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Beowulf eNotes Teaching Guide

by eNotes

  • Release Date: July 09, 2019
  • Subjects: Language Arts and Literature
  • Age Levels: Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, and Grade 9
  • Pages: 15
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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 English-language literature, the transition from paganism to Christianity in northern Europe, and literary touchstones such as the hero, the tragedy, and the elegy. This guide highlights some of the most salient aspects of the text before you begin teaching.


Our eNotes Teaching Guides have been designed to help first-time and veteran teachers open up classic works of literature for their students. Each guide provides creative and practical approaches to teaching the text, as well as rich background information, key plot points, and recommended texts.

The main components of each guide include the following:

  • An overview of the text and its key components
  • Teaching approaches and discussion questions
  • A list of complementary texts

These Teaching Guides offer valuable context and promote meaningful discussions about novels, plays, poems, and stories that have captivated English Language Arts students for generations. Each guide is comprehensive and concise, thought-provoking and practical.

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