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Why Study Beowulf??



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Process

Step One:  With your partner choose a category (from one of the following in 
the resource list) to explore. 

**Anglo-Saxon Warfare: Weapons and Armor ....Learn about the heroic code and 
the warrior's dedication to the warlord.  Learn about weapons, shields, and 
helmets.
http://www.regia.org/warfare/spear.htm

**Anglo-Saxon Social Organization ...Find out how the clans were organized 
for survival.  http://www.regia.org/Saxons1.htm

**Food...Hungry?  What's your flavor: sloeberries, eel, or pig?
http://www.regia.org/food.htm

**Feasting and Fasting ...Search for the reasons to feast and the reasons to 
fast.  Enjoy the party!  http://www.regia.org/feasting.htm

**Anglo-Saxon Military Organization ...Who is the highest ranking -- the 
fyrdsman or the thegn?  Are men required to serve?
http://www.regia.org/saxons2.htm

**Pastimes of the Anglo-Saxons ...Between growing crops and fighting off 
invaders, what did the Anglos-Saxons do for fun?
http://www.regia.org/pastimes.htm

**Ship Construction ...Who were the "pirates" and how was life on the sea? 
http://www.regia.org/Ships1.htm 
http://www.regia.org/Ships2.htm

**Games...Anyone for Knucklebones or Fivestones?  How about Hnefatafl?
http://www.regia.org/games.htm

**Houses and Furniture ...Sunken living room, thatch roof, clay floor--top 
of the real estate market?
http://www.regia.org/houses.htm

Scan through the information and make a list of your initial impressions.  
Within your category, narrow the information down to four major ideas you 
wish to teach to the class.  Take notes on those four points. 



Step Two:   Choose significant images and prepare text to be mounted on the 
poster board.  To prepare your images for the poster, you may save the files 
to your directory or on a disk, and then print using Publisher, Word, or 
Photo Editor.  See a computer lab assistant if you need help.  REMEMBER: As 
you collect images, be sure to cite the source (that means write down the 
URL address and author, if available). 

Step Three:  CREATE YOUR POSTER! 
                Remember to: 
                    1. include a title 
                    2. include images and credit your source 
                    3. include captions and/or text 
                    4. creatively arrange information on the poster 
                    5. be able to elaborate on the poster in your
                       presentation. 

Step Four:  Pass out three questions that will be answered in your poster 
presentation. Present your poster to the class.  Your poster should 
introduce your major points while your presentation will elaborate on them.  
Your audience will listen closely in order to answer the three questions .

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