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: Our Christian ELA study qualifies for one-quarter credit at the high school level.
Historical Background: Travel through time to the captivating world of the 8th-10th century A.D., gaining insights into the historical context surrounding Beowulf.
Author Biography: Examine the lives of both the Beowulf poet and the talented translator Seamus Heaney, looking into their masterful collaboration on this epic masterpiece.
Before-You-Read Activities: Prepare for a rewarding language arts engaging pre-reading activities. Explore captivating topics such as mapping, manuscripts, Old English language, the  power of music, and the tales of inspiring folk heroes.
Vocabulary Enrichment: become a master of vocabulary with diverse activities designed to increase retention and foster vocabulary growth.
Literary Techniques: Analyze the literary techniques employed in Beowulf through an in-depth study. Reflect on the impact of Old English Poetic Forms, including alliteration, kenning, and maxims. Discuss 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 moral lessons and character values interwoven within the epic saga. Reflect on the significance of good kingship and leadership, the role of authority, the mysterious 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 and greed.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Go beyond the pages of the book with 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, meditate through reflective essays and poetry, explore the musical elements, embark on culinary adventures, uncover the stories behind family heirlooms, unravel the symbolism of swords, challenge yourself with 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' 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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  • Complete, removable answer key included for the teacher to make grading simple!

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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.