Language Objective: I will make comments, connections, and ask questions about Beowulf and compare and contrast the qualities of a monster with those of a hero in the poem.
1. Writing prompt: What is your definition of a hero? Who is a hero in your life? What qualities do they have to make them a hero?
Write for 10 minutes. Be specific.
3. Beowulf Introduction and Summary
4. Read Beowulf: Part One - The Monster Grendel in the Holt Textbook, p. 23- top of p. 27.
5. As you read, take the following notes in your Cornell Notes. For each page read:
- Make one connection (text-to-self, text-to-text or text-to-world)
- Write down one line that contain details important for the text
- Ask one higher level question (this she be deeper than just "what does this mean?")
6. In your group, divide up the text (1-2 pages per group member) and write down all the words you find that describe the monster Grendel and the hero, Beowulf.
After going over your section, share your findings with the rest of the group so they can add this to their notes.
On the Questions side (left side) of your notes, title this section: heroic/monstrous qualities; make sure to clearly distinguish the qualities of the monster Grendel from those of Beowulf in your notes.
7. Answer the following questions (add the question into the left side of your notes):
- Epic heroes embody the values of the societies that create them. What values can you identify in lines 1-19?
- Epic heroes perform great deeds. What do you think Beowulf's great deed will be? How do you know this?
- How are Grendel and Beowulf polar opposites? How do they need each other to exist? (Think back on what you learned about polarities last period.)
8. Summary: Compare this section of Beowulf to your writing prompt on heroism. What are similarities between your definition of a hero and the way the hero is presented in Beowulf? What are the differences?