Beowulf

PDF EBook by Kevin Crossley-Holland

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This is a retell of one of the world's greatest epic poems, Beowulf. Beowulf PDF EBookI studied the original (which was written in Old English) at university and found it to be extremely challenging so was surprised to find that my year 6 class on SBT 1 were going to be reading it as a class as part of their Extended Writing lessons. However, this story version is a great recount and does not miss anything out from the original.
It is set in Anglo- PDFSaxon times and tells the story of the hero Beowulf who comes to the aid of his king Hrothgar by killing the horrifying monster Grendel and then Grendel’s ‘dragon like’ mother Frothi. Hrothgar then dies of old age leaving Beowulf the king of the Danes and Geats. 50 years later Beowulf is faced with the ultimate challenge to fight a ferocious dragon; download; however the hero Beowulf dies killing the dragon.
The language is very complex, even for my high ability class (levels 5 and 6) and so the class teacher or myself had to read it to the pupils. I would read 2-3 pages a lesson and would read it twice: the first time the class would listen, then the second time the class would note any lexis they did not understand or any language they would like to use in their own writing. The story contained some great descriptions and many new adjectives for the children which helped widen their vocabulary and improve their own descriptive writing.
Overall the children really enjoyed the story despite the challenging language and they also loved learning about the background to the story and how it would have looked and sounded in Old English. There was a great improvement in the descriptive writing of the boys in the class and many of them said that this was because they really enjoyed listening and writing about the Beowulf and his adventures.
Like this book? Read online this: Beowulf in Bengali and English (Myths & Legends from Around the World), The Audience of Beowulf.

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