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 Week 12: November 22-23, 2010

BEOWULF FINALE

and

Gardner's Grendel

   

BE!  Don't just "DO" this term! 

"We are no longer human beings.  We should be called human doings"  

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

SMART BORED????  (Get it?)

Beowulf paper (due Wednesday, Dec. 1)

If you want to create your own topic, a proposed thesis and preliminary outline is required by ASAP!  Click HERE for a copy of the new 2011 Beowulf paper packet. Click HERE for the credentials for the editor/writers of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. 1.  BEOWULF PAPER--the ORDER:  1. outline  2. paper itself  3.  works cited   4.  any supplementary articles/texts (pre-highlighted) which Wally didn't supply  5.  any supplementary articles/texts (no need to pre-highlight) which Wally supplied  6.  security copy (or e-mailed to lwallenberg@edenpr.org before midnight the day the paper is due) Click HERE for the credentials of Donaldson and David who authored the chapter about the heroic ideal from "The Middle Ages" in the Norton Anthology of English Literature (It's the blue chapter copied in your Beowulf packet).

Click HERE if you need a copy of the buff-colored BEOWULF 2010 packet Click HERE  if you need any hand-outs from the packet (NOTE:  it has the old cover assignment sheet on the top.  Just scroll past those pages to get to the hand-outs you need.)

EPHS ENGLISH DEPARTMENT SURVIVAL MANUAL  (rev. 11.22.09)

Click HERE for the entire manual full size

or  HERE for the entire manual half size.

click HERE for the COVER with table of contents  (rev. 11.22.09)

click HERE for the GRS (Grammar Rules Summary) section--yellow

click HERE for the MSF (Manuscript Formatting Rules) section--yellow

click HERE for the PDQ (Parenthetical Documentation and Quotes) section--green  (rev. 11.22.09)

click HERE for the WC (Works Cited) section--pink (rev. 11.22.09)

click HERE for the WC (Works Cited) SHORT FORM--pink

CLICK HERE for the BUYBACK PACKET (rev. 2008)   For a sample template, click HERE--> SAMPLE TEMPLATE FOR BUYBACKS (You can cut and paste this into a WORD DOCUMENT and make changes--add more rows or delete categories etc. to make it work for you.  Remember to print it out in landscape format!)  CLICK HERE FOR THE ACE simplified version without the categories of errors.

Buybacks (rev. 2010)!  If buybacks are not turned in on your deadline, they are 1/2 credit the next day and no credit the day after!  Read the blue BUYBACK hand-out CAREFULLY so you can ask any questions/clear up anything you don't understand about the buyback procedure. 

 If you want to print out your own copy of the BUYBACK PACKET for highlighting, active reading, etc., click HERE.  If you would like to use a template (rev. 2010) to do your buybacks, click HERE.

 (You can cut and paste this into a WORD DOCUMENT and make changes--add more rows or delete categories etc. to make it work for you.  Remember to print it out in landscape format!)  For a sample of what BUYBACKS ARE SUPPOSED TO LOOK LIKE WHEN DONE, CLICK HERE (WORD version) OR  HERE (pdf.verson)! If you would like to use the ACE template, click HEREIf you would like to use a word document template (rev. 2010) to do your buybacks, click HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DATE In-Class plan Homework (due next day almost always):
Monday, day 50

BEOWULF FINALE!

Wiglaf is my hero!

Who is yours?

 

BEOWULF:

LAY OF THE LAST SURVIVOR!

  

 

 

  1. GROUP CHECK -IN: Weekend, any synchronicity, songs you just "can't get enough of"
  2. finish EPIC HERO characteristics
  3. Who or what is Grendel--really?  Meet Grendel p. 26 Raffel and p. 9 in the Heany--Listen on tape 

    Cain & Abel story If not before, watch Cain and Abel video (22 min.)GRENDEL: Who or what is Grendel--really?  Meet Grendel p. 26 Raffel and p. 9 in the Heany--Listen on tape    Cain & Abel story If not before, watch Cain and Abel video (22 min.) 

  4. Gardner's Grendel  "The Nature of Grendel" as a pagan and Christian monster , story of Cain and Abel?, Gardner's Grendel:  What did you think of Gardner's Grendel? What might Grendel be symbolic of?  C/C WA  Gardner's Grendel--reaction and the 5 Q's, Gardner's Grendel, share what it was like if you started to read it
  5. Beowulf Battle Chart--c/c column 1--Fight with Grendel Click HERE for the chart
  6. Zemeckis Beowulf--Watch 10 min. of battle with Grendel
  7. Beowulf PART 3: Discuss similarities in the battles, the big deals--weapons, turf, B's progression of connnection/relationship, the pagan vs. Christian ending, importance of Wiglaf, the Lay of the Last Survivor, how Beowulf gets to be king, the future of Geatland
  8.  Maybe show Collins' "The Lanyard" or "Seventh-Grade Viking Warrior"  Taylor Mali
  9. 3rd hour--leftovers?  HERO??? Did Beowulf do it?  Was his life meaningful? Who are the true Grendels?  the ending  Beowulf's journey to lead a good life--Hrothgar's advice, etc.  What are today's notions of HEROES?--SHARE CHARTS!!!  
  10. Do WA 22 Lay of the last Survivor--Me!  to Mahler's Symphony #9, the last movement (mention movies with this type of scenario:  I am Legend, 28 Days, Armegeddon, Left Behind, Deep Impact, 28 Days Later)
  11. Debrief WA 23 Lay of the last Survivor--Me!  Intro Lewis Thomas and MahlerBE!  Don't just "DO" this term!    Review Hero column and round-robin sharing--Do "when you were little? question" and add to WA 1 Reflections, Bill Doherty "Help for Hurried families" notes, Brian willette, Schultz obituary, Todd Bachmann funeral program, Starfish story, chicken soup teacher story, color differences, hero test, "Millionaire Mind" article, Heroes Quiz , 6 degrees, "The Journey" Wixon jewely ads.  After AS heroes discuss modern ideas and share from your WA on heroes--incl male/female differences. Starfish story, Jordan's email, Show 3 min. clip from movie ACROSS THE UNIVERSE--25 min. into it--dinner table scene

  12. BEOWULF FUN THINGS: Memory Dean song--"Beowulf, Captain Hook, & the Albatross"  Shrinklets Beowulf and Beowulf cartoons Woody Allen quote & other Beowulf cartoons, Wixon Jewelry ads  CLICK HERE FOR COPIES    Beowulf cartoon movie:  http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/468319  Play Alex Doud's Beowulf rap and Gilmore Girls season 6 episode 10.

 

  1. BEOWULF ASSIGNMENT F:

     finish WA 22: LAY OF THE LAST SURVIVOR

    The Lay of the Last Survivor

    http://faculty.virginia.edu/OldEnglish/Beowulf.Readings/Survivor.html

    It's worth 10 points total by doing the following 3 things more than just the writing during class:  

     1.   First, re-read everything you wrote during class today.  Add anything more you'd like.  Look for patterns, themes, whatever jumps out at you.  Comment in your journal about your findings and how doing this journal felt during and after. 

    2.  Now read the buff-colored sheets in your Beowulf packet with the biographical information on Gustav Mahler.  Jot down some thoughts about this in light of the piece of music, etc. 

     3.   Finally, read the buff-colored essay at the end of your Beowulf packet by Lewis Thomas called "Late Night Thoughts."  For a copy of Thomas's essay, click HERE or go to this website:   http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/Thomas/mahlers-ninth.html  Add your comments/response to this essay.  What you tell Mr. Thomas if he were to visit our classroom tomorrow? 
     

  2. Note!  New due date for Grendel! DUE MONDAY, Nov. 29th!   Read Gardner's Grendel, do the prep work on the green worksheet, and do a 2 sided journal:  WA 23:Gardner's Grendel--2 topics.  For a copy of the "Gardner's Grendel Discussion Prep. Worksheet," click HERE! As you read, do the following on your own notebook paper (unless you buy your own book--available in the school store--in which case you can do this note-taking right on the covers and extra pages in the book):  

     1. keep a character list,

    2. on the Zodiac Wheel (the second page of the hand-out "Gardner's Grendel Discussion Prep. Worksheet"), jot down a quick plot synopsis for each chapter. 

     3. 3 Chapter Analyses Charts on Grendel Worksheet:  Each group will be assigned 2 chapters to become experts on.   Here are the assigned chapters:  GROUP 1--chaps. 1-3, GROUP 2--chaps.  4-6, GROUP 3--chaps. 7-9, GROUP 4--chaps. 10-12. 

    On the front of the "Gardner's Grendel Discussion Prep. Worksheet" (click HERE for a copy of this worksheet),  there is a a chart for you to fill out for your group's assigned chapters.  

    4. consult a copy of  a zodiac chart (see HERE for a list of the zodiac signs, or click http://www.psychicguild.com/horoscopes_explained.php or click HERE for the Zodiac wheel in your "Gardner's Grendel Discussion Prep. Worksheet") and discuss how one of the zodiac signs is present/symbolic in each of the 12 chapters.

    5. Also, as you read, jot down a list of your personal questions. NOTE:  When you finish the novel, you also will do WA___: (worth 10 journal points--a 2 sider!).  You are to choose  2 of the 5 choices "GG" Journal Topics.  For a copy of the topics, click HERE.

    John Gardner’s Grendel JOURNAL TOPICS

    GG (Gardner’s Grendel) #1: Personal Response  Patrick Galloway, who has a B.A.in English Literature from San Francisco State University, said, “As much as I enjoyed reading the exploits of the great Geat, I must say that Grendel resonated at a deeper level for me. In the title character's first-person narrative I found a personal corollary: Gardner's Grendel, though man-eating beast, is a thinker, an intellectual trapped (isolated) in a world without peers. As strange as it might sound to say that I identified with a monster, that is exactly how I felt reading this novel. To experience acutely the scorn and/or fear of a world with which one feels no affinity, and yet, at the same time, to perceive the vapidity and obviousness of that world; to feel ostracized by a race of beings whose own fatuity and turpitude makes one ashamed for having relished the thought of acceptance; to be lonely. This, to me, is the crux of the matter regarding Grendel. Loneliness can drive an individual to monstrous extremes. Eating Danes, for instance.”

    What was your personal reaction to reading Grendel?   How did it compare to reading Beowulf?  Comment on Galloway’s quote and how much his reaction to Grendel resonated with your own experience with the novel as well as the idea of being “an intellectual trapped (isolated) in a world without peers.”

    GG (Gardner’s Grendel) #2: Four Characters  Patrick Galloway also states, “The most intriguing aspect of Grendel is the background we receive on primary characters such as Hrothgar, Wealtheow, Unferth, and, of course, Grendel. Gardner, while admittedly taking full advantage of his poetic licence [sic], provides biographical data for each of these individuals which lays a groundwork for subtle, psychological insights into the personalities and actions of each.”  Take these four primary characters, and based on what you already know from reading Beowulf, comment on what it is that Gardner’s Grendel does to enhance, shed deeper insight on, and further develop these characters.

    GG (Gardner’s Grendel) #3: Choose a Topic  Take one of the following topics and trace its presence in Grendel

    • Grendel’s attitude toward language
    • Choose an astrological sign and follow it through its associated chapter.  Look at its relevance and what it comes to signify in Grendel as a whole.
    • Trace Gardner’s use of “cartoon imagery” throughout the novel.  Why is the use of grotesque, exaggerated humor appropriate in the novel?

    NOT AN OPTION!  GG (Gardner’s G Grendel) #4: Extra Credit or Required?  Take up the idea of this being an extra credit option during our study of Beowulf, not a required assignment.  After reading Grendel, thinking about it, and doing a few journals, do you think this should be extra credit or required?  Give a full account as to why it should be required or extra credit.

    GG (Gardner’s Grendel) #5: Humanizing the Monster?  Read Jay Ruud’s article “Gardner’s Grendel and Beowulf:  Humanizing the Monster”--the last green essay in the Beowulf packet which addresses Gardner's Grendel and Beowulf's Grendel as both monster and human.  Jot down some of Ruud’s main points, and write a page response.  

     

  3. Beowulf paper (due Wednesday, Dec. 1st) If you want to create your own topic, a proposed thesis and preliminary outline is required by ASAP! Click HERE for a copy of the new 2011 Beowulf paper packet Click HERE for the credentials for the editor/writers of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. 1.  BEOWULF PAPER--the ORDER:  1. outline  2. paper itself  3.  works cited   4.  any supplementary articles/texts (pre-highlighted) which Wally didn't supply  5.  any supplementary articles/texts (no need to pre-highlight) which Wally supplied  6.  security copy (or e-mailed to lwallenberg@edenpr.org before midnight the day before the paper is due) Click HERE for the credentials of Donaldson and David who authored the chapter about the heroic ideal from "The Middle Ages" in the Norton Anthology of English Literature (It's the blue chapter copied in your Beowulf packet).
  4. DUE MONDAY! +3 point EXTRA CREDIT COUPON--Write a one page (TYPED and DOUBLE-SPACED) letter to Park Square Theatre. Give your thanks or  feedback on your experience or even your ideas on the themes and universal questions or even personal connections to the production of Othello .  Address the letter to either Mary Finnerty (educational director), or  Jeff Hal-Flavin (director), or to one of the actors (Click http://www.parksquaretheatre.org for a cast list) or to one of the workshop teachers (Rapier = Brian Hessler), Unarmed Stage Combat, Makeup = Tessie Bundick, Acting Shakespeare = Andrea Wollenberg, Improv = Jen Scott).    Don't forget to keep your ticket to use for a FREE ticket for a future Park Square evening show sometime this year.  Click http://www.parksquaretheatre.org/plays/index.php  for their website to see what's coming up!
  5. BEOWULF EXTRA CREDIT +5 COUPON ASSIGNMENTS  DUE TUESDAY!

    NOTE!  You may do ONE assignments, and you may do this with ONE other person!

    CHOICE 1   Journal Entry: “WANTED”

     

    After reading part 1 in Beowulf, do this entry.  You do not have to do both choice A and B.  Choose the one below in which you are most interested. 

     

    ·          CHOICE A   Write a want ad or write/design a job description poster for the monster-slayer Hrothgar might have advertised for in order to restore peace in his kingdom.

     

    ·          CHOICE B   Design the resume and/or the completed job application that you think Beowulf would have turned in if necessary to do such a job or a job like killing Grendel.

    (HINT!  Quality/creativity are highly encouraged.)

     NOTE   This does not have to be a traditional full-page of writing.  You may choose to illustrate, use graphics, write a poem, song, etc.  This would be a good time to see what your computer can create.

     NOTE   To make sure both choices are covered, be sure to discuss ahead of time who wants to do which choice so your group has at least one of each choice represented.

     

     

    CHOICE 2  Journal Entry: BEOWULF VS. ___________: Another Point of View

     

    Choose  one  of the two first battles and rewrite the battle from either Grendel's point  of view or Grendel's mom's point of view .  Really try to imagine what might be going on inside their heads.  Have fun with this one!  Parody is welcome.  Don't spare the gore! 

     

    ---------> IMPORTANT NOTE:  WRITE THE BATTLE IN FIRST PERSON! 

     

    CHOICE 3   Journal Entry: SOME POETRY CONNECTIONS TO BEOWULF

    1.          Read these poems which can be connected to Beowulf:  Shelley's "Ozymandias" (on p. 638 in our black LBT text), Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (on p. 531--intro; 532-536--poem in our black LBT text), and Wilbur's "Beowulf" (if your teacher gives you a copy of this last one).

    2.          Now respond to the ideas in TWO of these three poems and how each connects to Beowulf and/or Beowulf.

    CHOICE 4  Create The Game of Beowulf       

    Knowing what you know of popular board games  and  the story of Beowulf, create a board game that would re-enact the story's events, characters, and themes.  Actually create the rules, board, playing pieces, etc. YOU MAY COLLABORATE AND PRODUCE THIS GAME WITH ONE OTHER STUDENT IN OUR CLASS IF YOU WANT.

 

         CHOICE 5:  Beowulf Soundtrack  Choose 10 songs and make a play list, CD cover, and explain why you chose each of the songs on the playlist. 

 
Tuesday, day 51

THANKSGIVING BREAK

a time to remember how important it is to be grateful!  What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

 Happy THANKSGIVING!

  1. Enjoy your family!

  2. Enjoy your friends!

  3. Enjoy some time for

  4. yourself!

  5. Give lots of hugs!!!

 

Today's Quotes of the Day:

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.  ~W.T. Purkiser

Give thanks!!!

For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today's allusion:

let the cat out of the bag/ buy a pig in a poke

Today's Words of the Day:

none

BEOWULF FINALE:  BE vs. DO!

 

Randy Pausch

Are you a Tigger or an Eyeore?

Earnest vs. Hip?

CHECK IT OUT!  Great food for thought in Randy Pausch's "The Last Lecture"

For a really inspirational story (reminds me of the "Lay of the Last Survivor"), watch these youtube videos about the story of Prof. Randy Pausch from Carnegie-Mellon giving his last lecture (a tradition for retiring professors at C-M to do before leaving to leave their life lessons with their students) at age 47 when he found out he had cancer and only had a few months to live.     Incredible!

  the actual speech "The Last Lecture"  (1 hour 16 min--well worth it!!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji5_MqicxSo&feature=related

highlights of "The Last Lecture"  (8:48 min.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bw3G9_Ysg2E&NR=1

We don't beat the grim reaper by living longer; we beat the grim reaper by living well.

Time Magazine's 10 Questions for Randy Pausch (5:06 min.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdEgcTE4i24&feature=related

CBS announcement of Randy's death

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SwZQlzZRtk&feature=related

Randy Pausch & Eric Hutchinson music (3 min. 31 sec)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7O6AWwLyAk&NR

Wall Street Journal  tribute to Randy Pausch (5:13 min.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIysXLiA5s0&feature=related

Randy Pausch Carnegie-Mellon grad speech  (6 min)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcYv5x6gZTA&NR=1

Inspirational Speech by Dr. Randy Pausch On the Oprah Winfrey Show: The Last Lecture. Dr. Pausch Passed Away On July 25, 2008  (10 min.)

 

  1. Group Check-in:

     

    • Thanksgiving break plans?
    • Progress on Beowulf paper?
    • Play Alex Doud's Beowulf rap and Gilmore Girls season 6 episode 10. min.)
    • Reactions to Gardner

     

  2. Beowulf Battle Chart--c/c columns 1-3 Click HERE for the chart Beowulf PART 3: Discuss similarities in the battles, the big deals--weapons, turf, B's progression of connnection/relationship, the pagan vs. Christian ending, importance of Wiglaf, the Lay of the Last Survivor, how Beowulf gets to be king, the future of Geatland

    Who or what is Grendel--really?  Meet Grendel p. 26 Raffel and p. 9 in the Heany--Listen on tape 

    Cain & Abel story If not before, watch Cain and Abel video (22 min.)GRENDEL: Who or what is Grendel--really?  Meet Grendel p. 26 Raffel and p. 9 in the Heany--Listen on tape    Cain & Abel story If not before, watch Cain and Abel video (22 min.) 

  3. Gardner's Grendel  "The Nature of Grendel" as a pagan and Christian monster , story of Cain and Abel?, Gardner's Grendel:  What did you think of Gardner's Grendel? What might Grendel be symbolic of?  C/C WA  Gardner's Grendel--reaction and the 5 Q's, Gardner's Grendel, share what it was like if you started to read it
  4. Debrief WA 22 Lay of the last Survivor--Me!  to Mahler's Symphony #9, the last movement (mention movies with this type of scenario:  I am Legend, 28 Days, Armegeddon, Left Behind, Deep Impact, 28 Days Later)
  5. Debrief WA 23 Lay of the last Survivor--Me!  Intro Lewis Thomas and Mahler

  6. BE!  Don't just "DO" this term!    Review Hero column and round-robin sharing--Do "when you were little? question" and add to WA 1 Reflections, Bill Doherty "Help for Hurried families" notes, Brian willette, Schultz obituary, Todd Bachmann funeral program, Starfish story, chicken soup teacher story, color differences, hero test, "Millionaire Mind" article, Heroes Quiz , 6 degrees, "The Journey" Wixon jewely ads.  After AS heroes discuss modern ideas and share from your WA on heroes--incl male/female differences. Starfish story, Jordan's email, Show 3 min. clip from movie ACROSS THE UNIVERSE--25 min. into it--dinner table scene

  7.  Maybe show Collins' "The Lanyard" or "Seventh-Grade Viking Warrior"  Taylor Mali
  8. HERO??? Did Beowulf do it?  Was his life meaningful? Who are the true Grendels?  the ending  Beowulf's journey to lead a good life--Hrothgar's advice, etc.  What are today's notions of HEROES?--SHARE CHARTS!!!  
  9. BEOWULF FUN THINGS: Memory Dean song--"Beowulf, Captain Hook, & the Albatross"  Shrinklets Beowulf and Beowulf cartoons Woody Allen quote & other Beowulf cartoons, Wixon Jewelry ads  CLICK HERE FOR COPIES    Beowulf cartoon movie:  http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/468319  Play Alex Doud's Beowulf rap and Gilmore Girls season 6 episode 10.

  1. PR #3--remember to type, use your code, be anonymous, and put down any special requests on a post-it!

  2. Note!  New due date for Grendel! DUE MONDAY, Nov. 29th!   Read Gardner's Grendel, do the prep work on the green worksheet, and do a 2 sided journal:  WA 23:Gardner's Grendel--2 topics.  For a copy of the "Gardner's Grendel Discussion Prep. Worksheet," click HERE! As you read, do the following on your own notebook paper (unless you buy your own book--available in the school store--in which case you can do this note-taking right on the covers and extra pages in the book):  

     1. keep a character list,

    2. on the Zodiac Wheel (the second page of the hand-out "Gardner's Grendel Discussion Prep. Worksheet"), jot down a quick plot synopsis for each chapter. 

     3. 3 Chapter Analyses Charts on Grendel Worksheet:  Each group will be assigned 2 chapters to become experts on.   Here are the assigned chapters:  GROUP 1--chaps. 1-3, GROUP 2--chaps.  4-6, GROUP 3--chaps. 7-9, GROUP 4--chaps. 10-12. 

    On the front of the "Gardner's Grendel Discussion Prep. Worksheet" (click HERE for a copy of this worksheet),  there is a a chart for you to fill out for your group's assigned chapters.  

    4. consult a copy of  a zodiac chart (see HERE for a list of the zodiac signs, or click http://www.psychicguild.com/horoscopes_explained.php or click HERE for the Zodiac wheel in your "Gardner's Grendel Discussion Prep. Worksheet") and discuss how one of the zodiac signs is present/symbolic in each of the 12 chapters.

    5. Also, as you read, jot down a list of your personal questions. NOTE:  When you finish the novel, you also will do WA___: (worth 10 journal points--a 2 sider!).  You are to choose  2 of the 5 choices "GG" Journal Topics.  For a copy of the topics, click HERE.

    John Gardner’s Grendel JOURNAL TOPICS

    GG (Gardner’s Grendel) #1: Personal Response  Patrick Galloway, who has a B.A.in English Literature from San Francisco State University, said, “As much as I enjoyed reading the exploits of the great Geat, I must say that Grendel resonated at a deeper level for me. In the title character's first-person narrative I found a personal corollary: Gardner's Grendel, though man-eating beast, is a thinker, an intellectual trapped (isolated) in a world without peers. As strange as it might sound to say that I identified with a monster, that is exactly how I felt reading this novel. To experience acutely the scorn and/or fear of a world with which one feels no affinity, and yet, at the same time, to perceive the vapidity and obviousness of that world; to feel ostracized by a race of beings whose own fatuity and turpitude makes one ashamed for having relished the thought of acceptance; to be lonely. This, to me, is the crux of the matter regarding Grendel. Loneliness can drive an individual to monstrous extremes. Eating Danes, for instance.”

    What was your personal reaction to reading Grendel?   How did it compare to reading Beowulf?  Comment on Galloway’s quote and how much his reaction to Grendel resonated with your own experience with the novel as well as the idea of being “an intellectual trapped (isolated) in a world without peers.”

    GG (Gardner’s Grendel) #2: Four Characters  Patrick Galloway also states, “The most intriguing aspect of Grendel is the background we receive on primary characters such as Hrothgar, Wealtheow, Unferth, and, of course, Grendel. Gardner, while admittedly taking full advantage of his poetic licence [sic], provides biographical data for each of these individuals which lays a groundwork for subtle, psychological insights into the personalities and actions of each.”  Take these four primary characters, and based on what you already know from reading Beowulf, comment on what it is that Gardner’s Grendel does to enhance, shed deeper insight on, and further develop these characters.

    GG (Gardner’s Grendel) #3: Choose a Topic  Take one of the following topics and trace its presence in Grendel

    • Grendel’s attitude toward language
    • Choose an astrological sign and follow it through its associated chapter.  Look at its relevance and what it comes to signify in Grendel as a whole.
    • Trace Gardner’s use of “cartoon imagery” throughout the novel.  Why is the use of grotesque, exaggerated humor appropriate in the novel?

    NOT AN OPTION!  GG (Gardner’s G Grendel) #4: Extra Credit or Required?  Take up the idea of this being an extra credit option during our study of Beowulf, not a required assignment.  After reading Grendel, thinking about it, and doing a few journals, do you think this should be extra credit or required?  Give a full account as to why it should be required or extra credit.

    GG (Gardner’s Grendel) #5: Humanizing the Monster?  Read Jay Ruud’s article “Gardner’s Grendel and Beowulf:  Humanizing the Monster”--the last green essay in the Beowulf packet which addresses Gardner's Grendel and Beowulf's Grendel as both monster and human.  Jot down some of Ruud’s main points, and write a page response.  

     

    3.  Beowulf paper (due Wednesday, Dec. 1st) If you want to create your own topic, a proposed thesis and preliminary outline is required by ASAP! Click HERE for a copy of the new 2011 Beowulf paper packet Click HERE for the credentials for the editor/writers of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. 1.  BEOWULF PAPER--the ORDER:  1. outline  2. paper itself  3.  works cited   4.  any supplementary articles/texts (pre-highlighted) which Wally didn't supply  5.  any supplementary articles/texts (no need to pre-highlight) which Wally supplied  6.  security copy (or e-mailed to lwallenberg@edenpr.org before midnight the day before the paper is due) Click HERE for the credentials of Donaldson and David who authored the chapter about the heroic ideal from "The Middle Ages" in the Norton Anthology of English Literature (It's the blue chapter copied in your Beowulf packet).

    4.  DUE MONDAY--absolute last day! +3 point EXTRA CREDIT COUPON--Write a one page (TYPED and DOUBLE-SPACED) letter to Park Square Theatre. Give your thanks or  feedback on your experience or even your ideas on the themes and universal questions or even personal connections to the production of Othello .  Address the letter to either Mary Finnerty (educational director), or  Jeff Hal-Flavin (director), or to one of the actors (Click http://www.parksquaretheatre.org for a cast list) or to one of the workshop teachers (Rapier = Brian Hessler), Unarmed Stage Combat, Makeup = Tessie Bundick, Acting Shakespeare = Andrea Wollenberg, Improv = Jen Scott).    Don't forget to keep your ticket to use for a FREE ticket for a future Park Square evening show sometime this year.  Click http://www.parksquaretheatre.org/plays/index.php  for their website to see what's coming up!

    5.  BEOWULF EXTRA

    1. CREDIT +5 COUPON ASSIGNMENTS  DUE MONDAY, Nov. 30th!

      NOTE!  You may do ONE assignments, and you may do this with ONE other person!

      CHOICE 1   Journal Entry: “WANTED”

       

      After reading part 1 in Beowulf, do this entry.  You do not have to do both choice A and B.  Choose the one below in which you are most interested. 

       

      ·          CHOICE A   Write a want ad or write/design a job description poster for the monster-slayer Hrothgar might have advertised for in order to restore peace in his kingdom.

       

      ·          CHOICE B   Design the resume and/or the completed job application that you think Beowulf would have turned in if necessary to do such a job or a job like killing Grendel.

      (HINT!  Quality/creativity are highly encouraged.)

       NOTE   This does not have to be a traditional full-page of writing.  You may choose to illustrate, use graphics, write a poem, song, etc.  This would be a good time to see what your computer can create.

       NOTE   To make sure both choices are covered, be sure to discuss ahead of time who wants to do which choice so your group has at least one of each choice represented.

       

       

      CHOICE 2  Journal Entry: BEOWULF VS. ___________: Another Point of View

       

      Choose  one  of the two first battles and rewrite the battle from either Grendel's point  of view or Grendel's mom's point of view .  Really try to imagine what might be going on inside their heads.  Have fun with this one!  Parody is welcome.  Don't spare the gore! 

       

      ---------> IMPORTANT NOTE:  WRITE THE BATTLE IN FIRST PERSON! 

       

      CHOICE 3   Journal Entry: SOME POETRY CONNECTIONS TO BEOWULF

      1.          Read these poems which can be connected to Beowulf:  Shelley's "Ozymandias" (on p. 638 in our black LBT text), Gray's "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard" (on p. 531--intro; 532-536--poem in our black LBT text), and Wilbur's "Beowulf" (if your teacher gives you a copy of this last one).

      2.          Now respond to the ideas in TWO of these three poems and how each connects to Beowulf and/or Beowulf.

      CHOICE 4  Create The Game of Beowulf       

      Knowing what you know of popular board games  and  the story of Beowulf, create a board game that would re-enact the story's events, characters, and themes.  Actually create the rules, board, playing pieces, etc. YOU MAY COLLABORATE AND PRODUCE THIS GAME WITH ONE OTHER STUDENT IN OUR CLASS IF YOU WANT.

     

             CHOICE 5:  Beowulf Soundtrack  Choose 10 songs and make a play list, CD cover, and explain why you chose each of the songs on the playlist. 

     

     

  3. Beowulf paper (due Wednesday, Dec. 1 ) If you want to create your own topic, a proposed thesis and preliminary outline is required by ASAP! Click HERE for a copy of the new 2011 Beowulf paper packet Click HERE for the credentials for the editor/writers of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, vol. 1.  BEOWULF PAPER--the ORDER:  1. outline  2. paper itself  3.  works cited   4.  any supplementary articles/texts (pre-highlighted) which Wally didn't supply  5.  any supplementary articles/texts (no need to pre-highlight) which Wally supplied  6.  security copy (or e-mailed to lwallenberg@edenpr.org before midnight on day the paper is due!) Click HERE for the credentials of Donaldson and David who authored the chapter about the heroic ideal from "The Middle Ages" in the Norton Anthology of English Literature (It's the blue chapter copied in your Beowulf packet).

    BEOWULF PAPER DUE Wed., Dec. 1st!

    ORDER:

    1. outline

    2. paper itself

    3.  works cited

    4.  any articles/texts (pre-highlighted)

    5.  security copy  (or e-mailed to lwallenberg@edenpr.org before midnight