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The Beauty of Anglo-Saxon Poetry: A Prelude to Beowulf

Riddle me this! What do kennings, caesura, and alliteration have to do with the Nowell Codex? Introduce class members to Anglo-Saxon poetry and prepare readers for a study of Beowulf with a series of activities that includes asking groups to translate, solve and then craft their own riddles.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Pros

  • Includes links to a wealth of supplementary resources linked to Anglo-Saxon art, language and culture
Cons

  • Weaker readers will need additional support translating the riddles from Old English
Included Materials

  • The Beauty of Anglo-Saxon Poetry: Riddles Analysis Worksheet
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