Reflection: Lesson Planning "And Little I've Heard of Such Vailant Deeds" Beowulf Boasting - Section 3: Tossing Boasts


There's something incongruent about teaching texts that are grounded in the oral tradition. Beowulf, The Odyssey, The Iliad, and Native American Creation stories are among oral texts we teachers typically teach through reading a written text. While we do want students to read the epics and narratives, it behooves us to support the oral origins of these works any way we can. Using performance tasks that reinforce comprehension through oral interpretation is one way we can bridge the oral tradition to 21st century literacies. 

  Supporting the Oral Tradition Through Teaching Methodology
  Lesson Planning: Supporting the Oral Tradition Through Teaching Methodology
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"And Little I've Heard of Such Vailant Deeds" Beowulf Boasting

Unit 6: We Need a Hero: The Anglo-Saxon Epic "Beowulf"
Lesson 3 of 7

Objective: SWBAT compose a boast using the techniques of Anglo-Saxon epic poetry.

Big Idea: Understanding Anglo-Saxon boasting increases when students replicate the technique.

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