Reflection: Real World Applications A Dragon Awakens - Section 2: Heroes & Dragons


I feel that at this point in our study of Beowulf students "get it". They understand the changes Beowulf goes through to become his peoples' hero and how culture determines who is a hero and what is heroic. What they still seem to struggle with is why we still read this epic poem a thousand years after it was written down, and I think this is the deep objective of the lesson. Acocella's article makes relevant points as to the influence Beowulf had on one of the most beloved authors of the twentieth century and how the lessons of Beowulf resonate through other literature but in different ways. 

Additionally students need to start thinking about the evolution of form, and how similar ideas take different forms at different ages of literature. The oral tradition is as much a product of it's time as kennings and alliteration. And the feel and sound of Beowulf transports reader to a different time, a different mindset, one of myth and magic. Helping students see how form evolves can help them better understand how to read the different forms they encounter.

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A Dragon Awakens

Unit 5: Beowulf
Lesson 11 of 12

Objective: SWBAT read critically, identifying the influence Beowulf has had on the literary canon.

Big Idea: Why do we read Beowulf? What else has Beowulf inspired?

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English / Language Arts, epic poem, alliteration, heroes, Kenning, Old English, Literary Analysis
  70 minutes
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