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Anglo – Saxon literature, riddles, elegies, the epic & epic hero

12th

Unit Plan

Anglo-Saxon Literature

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This unit explores the epic Beowulf as reflective of Anglo Saxon culture. As such, students will read the literature paying particular attention to the characteristics of Anglo Saxon life that appear in the epic and understand how these behaviors reveal the value system of the Anglo Saxons.

How does Anglo-Saxon literature reflect the values and behaviors of this time period? How can we learn about a culture through its peoples’ traditions and values? How do we define a hero?

^ Key Learning(s):

Optional
Instructional Tools:


Unit Essential Question(s):


Internet – students explore Anglo-Saxon riddles, videos – ^ Beowulf (animated Schlessinger), Grendel & Beowulf (2006), History of Britain series




^ Concept: 1 day




Concept: 3 days




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Concept: 10 days

^ Anglo Saxon Riddles and the insight they provide into Anglo-Saxon culture




Anglo Saxon elegies and the insight they provide into Anglo-Saxon culture and its conflict with the introduction of Christianity




^ Anglo-Saxon epic background




Anglo-Saxon epic and its epic hero


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Lesson Essential Questions:

How do Anglo-Saxon riddles provide us with insights about their culture? How do we define personification? How do these riddles demonstrate the use of personification?




^ How do elegies demonstrate the values of the Anglo-Saxon culture? In what way does the introduction of Christianity come into conflict with these values?




Why is Beowulf considered to be such an important piece of British literature?




^ How do we define an epic? How does the Anglo-Saxon epic match with the classical Greek form? How do we define an epic hero?

(Be prepared to compare the Anglo-Saxon epic hero to the Medieval Arthurian epic hero.)

In what ways does Beowulf embody the ideal Anglo-Saxon warrior, i.e. the epic hero?

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Vocabulary:

riddle, epic, elegy, redaction, kenning, alliteration, personification, and caesura





riddle, epic, elegy, redaction, kenning, alliteration, personification, and caesura,

admonish, sentinel, fervent, rancor, blithe




riddle, epic, elegy, redaction, kenning, alliteration, personification, and caesura

reparation, solace, purge, writhing, massive, loathsome




riddle, epic, elegy, redaction, kenning, alliteration, personification, and caesura

reparation, solace, purge, writhing, massive, loathsome





Arthurian Literature

12th

Unit Plan

Medieval Literature Unit


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Students will explore the growth and transformations of the stories surrounding King Arthur through such important literary works as Christopher Malory’s Le Morte DArthur and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

How does the growth of King Arthur's legend reflect the literary and cultural growth of England as a nation?

^ Key Learning(s):

Optional
Instructional Tools:


Unit Essential Question(s):


Film: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)





^ Concept: 1 days




Concept: 2 days




Concept: 1 days




Concept: 1 days

^ Characters of Arthurian Literature




Development of Arthurian tales




Explore the poem's approach to the concept of knightly virtue.




^ Understanding poetic devices in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.


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Lesson Essential Questions:

What is the story of King Arthur and who are the characters who make up these stories?




How has the Arthurian story grown and changed over time?




What do Gawain's adventures reveal about knightly virtues? How has the hero developed from the Anglo-Saxon ideal of a hero?





What poetic forms are used by the Pearl Poet and how do these devices affect our understanding of ^ Sir Gawain and the Green Knight?

Vocabulary:




Vocabulary:




Vocabulary:




Vocabulary:

assay, adjure, feigned, adroitly, largesse, righteous, entreated, peril, interred




assay, adjure, feigned, adroitly, largesse, righteous, entreated, peril, interred




alliteration, bob and wheel, symbolism


assay, adjure, feigned, adroitly, largesse, righteous, entreated, peril, interred




alliteration, bob and wheel, symbolism


assay, adjure, feigned, adroitly, largesse, righteous, entreated, peril, interred




Ballads & Letters

12th

Unit Plan

Medieval Literature Unit


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Grade:





Students will briefly explore the form of the ballad and their story telling techniques through the ^ Lord Randall, Barbara Allan, Twa Corbies, and Get Up and Bar the Door. Also students will explore the history of this age through letters of the time.

What is the Ballad form and how do they and the non-fiction genre of letters tell a story of what life was like in the Middle Ages?

^ Key Learning(s):

Optional
Instructional Tools:


Unit Essential Question(s):


Song: Barbara Allan


Film: A History of Britain




^ Concept: 1 day




Concept: 1 day




Concept:




Concept:

^ Ballad form & Exploring the Ballad




Exploring historical documents: Letters














^ Lesson Essential Questions:





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Lesson Essential Question





^ Lesson Essential Questions:

What is the form of the ballad and what was their purpose?




What can primary sources show us about a historical time period?













Vocabulary:




Vocabulary:




Vocabulary:




Vocabulary:

folk ballad, refrain, dialect, primary sources


alderman, enquiry, succor, certify, remnant, ransacked, asunder, assault




folk ballad, refrain, dialect, primary sources


alderman, enquiry, succor, certify, remnant, ransacked, asunder, assault
















The Canterbury Tales: Parody, Satire & Stereotypes

12th

Unit Plan

Medieval Literature Unit

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Grade:





In this unit, students are guided through a series of activities that serve to introduce them to the joy, whimsy, wit and cleverness of Chaucer's ^ Canterbury Tales while helping them relate this classic work of literature to modern media and their own lives.

How can we learn about our own culture's stereotypes and morality by examining Chaucer's satiric critique of Medieval virtues and vices in The Canterbury Tales? Why is it important to be aware of the stereotypes present in literature and within our own culture?

^ Key Learning(s):

Optional
Instructional Tools:


Unit Essential Question(s):


A comprehensive list of electronic resources can be found at Resources on Chaucer
(http://english.edgewood.edu/430/430resc.htm)


^ Film: A Knight's Tale (2001)

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Canterbury Tales, The (1998)
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