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Historical Background ~ Summaries and Notes ~ Dragons ~ Class Notes
Reading Questions ~ Vocabulary ~ Fun Stuff ~ Web Quest ~ Comparing Texts

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The text to which all page numbers refer is Beowulf the Warrior, retold by Ian Serraillier, illustrated by Severin, 1994, Bethlehem Books, ISBN 1-883937-03-5.

Historical Background - See also the book Viking Life, by John Guy, Barron's Educational Series, 1998.

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Summaries and Notes

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Dragons - These pages discuss the Western dragon, its appearance, habits, and stories, and other background.

Reading Questions - The questions are divided into the same sections as the book. You will need to have two ways to record answers: An on-going document (or writing journal) which will end up as your own Hero Epic; and the "hand it in or discuss it" written answers to the short, specific questions. Keeping track of these both will be important!

Grendel ~ Grendel's Mother ~ Fire Dragon

 

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Vocabulary - This is an in-class exercise.You will work as a class group to define and understand ("read") the following words and the sentences containing them.  You will actually be tested on only the words contained in the Vocabulary Lists handed out in class.

One at a time, locate the words assigned to you on the page indicated. Enter the words into the Vocabulary Worksheet, making sure that you are entering into the correct form. Complete the information for each word and Submit.  You will be returned to the form to enter another word. When the class has completed a list, copy the Vocabulary Page, paste into a Word document, save it into your Beowulf folder.  You are encouraged to print the words as well.

Grendel Vocabulary ~ Grendel's Mother Vocabulary ~ The Fire Dragon Vocabulary

For each word, you must record:

Grendel Grendel's Mother The Fire Dragon
2-wrought
rune
fen
fiend
minstrel
ravening
fell
4 - valiance
abounding
sickle
keel
shingle
9- grovelling
puny
brine
sinewy
murkily
10 - wayward
bounteous
clarion
revive
12 - revelry
abundant
tumult
havoc
13 - unslaked
lair
stupor
asunder
14 - banishing
countenance
cleave
16 - recompense
serene
tranquillity
19 - shackled
20 - torrents
plummet
sounded
clamourous
22 - manifold
cloven
cataract
brink
plumage
24 - undulation
gluttonous
25 - mere
infallible
tyrant
26 - dismal
realm
dinned
27 - keening
lustre
cumberous
28 - traversed
lingered
myriad
29 - stalwart
careering
crags
mead
31 - thane
beget
37 - confounded
turreted
flagons
38 - riotous
wrathful
39 - rampart
brandishing
40 - waning
forsook
chiding
42 - steadfast
conflagration
smiting
43 - hewed
despoil
44 - covetous
46 - requital
47 - cumbrous
ravenous
48 - valour

Vocabulary Pages (check any time, but do not copy until all words have been entered):

Grendel Vocabulary ~ Grendel's Mother Vocabulary ~ The Fire Dragon Vocabulary

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Fun Stuff

 

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Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain 2/14/05