Beowulf - Study 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 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.

Progeny Press Beowulf English/Language Arts curriculum will provide your High School grade student with:

English/Language Arts credit: This is a one-quarter credit high school level Literature curriculum.
Historical Background: 8th-10th century A.D.
Author Biography: Learn about the Beowulf poet and the translator Seamus Heaney.
Before-You-Read Activities: Mapping, manuscripts, Old English, music, folk heroes.
Vocabulary: Understand 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 Progeny Press' Language Arts unit lessons are written from a Christian worldview!

Features and Benefits of a Progeny Press ELA study guide

Printed Workbook Format

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  • Every question in our novel unit study has plenty of whitespace for high school level student’s answers
  • Encourages neat and clean handwriting practice
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  • Provides a permanent record of the student’s work
  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

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    • Print the whole ELA PDF guide at once
    • Print single literature lessons or pages as the student completes them
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  • PDF format makes it easy to use with multiple students
  • Complete answer key PDF file included for the teacher!

Formatted with your High School grade student in mind, Progeny Press language arts study guides divide the book into writing assignments and lessons that strengthen their reading comprehension, vocabulary, and refines their critical analysis and writing skills. Each Progeny Press novel study accomplishes all of this without busy work that can drain the fun out of reading and literature! Kids have loved using Progeny Press ELA curriculum in homeschool, co-ops, and private schools around the world for over 30 years!

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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
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.