Beowulf - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 10-12

English/Language Arts Credit: 1/4 Credit

Setting: 6th Century, Scandinavia

Genre: British Literature

Page Count: 60 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 9-10 weeks

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Beowulf is the seminal English and Anglo-Saxon literary epic. Set against a backdrop of religious transformation, this epic chronicles the remarkable feats of a heroic figure amidst the delicate balance between Christianity and ancient traditions in northern Europe.

Within the hallowed walls of Heorot, the majestic mead hall ruled by King Hrothgar, a malevolent monster named Grendel has wrought havoc and despair for a daunting span of twelve years. Witness the unfolding saga as Beowulf, the valiant hero of the Geats, ventures to the land of the Danes, intent on liberating them from the clutches of Grendel's relentless grasp. Armed with unparalleled courage and guided by divine intervention, Beowulf fearlessly confronts both Grendel and the wrathful vengeance of his formidable mother.
As Beowulf's illustrious reign as the king of the Geats nears its end, he faces his ultimate trial: a formidable dragon threatening the welfare of his people. Prepare to be captivated as Beowulf confronts this formidable foe, risking everything to ensure the survival of his people and secure his eternal legacy in the annals of history.

Progeny Press' Beowulf Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts Credit: Earn a one-quarter credit at the high school level with this comprehensive Literature curriculum.
Historical Background: Transport yourself to the captivating world of the 8th-10th century A.D., gaining invaluable insights into the historical context surrounding Beowulf.
Author Biography: Delve into the lives of both the Beowulf poet and the esteemed translator Seamus Heaney, unraveling the fascinating stories behind their contributions to this epic masterpiece.
Before-You-Read Activities: Prepare for an immersive reading experience through engaging pre-reading activities. Explore captivating topics such as mapping, manuscripts, Old English language, the evocative power of music, and the tales of inspiring folk heroes.
Vocabulary Enrichment: Master the words encountered throughout the novel with a range of stimulating activities designed to enhance retention and foster vocabulary growth.
Literary Techniques: Uncover the artistic techniques employed in Beowulf through an in-depth exploration. Analyze the impact of Old English Poetic Forms, including alliteration, kenning, and maxims. Delve into characterization, the captivating art of the Anglo-Saxon boast, foreshadowing, irony, allusion, compare/contrast, tone, synonym usage, dramatic structure, plot development, and the embodiment of the heroic figure.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Discover the profound moral lessons and character values interwoven within the narrative. Reflect on the significance of good kingship and leadership, the role of authority, the enigmatic forces of fate, the art of boasting, the allure of fame and immortality, the contemplation of death, the complexities of revenge, the importance of caring for the needy, the prioritization of faith, and the multifaceted nature of wealth.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Engage in a diverse range of activities and writing assignments that bring the epic to life. Explore burial mounds and majestic mead halls, unleash your creativity through art projects, craft your own boastful speeches, participate in dramatic performances, challenge your mind with crossword puzzles, delve into reflective essays and poetry, explore the musical elements, embark on culinary adventures, uncover the stories behind family heirlooms, unravel the symbolism of swords, seek hidden words in stimulating word searches, decode ancient runes, investigate the captivating world of dragons, hone your journalistic skills, uncover the remarkable women of Anglo-Saxon history, unleash your imagination with game design, explore the architectural influences of the time, and even try your hand at creating chain mail.
Suggestions for Further Reading: Expand your literary horizons with a carefully curated reading list. Delve into other captivating books that either complement or bear similarities to Beowulf, allowing for a deeper exploration of the themes and concepts conveyed in this epic masterpiece.

All of Progeny Press' PDF download unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

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Extra Information

Progeny Press
Recommended Grade Level:
6th Century Scandinavia
Ancient Literature, British Literature, Historical Literature
Study Guide Page Count:
82 pages
Study Guide Author:
Michael Poteet
For the Book By:
Translation by Seamus Heaney

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    2 Reviews

  • Posted by Leah on 24th Jan 2020


    Beowulf Study Guide

    This was a thorough and useful resource for our book club on Beowulf. We didn't use the biblical activities, as it was a secular crowd, and there was still plenty of material to work with.

  • Posted by Unknown on 1st Feb 2019


    Beowulf Study Guide

    This study guide is well written and organized, and the answer key is comprehensive. We skipped the biblical ties, and still found it to be very useful. My one reason for rating a 4 instead of a 5 is the vocabulary-- there are often times when the words chosen are fairly common, yet the reading contains archaic or unusual words that weren't in the vocab list. "Tern-hag", for example, with "tern" meaning a mountain lake. "Keshes" was another example. I would suggest having a section that defines these archaic words in addition to the vocab exercises.