ELEMENTARY ~ Book Report Forms

BOOK REPORTS Book reports are an important tool to help teach students how to narrow down the details of the literature they read and effectively summarize the characters and main events.  When students use a book report form in a "pre-essay" format, it begins to build the student's concept of essay writing for the future.  … Continue reading ELEMENTARY ~ Book Report Forms



Beowulf Essay Responses: Write a short essay discussing how the character, Beowulf, illustrates the three parts of the Old English heroic ideal. (Begin by introducing the three parts of the heroic ideal.)  Be sure to discuss the reciprocal relationship implied by comitatus and how Beowulf illustrated this both as warrior to Hrothgar, and as King of the Geats to his own warriors. (See Lecture Notes and Literature in … Continue reading BEOWULF ESSAY


beowulf-part-ii Beowulf: Part II Unferth’s Taunt Unferth spoke, Ecglaf’s son,      220 Who sat at Hrothgar’s feet, spoke harshly And sharp (vexed by Beowulf’s adventure, By their visitor’s courage, and angry that anyone In Denmark or anywhere on earth had ever Acquired glory and fame greater      225 Than his own): Jealous Unferth tells of a youthful … Continue reading BEOWULF ~PART II TEXT


beowulf-part-i FROM Beowulf: Part I Translated by BURTON RAFFEL The Coming of Grendel Hrothgar builds a great mead-hall for his warriors. Then Hrothgar, taking the throne, led The Danes to such glory that comrades and kinsmen Swore by his sword, and young men swelled His armies, and he thought of greatness and resolved To build … Continue reading BEOWULF ~ PART I TEXT

BEOWULF: Introduction

Introduction to Beowulf English literature begins with Beowulf. It is England’s heroic epic, a proper beginning for a national literature, but it belongs to everyone because it is profoundly human. The poem shapes and interprets materials connected with the tribes from northern Europe, the Angles, Saxons, and Jutes, who invaded England after the Romans left … Continue reading BEOWULF: Introduction

The Hero in Quest Literature

The Characters (in the Quest Motif) THE HERO -- ROMANTIC, IRONIC, TRAGIC In stories of "the quest,” heroes are on the brink of a great change. Some heroes are desperately unhappy and experience their lives as a stultifying world, one that, in its very orderliness and familiarity, comes to seem sterile and confining: a kind … Continue reading The Hero in Quest Literature

Essay: The Journey

The Journey Essay  READ: "Song of Myself" by Walt Whitman REFLECT: What about Thoreau’s journey into the woods at Walden Pond to “live deliberately”? Or Walt Whitman’s “perpetual journey” in his Song of Myself? Let’s take a look... From Walden, Chapter Two: “Where I Lived and What I Lived For” Henry David Thoreau [16]    I … Continue reading Essay: The Journey

The Writing Process: Pre-Writing

In these Lessons, you will learn: To recognize prewriting as the first step in the writing process and to identify a variety of prewriting techniques. To recognize drafting as a step in the writing process and to become familiar with the steps in preparing a draft. To identify and use the traits of effective writing. … Continue reading The Writing Process: Pre-Writing