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Beowulf by Unknown

Pixton Lesson Plan on Beowulf by Unknown

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout type.

  • Storyboard

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Pixton Lesson Plan on Beowulf by Unknown
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings epic poetry to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Beowulf by Unknown

Main Characters

Beowulf by Unknown

When you import any of the activities below, you can choose to share these ready-made characters with your students.

  • Beowulf from Beowulf by Unknown
    Beowulf

    The protagonist, a hero who defeats Grendel and his mother

  • King Hrothgar from Beowulf by Unknown
    King Hrothgar

    The king of the Danes

  • Grendel from Beowulf by Unknown
    Grendel

    A demon who preys on Hrothgar’s people

  • Grendel’s mother from Beowulf by Unknown
    Grendel’s mother

    A swamp-hag who seeks to avenge her son’s death

  • The dragon from Beowulf by Unknown
    The dragon

    A powerful serpent that guards a treasure in a hidden mound

  • Shield Sheafson from Beowulf by Unknown
    Shield Sheafson

    The Danish king from whom Hrothgar is descended

  • Beow from Beowulf by Unknown
    Beow

    The son of Shield Sheafson and father of Halfdane

  • Halfdane from Beowulf by Unknown
    Halfdane

    The father of Hrothgar

  • Wealhtheow from Beowulf by Unknown
    Wealhtheow

    Hrothgar’s wife and queen

  • Unferth from Beowulf by Unknown
    Unferth

    A Danish warrior who is jealous of Beowulf

  • Hrethric from Beowulf by Unknown
    Hrethric

    Hrothgar’s elder son

  • Hrothmund from Beowulf by Unknown
    Hrothmund

    Hrothgar’s second son

  • Hrothulf from Beowulf by Unknown
    Hrothulf

    Hrothgar’s nephew

  • Hygelac from Beowulf by Unknown
    Hygelac

    Beowulf’s uncle and king of the Geats

  • Hygd from Beowulf by Unknown
    Hygd

    Hygelac’s wife and queen of the Geats

  • Wiglaf from Beowulf by Unknown
    Wiglaf

    Help Beowulf fight the dragon while all of the other warriors run away

  • Ecgtheow from Beowulf by Unknown
    Ecgtheow

    Beowulf’s father

  • King Hrethel from Beowulf by Unknown
    King Hrethel

    The Geatish king who took Beowulf in as a ward after the death his father

  • Breca from Beowulf by Unknown
    Breca

    Beowulf’s childhood friend

Featured Props

Beowulf by Unknown

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  • Castle
    Castle
  • Cave
    Cave
  • Mountains
    Mountains
  • Paper
    Paper
  • Shield
    Shield
  • Ship
    Ship
  • Sword
    Sword
  • Throne
    Throne
  • Torch
    Torch
  • Water
    Water
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Teacher Guide

Beowulf by Unknown

Step 1Class discussion with students
  • Have students research the idea of comitatus. How did it work and what was its importance in the time period (500 A.D.)?

  • Ask students to think about and discuss the following questions: What qualities do you believe a good leader should possess? Discuss leadership in our society. Name some modern leaders. What are the characteristics of these leaders? What do we admire about them?

  • Have students write a journal entry on what it means to be generous and an example of them experiencing generosity in their lives.
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Comic
    Character Sketch

    Begin at the start of the unit and make additions throughout.

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  • Make a Comic
    Major Themes

    Complete at the end of the poem.

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  • Make a Storyboard
    Types of Conflict

    Complete at the end of the poem.

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Step 3Concluding discussion with students
  • Identify and discuss the Christian influences on this poem.

  • Is Beowulf a true hero? Justify your answer.

  • What attitudes and actions led to the downfall of Beowulf? Support your opinion with examples.
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Pixton Activity: Beowulf 1 Character Sketch

Intro

Understanding characterization is an important skill that will help reinforce key attributes of the story’s characters, and help create connections with the plot and theme. The characteristics that make up the protagonist and other characters help shape the outcome of the narrative.

Instructions

Choose three of your favorite characters from Beowulf and create a Character Map for each one.

  • It's important to add sufficient detail to all the parts of the map.
  • Include an appropriate illustration based on the characters' attributes that are outlined in the novel. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Character Sketch

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The character map is thoughtful; descriptions are detailed and informative. The character map is fully developed; accurate details and insightful descriptions. The character map is complete; descriptions are simple and settings are accurate. The character map includes basic details, but is not fully developed. The character map does not accurately reflect the characters.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• summary is clear and highly detailed
• descriptions are thoughtful and highly developed
• significant details that make characters unique and dynamic
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• summary is clear and accurate
• logical descriptions that clarify and develop the idea
• characters are similar; includes relevant details
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• summary is short, but accurate
• descriptions are simple and consistent
• characters similar to description
• some relevant ideas
• summary has several errors
• descriptions are brief and lack detail
• characters vaguely looks like description
• often very brief
• summary is has significant errors
• descriptions are difficult to follow
• characters do not look like description
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Beowulf 2 Major Themes

Intro

Three major themes in Beowulf are:

  • The importance of establishing identity
  • Heroic code versus other value systems
  • The difference between a good warrior and a good king

Instructions

For each major theme, identify at least three examples in the story and depict them in a Mind Map or Storyboard:

  • Identify the theme in the title or map center.
  • Identify the line number in the panel title.
  • Create an image that summarizes the scene.
  • Formulate a brief description of how the example fits the theme. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Major Themes

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview The theme is highly developed; examples have significant purpose and are highly detailed. The theme is well developed; examples are specific and provide ample support. The theme is briefly discussed; examples are accurate but not fully explained. The theme is poorly discussed; vague or irrelevant examples. The theme is not identified; lacks any supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total
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Pixton Activity: Beowulf 3 Types of Conflict

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard

Instructions

In the poem Beowulf, identify the key types of conflict that are present. Using the Storyboard format, identify an example for each type of conflict present.

  • There may be more than one type, so it is important that you thoroughly analyze your selection.
  • Provide a brief description as to why you believe that this is a good example. See the rubric for grading guidelines.

Rubric: Types of Conflict

Use this interactive rubric for easy, thorough assessment. It can even be used by students for self-assessment!

5 4 3 2 1
Overview Multiple types of conflict are fully discussed: all examples are thoroughly discussed. More than one type of conflict is fully discussed; examples are well developed and precise. More than one type of conflict is briefly discussed; examples provide sufficient support. One type of conflict is briefly discussed; examples show limited support. One type of conflict is poorly discussed; lacks supporting examples.
Meaning Ideas, information and use of detail • strong point of view
• develops ideas clearly and logically with details, examples, and descriptions
• relevant ideas with consistent analysis
• logical descriptions or examples clarify and develop the ideas
• relevant ideas with some analysis
• examples or descriptions are simple and consistent
• few relevant ideas
• examples or descriptions may be poorly developed or illogical
• ideas are not developed
• few details or descriptions
Style Clarity, variety, impact of visuals and language • language is clear, varied
• flows smoothly; variety in sentences
• images and characters are fully developed; high attention to detail
• language is clear with some variety
• includes a variety of sentence lengths and patterns
• images and characters have purpose and significance
• language is clear with little variety
• basic sentence structures with a few variations
• images and characters are basic, but have purpose
• basic language; vague at times
• repeats a few basic sentence structures
• images and characters have minimal development
• vague, incorrect and repetitive language
• poorly constructed sentences; little variety
• images and characters are poorly developed
Form Organization and sequence (supporting examples identified) • proper organization
• examples are properly referenced
• panels are thoughtful and detailed
• all panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• most panels are organized or logical
• examples are properly referenced
• all panels are present
• some panels are organized or logical
• examples are not/improperly referenced
• some panels may be missing
• panels are not organized or logical
• examples are not referenced
• panels are missing
Conventions The text demonstrates standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses eloquent words, rich sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates precise English conventions
• uses precise words, controlled sensory language and mood to convey a realistic picture
• demonstrates standard English conventions
• uses words and phrases, telling details and sensory language to convey a vivid picture
• demonstrates some accuracy in standard English conventions of usage and mechanics • contains multiple inaccuracies in Standard English conventions of usage and mechanics
Total

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