NO SCHOOL - LABOR DAY
Solve Anglo-Saxon riddles.
Create riddles using Anglo-Saxon literary devices.
The following is a riddle from the mythology of Ancient Greece called "The Riddle of the Sphinx." Try to solve it.
What creature walks on four legs in the morning, on two legs during the day, and on three legs at night?
Explain the three parts of the riddle.
1) Read and solve Anglo-Saxon riddles in groups.
2) In groups, create riddles based on the Anglo-Saxon examples.
3) Share riddles for the rest of the class to solve.
Take a test on Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon culture and values.
1) Review test procedures.
2) Take test.
3) If time remains, work on Biography Portfolio Project OR complete visual representation of opening scene of "The Battle with Grendel's Mother."
Because of student professionalism on this testing day, I granted one extra day to complete the chapter outlines for the Biography Portfolio Project. Students should bring in their biographies to work in class tomorrow.
Select top five student illustrations from the opening scene of "The Battle with Grendel's Mother."
Work on components of Biography Portfolio Project.
Begin reading log for "The Battle with Grendel's Mother."
Look at all the images of the opening scene of "The Battle with Grendel's Mother" that students created. Vote on your favorite five illustrations. The winning illustrations will be placed on the classroom wall beside the Anglo-Saxon riddles everyone created this week.
Work on one or more of the following in class today:
1) Chapter outlines for Biography Portfolio Project (DUE tomorrow)
2) Read "The Battle with Grendel's Mother" (British Literature, pp. 34-8), and begin a reading log for this section. Assigned Reading Focus = What are the trophies that Beowulf claims, and why does he choose those items specifically?
Analyze selections from "The Battle with Grendel's Mother" in group discussion.
Compare images of Grendel and Grendel's mother created by different artists.
Imagine what Grendel's mother's lair must look like. Write a description of how you imagine it to be.
1) In pairs, students read selections from "The Battle with Grendel's Mother" and answer questions in a group discussion.
2) Add information to the reading log for "The Battle with Grendel's Mother" during class discussion.
3) View and compare images of Grendel and Grendel's mother.
4) Journal Entry 9/9: Which of the images of Grendel's mother that you have seen best fits with how you imagined her? Explain.
HOMEWORK: Reading log for "The Battle with Grendel's Mother" DUE Monday 9/12.