Reflection: Staircase of Complexity The Fight with Grendel - Section 3: Hero Meets Monster


Reenactments of text are a great way for students to learn how to tackle poetic syntax. By focusing on the action of the play (verb) they begin to look at the lines syntactically and naturally included the adjectives and adverbs into their re-writes.  Quite often students realize that once they "untangle" the syntax of the poem, especially one like Beowulf the meaning is fairly clear and simple. 

  Understanding Poetic Syntax
  Staircase of Complexity: Understanding Poetic Syntax
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The Fight with Grendel

Unit 5: Beowulf
Lesson 6 of 12

Objective: SWBAT - understand the importance of kennings and alliteration when reading Old English and early Modern English poetry; understand the transformation of Beowulf's character from loyal guard to hero.

Big Idea: How does someone become a hero? How do heroes know which villains to fight? How do authors use sound techniques to make sense?

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English / Language Arts, epic poem, Beowulf, role-playing, alliteration, heroes, Kenning, Old English, Literary Analysis
  70 minutes
viking mead hall
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