Beowulf: What Makes a Hero?

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Learning Objective

 Students will be able to make connections between classroom text and modern day scenarios. They will also be able to make thematic connections between fiction and nonfiction works, as evidenced by answering the following Essential Questions:

  • What are the characteristics of a hero?
  • In what ways are these characteristics universal?
  • What situational changes can affect the qualities and classification of a hero?

Learning Standard

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.11-12.1 
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.11-12.3 
Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.1.A 
Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim(s), establish the significance of the claim(s), distinguish the claim(s) from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim(s), counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.2.A 
Introduce a topic; organize complex ideas, concepts, and information so that each new element builds on that which precedes it to create a unified whole; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.11-12.3.D 
Use precise words and phrases, telling details, and sensory language to convey a vivid picture of the experiences, events, setting, and/or characters.

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