Old English Vocabulary in Beowulf

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Beowulf Vocabulary

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When reading a story like Beowulf, students will come across unfamiliar words, some of which are no longer commonly used if at all. Many students struggle with these odd expressions. A great way to help students out and engage them with these new words is to have them create vocabulary boards that use Old English vocabulary. However, getting students to use them in context before reading is an excellent way to cultivate the comprehension of vocabulary. You can provide students with a list of words, or if students create them while they read, they can select their own words to investigate!


  • Mead Hall - A large building with a single room constructed for lords to hold feasts in.
  • Kennings - Poetic phrases consisting of compound metaphors.
  • Scop - Anglo-Saxon minstrel who tells the story.

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Create a visual vocabulary board for Beowulf.


  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Identify three words used in the text.
  3. Define and illustrate each word.
  4. Save and submit your storyboard.
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