Beowulf - Study Guide

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Beowulf is the first great English, Anglo-Saxon, literary epic, chronicling a hero's exploits as northern European clans teeter between Christianity and the old religions.

A monster, Grendel, has descended on Heorot, mead hall of King Hrothgar, bringing death and chaos for 12 years.

Beowulf, hero of the Geats, travels to the land of the Danes to free them from Grendel's grasp. With boldness and God's help, Beowulf defeats Grendel and Grendel's mother when she comes seeking vengeance.

Finally, at the end of a long reign as king of the Geats, Beowulf faces a dragon to save his people and burn his name into the pages of history.

Through Seamus Heaney's gripping translation of this epic, Beowulf, students will learn:

Historical Background: 8th-10th century A.D.

Author Biography: Learn about the Beowulf poet.

Before-You-Read Activities: Mapping, manuscripts, Old English, music, folk heroes.

Vocabulary words used throughout the novel, utilizing a variety of activities to stimulate retention and growth.

Literary Techniques: In context, Old English Poetic Forms - (alliteration, kenning, maxims), characterization, Anglo-Saxon boast, foreshadowing, irony, allusion, compare/contrast, tone, synonym, dramatic structure, plot, hero.

Moral Lessons and Character Values: Good kings/leaders, authority, fate, boasting, fame, immortality, death, revenge, care for the needy, put God first, wealth. 

Activities and Writing Assignments: Burial mounds, mead halls, art, write a boast, drama, crossword, essays, poetry, music, cooking, family heirloom, swords, wordsearch, runes, dragons, journalism, women in Anglo-Saxon history, game design, architecture, chain mail. 

Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Beowulf

All of the unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of the study guide

 Printed Workbook Format

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  • Every question has plenty of whitespace for student’s answers
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  • Convenient, removable answer key included for the teacher!

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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
Workbook ISBN:
Special Note::
We strongly suggest you purchase the Beowulf translation we carry, as this study guide is specifically designed for the translation by Seamus Heaney. Other translations may differ and make the use of the study guide difficult.