BeowulfBattlesGrendelLesson1 What Can We Learn From a Culture's Heroes&Villains

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  Beowulf Battles Grendel  (part 1) Beowulf Lesson Critical thinking Question  (10 minutes) Warm-up : What character traits has Beowulf shown so far that were valued by Anglo-Saxons as a society? Do modern American’s value those same traits ? (5 minutes) (15 elapsed) Objective:  Know: Students will be able to explain how a culture's her  oes and villains represent the culture’s  values and fears. Do: Students will actively read The Battle with Grendel from Beowulf. Students will identify and analyze quotations characterizing Beowulf or Grendel and compare them to modern heroes and villains. Students will evaluate whether or not modern audiences would view the characters in the same way as the srcinal Anglo-Saxon listeners. (5 minutes) (20 elapsed) In Class reading: Students will listen as teacher reads “The Battle with Grendel” aloud, pausing intermittently for students to take four Active Reading notes. (~30 minutes) (50 elapsed) Activity:  Students will complete graphic organizer with quotes and characteristics from  Beowulf   . (15 minutes) (65 elapsed) Students will tape their graphic organizers to the wall under the appropriate character name and Students will split into groups of 5-8 to discuss the following questions: 1.   What are the characteristics of a Hero or a Villain? 2.   How do Beowulf or Grendel display those characteristics? 3.   Based on those characteristics, what did Anglo-Saxon society value or fear? (~10 minutes) (75 elapsed) Closure : Based on the the characteristics you discussed in your groups, Do you think: 1.   Beowulf would still be considered a hero in modern society? 2.   Grendel would still be considered a villain in modern society? (5 minutes)(80 elapsed)   Grendel as a villain Quotation Interpretation Modern Connection “And his heart laughed, he relished the sight,/ Intended to tear the life from those bodies/ By morning; the monster’s mind was hot/ With the thought of food and the feasting his belly/ Would soon know.” (ln. 4 12-416) Grendel as a villain Quotation Interpretation   Modern Connection “Grendel’s one thought was to run/ from Beowulf, flee back to his marsh and hide there/… The infamous killer fought/ For his freedom, wanting no flesh but retreat,/ desiring nothing but escape…” (ln. 437-446)   Grendel   as a villain Quotation Interpretation Modern Connection “... Their points/ could not hurt him, he sharpest points and hardest iron/ Could not scratch his skin, for that sin-stained demon/ Had bewitched all men’s weapons, laid spells/ That blunted every mortal’s  blade.” (ln. 481 -485) Grendel as a villain Quotation Interpretation Modern Connection Grendel is like Loki because he is cowardly.   Grendel as a villain Quotation Interpretation Modern Connection Grendel is like Hannibal Lechter because he eats  people. Grendel as a villain Quotation Interpretation Modern Connection Grendel is like Maleficent  because he is vengeful.


Jul 23, 2017


Jul 23, 2017
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