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On a sheet of paper, respond to the following question in at least a paragraph.

Where were you at this time last year? Describe yourself and how you have changed since last year. (Think deeper than…well, I used to have long hair, but now it’s short.)

  • Syllabus
  • Graduation Project
  • Getting to Know You Activity
  • Student Survey
  • Reflection
graduation project
Graduation Project
  • Lab Day tomorrow
    • Cover Page
    • Title Page
    • Resumé
    • Table of contents
  • Academic Advisor Form Due January 31
  • Product Approval Form Due February 7
getting to know you
Getting to Know You
  • Think – look over the questions. Pick one or two you want to talk about. Think about how you would answer it.
  • Pair - with someone sitting next to you, discuss the questions you picked and talk about them.
  • Share – with the class
student survey
Student Survey
  • Go to my webpage
  • Click on English IV in the left column
  • Click on the survey link
  • Answer the questions completely and honestly
what type of learner are you
What Type of Learner are You?
  • Visual
  • Auditory
  • Read-Write
  • Kinesthetic


They tend to be fast talkers.

They exhibit impatience and have a tendency to interrupt.

They use words and phrases that evoke visual images.

They learn by seeing and visualizing.


They speak slowly and tend to be natural listeners.

They think in a linear manner.

They prefer to have things explained to them verbally rather than to read written information.

They learn by listening and verbalizing.


  • They tend to be slow talkers.
  • They tend to be slow to make decisions.
  • They use all their senses to engage in learning.
  • They learn by doing and solving real-life problems.
  • They like hands-on approaches to things and learn through trial and error.


  • They prefer for information to be displayed in writing, such as lists of ideas.
  • They emphasize text-based input and output.
  • They enjoy reading and writing in all forms.

Where will you be at this time next year? Describe how you think your life will be different. If you don’t think it will be different, explain why.

january 24

January 24

What are your goals for this class this semester?

What is your plan to accomplish these goals?

Who is going to support you?

  • Table of Contents
  • Title Page
  • Cover Page
  • Resumé
january 27

January 27

What is a hero?

  • Hero Reaction Guide
  • Anglo History
  • Context academic vocab
  • Reading Beowulf – pg 42
  • Academic Vocab T-chart to interpret and analyze text
  • Epic Hero graphic organizer to support claims in analysis
  • Final Reflection
anglo saxons what you need to know
Anglo-Saxons – What you need to know
  • Romans leave Britain
  • Angles, Saxons, and Jutes invade
  • Bloody conflicts, ignorance, violence, barbarism
  • Angle-land
  • Fatalistic and grim world view
  • Vikings invade
  • The appeal of Christianity
anglo saxon virtues
Anglo-Saxon Virtues
  • Bravery
  • Loyalty
  • Generosity
  • Friendship
academic vocab
Academic Vocab
  • Alliteration
  • Caesura
  • Assonance
  • Scops
  • Dichotomy
  • Kenning
  • Epic poetry
  • Epic Hero
  • Repetition of stressed sounds, particularly consonants
  • from the beginning of words or syllables.
  • …hoping to kill anyone he could trap on this trip to high Herot.
  • …the struggling great bodies beating at its beautiful walls …
  • …gold-covered boards grating as Grendel and Beowulf battled across them.
  • A pause dividing each line, with each part having two accented syllables to help maintain the rhythm of the line

A powerful monster, living down

In the darkness, growled in pain, impatient

As day after day the music rang

Loud in that hall, the harp’s rejoicing

  • Repetition of vowel sounds
  • … lying in waiting, hidden in mist, invisibly following them
  • … And wondering what the bravest of warriors could do. And sometimes they sacrificed to the
  • … sung of the ancient beginnings of us all, recalling the Almighty making the earth …
  • Poet singers
  • Opposites on the same spectrum
  • Light/Dark
  • Male/Female
  • Good/Evil
  • Metaphor - figure of speech in which a word or phrase that ordinarily means one thing is applied to another thing to suggest a likeness between the two
  • Compound – raven-haired, ring-marked
  • Possessive – heaven’s high arch, her evil skin
  • Prepositional – frozen with fear, winters of grief, running to his doom
  • Long narrative poem
  • Praised heroic warriors
  • Recited by scops
  • Instilled cultural pride
  • History lesson
  • Moral sermon
epic hero
Epic Hero
  • Glorified
  • On a Quest
  • Ethical
  • Strong
beowulf what you need to know
Beowulf – What you need to know
  • Oldest surviving epic poem
  • 750?
  • Written in Old English
  • Originally untitled
  • Originally chanted
  • Author unknown
beowulf cheat sheet
Beowulf Cheat Sheet
  • Herot – mead-hall
  • King Hrothgar – king of the Danes
  • Grendel - monster
  • Healfdane – Hrothgar’s father
  • Higlac – Beowulf’s uncle, king of the Geats
  • Wulfgar - herald
  • Edgetho – Beowulf’s father
  • Wiglaf – Beowulf’s wing man
january 28

January 28

What does evil mean to you? Write your own definition of the word and provide some examples of real-life monsters.

  • Reading Beowulf – pg 50
  • Academic Vocab T-chart to interpret and analyze text
  • Epic Hero graphic organizer to support claims in analysis
  • Final Reflection
  • Homework: Cover page, title page, table of contents, and resumé
exit slip
Exit Slip

Summarize what you will take away from class today in one short sentence – 10 words or less.

january 31

January 31

Who would you consider a modern day epic hero? Why?

  • Finish reading Beowulf – pg 66
  • Revisit Hero Reaction Guide
  • Modern Day Epic Hero Project
  • Homework Due Tuesday:
    • Cover page, title page, table of contents, and resumé
    • Academic Advisor Form
  • Connection to and extension of research
  • Should reflect 15 hours of work
  • Must be adequately documented with photographs, logs, letters, reflective journal entries, and other forms of documentation
  • Must involve a community component
  • Ideas
    • Write a story
    • Teach a lesson
    • Create a website
    • Interview a professional
february 3

February 3

The Anglo-Saxon virtues are bravery, loyalty, generosity, and friendship. Which do you think is the most important and why?

  • Reading “The Seafarer” – pg 104
  • Analyzing lines of the poem by paraphrasing, visualizing, and clarifying.
  • Finishing Modern Day Epic Hero Project
  • Final Reflection
  • Homework Due Tomorrow: Cover page, title page, table of contents, and resumé

Find images that convey a mood of isolation.


What is your own definition of an epic hero?

february 4

February 4

Describe the most interesting person you have ever met?

  • Academic Vocab
  • Intro to the Middle Ages and Chaucer
  • Reading The Canterbury Tales Prologue - pg 144
  • Middle English Prologue Extra Credit
  • Reading and Comparing Prologue Pilgrims
    • Knight pg 146/Squire pg 147
    • Parson pg 157/Nun pg 148
  • Intro to Modern Pilgrim Assignment
  • Homework: Product Approval Form
academic vocab1
Academic Vocab
  • Frame story – joins one or more stories within a story
  • Prologue – intro to a literary work; can establish setting and give background
  • Medieval literature – ballads, romances, allegories, and moral tales; most were religious – but some dealt with love, exemplary life and behavior, and political and social issues
  • Ballads – narrative songs (tragic love, domestic conflicts, disastrous wars, shipwrecks, sensational crimes, exploits of outlaws, celebrated historical events, romantic heroes, revenge, rebellion, envy, betrayal, and superstition)
  • Allegories – narrative in which something concrete represents something abstract (Ex. Cowardly Lion; Animal Farm, Pilgrim’s Progress)
academic vocab2
Academic Vocab
  • Iambic pentameter – line of poetry with 5 meters, or 10 syllables, patter in unstressed followed by stressed syllable
  • Characterization - techniques an author uses to develop characters including description of the character’s appearance; character’s speech, thoughts, and actions; responses of other characters to the character; and direct comments from the narrator.
  • Satire - a literary work that ridicules its subject in order to make a comment or criticism about it
  • Dramatic irony – reader knows more than the character
  • Verbal irony – someone says one thing but means another
  • Situational irony – what is expected to happen is not what actually happens
who s who in the middle ages
Who’s Who in the Middle Ages
  • God – Church
  • King
  • Lords
  • Vassals
  • Knights
  • Ladies
  • Serfs
what they ate
PeasantWhat They Ate


Wine or ale

White bread

Deer, boar, and rabbits

Salmon and trout

Breakfast of white bread, meat, and wine or ale

Dinner (lunch) usually consisted of many courses

Supper similar to dinner but may include pigeon pie, woodcock, or sturgeon

  • Water, milk, or ale
  • Rye bread
  • Mutton
  • Hedgehogs and squirrels
  • Black Pudding
  • Dace, grayling, and gudgeon
  • Breakfast of bread and ale
  • Dinner of dark bread and cheese – meat rarely included
  • Supper of vegetable pottage and bread – lucky to have meat
what they wrote
What They Wrote

Ballads“dancing song”

Poetry of the People


Sensational or tragic subject matter

Omission of details

Supernatural events or false love


Strong beat


Incremental repetition

Question and answer format

Conventional phrases

chaucer what you need to know
Chaucer – What you need to know
  • Father of English Literature
  • First to write in the vernacular
  • Member of Parliament
  • Knight of the shire
  • Middle English
  • Modern

In 1809, the English poet and artist William Blake made the following observation: “Chaucer’s pilgrims are the characters which compose all ages and nations…Some of the names or titles are altered by time, but the characters themselves forever remain unaltered.” Do you agree or disagree that Chaucer’s characters seem timeless and universal? Support your opinion with details from the text and your own experiences.

february 5

February 5

It has been said that “Money is the root of all evil.”

Do you agree/disagree? Why?

  • Analyze modern depiction of greed
  • Read Pardoner’s Description - pg 162
  • Read Pardoner’s Tale – pg 170
  • Complete plot activity
  • Watch Pardoner’s Tale
  • Compare/Contrast Pardoner’s Tale to modern depiction
  • Final Reflection
  • Homework:
    • Product Form Due Friday
    • Modern Pilgrim Assignment Due Monday with Test
modern pilgrim assignment
Modern Pilgrim Assignment
  • Choose a modern day pilgrim
  • Decide how they should act
  • Decide how they should be critiqued
  • Describe them – include physical aspects as well
  • Write 20 lines of rhyming couplets
  • Due with your test on Monday – worth 15 points
the dark knight
The Dark Knight

The Pardoner’s Tale


Why is the theme of the Pardoner’s Tale still being repeated today? Describe another source (TV show, song, book, etc) where you have seen this theme repeated.

(Casino, Jerry Maguire, Slumdog Millionaire, Do You Want to be a Millionaire, The Lorax, A Christmas Carol, “Billionaire,” “Bills-Bills-Bills,” “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems”)

february 6

February 6

Would you rather spend the rest of your life with someone who is ugly/faithful or beautiful/unfaithful? Explain why.

  • Decide a class goal
  • Read Wife’s Description - pg 156
  • Read Wife’s Tale – pg 184
  • Watch Wife’s Tale
  • Answer viewing and analysis questions
  • Discuss theme questions in small groups
  • Final Reflection
  • Homework:
    • Product Form
    • Modern Pilgrim Assignment
modern pilgrim assignment1
Modern Pilgrim Assignment
  • Choose a modern day pilgrim
  • Decide how they should act
  • Decide how they should be critiqued
  • Describe them – include physical aspects as well
  • Write 20 lines of rhyming couplets
  • Due with your test on Monday – worth 15 points
wife of bath viewing and analysis
Wife of Bath Viewing and Analysis
  • Wife of Bath
  • What was the knight’s crime?
  • What was his punishment?
  • According to the wife, what do women want?
  • How do you know the knight learned his lesson?
  • Did the knight get what he deserved?
  • What is the moral of the story?

What Women Want

What connection can you make between the wife’s tale and the movie clip? What is the meaning?

february 7

February 7

What code do you live by?

Gratitude Caring Understanding Humor Diligence Integrity Commitment Acceptance Generosity Compassion Enthusiasm Courage Discretion Sincere Humble Discipline Focus Gentleness Honesty Reliability Hope Moderation Perseverance Flexibility Respect Wisdom Spontaneity Faith Confidence Thankfulness Devotion Grace Persistence Empathy Tolerance

  • Grammar Diagnostic
  • Pilgrim Characterization Chart
  • Review
  • Test Study Guide
  • Homework:
    • Modern Pilgrim Assignment