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dressing as the characters and performing the scene for theclass. Some suggested scenes include Grendel’s first attack (27-29), the battle between Beowulf and Grendel (46-48), theattack of Grendel’s mother (63-64), Beowulf’s battle with Grendel’s mother (70-71), the battle with the dragon (102-109), or Beowulf’s funeral (119-120).12.Found Poem — Create a poem from words that appear in the text. The poem should somehow demonstrate a theme from Beowulf.13.Write a eulogy for Beowulf.CRITICAL WRITING PROJECTS1.Write an essay in which you compare and contrast Beowulf with other epics you have read.2.Write an essay in which you analyze Beowulf as an epic hero. 3.Write an essay in which you analyze the code of loyalty described in Beowulf.4.Write an essay describing the importance of reputation to the characters in Beowulf, using examples from the text.5.Write an essay in which you analyze the importance of one of Beowulf’s symbols—Herot, Grendel (especially his claw andhead), the lair of Grendel and his mother, or the dragon’s hoard.6.Read John Gardner’s book Grendel. Write an essay comparing and contrasting Beowulf with Grendel.7.Read J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Write an essay discussing the role of treasure, magic, and/or the dragon in both Beowulfand The Hobbit.RESEARCH PROJECTS1.Research the Sutton Hoo archaeological dig in England.2.Research everyday life in Anglo-Saxon England.3.Research the role of the king in Anglo-Saxon history. Suggested topics include King Cnut, King Harold and the NormanConquest, and Alfred the Great.4.Research Anglo-Saxon living history/re-enactment groups such as Anglecynn (), RegiaAnglorum (), and the Society for Creative Anachronism (). A Teacher’s Guide to the Signet Classic Edition of Beowulf10
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B I B L I O G R A P H YBaker, Peter S. Beowulf Reader: Basic Readings. New York: Garland Publishing, 2000.Anthology of Beowulf scholarship over the past 25 years.Bessinger, Jess B. and Robert F. Yeager, eds. Approaches to Teaching Beowulf. New York: Modern Language Association ofAmerica, 1984.Suggestions for teaching Beowulf to college students. Adaptable for high school instructors.Bjork, Robert E. and John D. Niles, eds. A Beowulf Handbook. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 1997.A comprehensive guide to the critical history of Beowulf.Chase, Colin. The Dating of Beowulf. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1981.Examines various evidence for the more accurate dating of Beowulf.Earl, James W. Thinking about Beowulf. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1994.An exploration of the literary originality of Beowulf. Gardner, John. Grendel. New York: Vintage Books, 1971.Read the story from the monster’s point of view. Excellent for students to compare/contrast differing points ofview.Thompson, Stephen P. Readings on Beowulf. San Diego: Greenhaven Press, 1998.Beowulf criticism divided into three sections: “Social and Cultural Context,” “The Heroic Character,” and“Thematic and Structural Issues.” Accessible to students.Trevor Eaton Reads Beowulf. Trevor Eaton. CD. Pearl, 1997.

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