Piani di Lezione di Beowulf | Temi Beowulf | Sommario di Beowulf

Inspire and engage your students during a unit on Epic Narratives and Beowulf by bringing the story to life. These activities will help your students grasp the plot of Beowulf in no time! Written somewhere around 1000BCE, the epic poem is set in Scandinavia and has been the inspiration for many stories and movies in modern day. Many students may already be familiar with the story, or at the very least have encountered allusions to Beowulf and his exploits in other media.

Attività degli studenti per Beowulf

Beowulf Summary

In the lands of the Danes (modern-day Denmark), a terrible beast, Grendel, plagued the kingdom of Hrothgar and his people. The Danes suffer for many years until a young, Geatish warrior named Beowulf takes on the challenge of defeating Grendel. He sails with his men to Heorot, and is thrown a great feast on his arrival.

Although many are joyous at his arrival, one jealous Dane denounces Beowulf and his reputation, at which point Beowulf boasts about his accomplishments, his victories, and gives descriptions of stories from the war.

After the celebration, Grendel arrives and Beowulf fights him barehanded. When others try to aid him, they find their swords cannot harm the creature. Beowulf defeats Grendel by tearing his arm off and hangs it as a trophy in the great hall of Heorot for all to see.

The mortally wounded Grendel has retreated to the marshes to die. His mother, a swamp hag, is now enraged. She kills Hrothgar’s most loyal warrior before returning to her lair.

Beowulf, Hrothgar, and their men, track Grendel’s mother, and Beowulf swims into the hag's underwater lair alone. Grendel’s mother appears to be winning against the Geat, but he stabs her with a sword found in the lair. Before leaving, he finds Grendel’s body at the bottom of the swamp and cuts off his head as a trophy for the king.

Years later, our hero ascends to the throne of his homeland where he rules wisely for over 50 years. When a would-be thief disturbs a dragon, it threatens his land. Knowing he has lived a full life and seeing his death before him, Beowulf charges into the action and defeats the dragon, but not before being bitten in the neck. The dragon’s venom kills him, and according to legend, his body is burned on a great funeral pyre, and a burial mound is built for him overlooking the sea.

Essential Questions for Beowulf

  1. What makes a hero?
  2. What is a legend and why are they important?
  3. How has the concept of a hero changed over decades? Over centuries?
  4. How does an epic differ from other works of literature?

Other Beowulf Activity Ideas

  1. Tell the story from another character's point of view.
  2. Create a modern adaptation of the story.
  3. Have students investigate the many allusions made to Beowulf in other works of literature they've read.
  4. Add a presentation to any storyboard project.

Come Incoraggiare la Scrittura di Poesie


Presenta Opere Letterarie

Gli insegnanti possono presentare le poesie come una forma di lavoro letterario in cui gli scrittori possono mettere i loro sentimenti in versi interessanti e giocare con le parole e la formazione delle frasi. Se gli insegnanti possono introdurre il concetto in modo interessante, attirerebbe l'attenzione degli studenti.


Consiglia Pezzi Interessanti

Gli insegnanti possono consigliare diverse poesie agli studenti in base ai loro interessi. Molti studenti sono interessati alle poesie che possono raccontare storie epiche.


Tenere Discussioni

Organizza discussioni settimanali su diverse poesie. Poiché le poesie non hanno molto contesto testuale, gli studenti possono tenere discussioni interessanti e aggiungere prospettive diverse in base ai loro processi di pensiero.


Organizza un Concorso di Scrittura di Poesie

Chiedi agli studenti di scrivere una poesia su qualsiasi tipo di argomento desiderino. Possono trarre ispirazione dallo stile di scrittura dei loro poeti preferiti. Alla fine, lo studente con la migliore poesia vincerà un incentivo o una ricompensa.


Invita Poeti Ospiti

Se possibile, gli insegnanti possono organizzare la visita di qualsiasi poeta ospite. Gli studenti possono conoscere il loro viaggio e trarre ispirazione.

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