Beowulf is a multifaceted poem that rewards study on a number of topical and thematic levels. Teaching Beowulf gives students opportunities to study rich literary and thematic content through classroom activities and exercises. Our eNotes lesson plan for studying the entire poem includes a multiple-choice exam, essay questions, vocabulary exercises, and a comprehensive answer key. These resources have been written and vetted by our in-house educators and editors. In addition to premium content, we also have free materials available that have been contributed by teacher users.

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  • Beowulf eNotes Lesson Plan

    Learning Objectives: By the end of this unit, students should be able to identify the primary themes in Beowulf; identify the symbols developed in Beowulf and discuss their significance; identify the common roots of the Heroic Code (reputation, honor, and loyalty) and of identity (filial and tribal) and discuss how these...

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  • Beowulf eNotes Teaching Guide

    So you’re going to teach Beowulf, a mainstay of English classrooms for generations. While it has its challenges—Old English diction, graphic violence, troubling depictions of women—teaching this text to your class will be rewarding for you and your students. Studying Beowulf will give them unique insight into the origins of...

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