Purdue Online Writing Laboratory, students read about appositives and appositive phrases and complete a short exercise.
The exercise is important to Beowulf because the epic is written in appositional style, meaning it is full of appositives and appositive phrases. Good Night, Brave Beowulf: Eulogizing a Fallen Hero: It's only fitting that we end our journey through the stations with the final tribute to Beowulf as students learn about the eulogy, lamenting, and elegies.
The automatic slide presentation here shows both students working together and some of their work during the activity: Following this section is a detailed section about each of the stops listed above. Within each section teachers will find" A detailed explanation of each stop.
Resources for each stop. Student examples and and images. This is a very flexible lesson! Because the document is long, I made only one copy for students to share, which worked just fine.
I did make enough copies of the instructions for students to each have a copy when the station was full.
Pagan 12 minutes I have used the Christian vs. Pagan activity as a stand-alone lesson. This time I included it in the station rotation and advised students that the concept would be on the traditional assessment.
Beowulf Christian or Pagan. Pagan Students Discussing Christian vs. Did Britain Wreck the World. Students, however, tended to think they could only base their response on the document I provided.
They gave me a "deer in the headlight" look. I suggested that they think about the British Invasion.Beowulf Beowulf was written by a Anglo-Saxon Scop, or storyteller, and tells a story about a hero, Beowulf, who comes to help the Danes fight the dreaded Grendal.
Beowulf is a classic epic hero and is honored by being passed down in the story. now called Anglo-Saxon civilization. The people of the Anglo-Saxon period spoke a language known as Old English, the language in which Beowulf was composed. Old English bears little resemblance to Modern English and so must be translated for readers today.
By the time Beowulf was written, the Anglo-Saxons had also converted to Christianity. Introduction to Anglo-Saxon Culture.
Culture - Language, social habits, values, hierarchies, religion, beliefs, art, and music Lived during MEDIEVAL PERIOD; to AD Major surviving literary works: Beowulf ( AD) and The Exeter Book ( AD).
Apr 21, · Beowulf was written in England, but is set in Scandinavia. It has variously been dated to between the 8th and the early 11th centuries. It is an epic poem told in historical perspective; a story of epic events and of great people of a heroic past.
The hero of an epic poem, such as Beowulf, normally embodies the ideals of conduct that are most valued by the culture in which the epic was composed.
Write an essay in which you show how Beowulf embodies the ideals of conduct in the Anglo-Saxon culture. Translating Beowulf is one of the subjects of the publication Beowulf at Kalamazoo, containing a section with 10 essays on translation, and a section with 22 reviews of Heaney's translation (some of which comparing Heaney's with that by Anglo-Saxon scholar Roy Liuzza).