Home learning- Beowulf

As part of our learning in English, we are reading the Beowulf story which links to our history topic: Anglo-Saxons.

So far, we have explored Beowulf as a character and learned that he some amazing qualities. His loyalty towards his family, tribe and companions is shown in the ways that he seeks blood-revenge against anyone who causes harm to his kinsman or friends. We in Amber class feel that Beowulf is presented as the ideal warrior. He is almost inhumanly strong, brave and loyal to his king (Hygelac). Warriors who conformed to these expectations, were rewards with treasure, the chance to become a king, recognition and fame.

Activities

Put the pictures and text in the correct order of the story

Write a letter

Write a letter from the King to Beowulf persuading him to destroy the monster, Grendel. In your letter, make sure you highlight the reasons as to why Grendel must be stopped and don’t forget to use some of these persuasive sentence openers that we have used in class.

Everybody knows that……..

Surely you would agree that………

Without a doubt……

Destroying Grendel would be…….

Make sure you check your punctuation and read your sentences out loud to ensure they make sense.

Character description

Write a character description for Grendel.

Use expanded noun phrases to describe Grendel’s appearance and use fronted adverbials (how) to describe his movements. Look at the example below to help you.

Angrily, Grendel roared and showed off his razor-sharp teeth covered in slimy saliva.

Make sure you ask an adult to take a photograph of your work so that they can send it to me. I would love to read some of your amazing writing!

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