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The Coming of Beowulf Take out your WN and your “janky” rough draft WW—Building Theme • Theme—a general observation about the world made through a piece of writing OR the lesson that you learned • Avoid cliché • Theme generally relates strongly to conflict • Any details that you add (dialogue, imagery, characterization, information about setting) should contribute to your theme in a statement of purpose/college essay • For example… WW—Building Theme, cont. • Plot—story about racing my mom and falling on my face. • Conflict—(man vs. self) I was so competitive and set on winning that all I could see was the finish line and not the dirt patch. • What’s my theme?—Sometimes people who are too competitive end up losing because they focus too much on winning and don’t pay attention to other significant details. • What did I learn?—Winning isn’t everything, especially when you don’t even get to the finish line. Competition is good, but I can’t always think about winning or I’ll fail. • And then I might think about how this applies to my life now—I want everyone to graduate, but I have to get them through each six weeks, each assignment. I want to run a 10K, but I have to run a 5K first and make it through daily workouts. Etc. Grendel Attacks the Danes—review • Let’s read what we didn’t get to last class. • In your notes, draw a picture of Grendel. • Now draw a picture of Herot (don’t forget Hrothgar and the Danes) • Share your pictures with someone near you and talk about why you drew them the way you did. The Coming of Beowulf—Annotations • In your workbook on page 4, you’ll find the next section of the poem. • Using the same key from last class, annotate the text. OT—Oral Tradition (repetition, alliteration, changes, exaggeration, examples) R—Religion (Christian—one god, afterlife, Biblical allusion; Pagan— fate, no afterlife, multiple gods) H—Heroism S—Supernatural W—Women GvE—Good vs. Evil • Don’t forget to either underline the portion of the text that relates to the key or give a brief note about why you’re writing that code Homework • When you finish annotating, write a paragraph on page 15. Your paragraph should include a brief summary of that section of the poem and some observations you made regarding the items we’re paying attention to in the text. • Revise your essay—revisions will be a grade. Be sure to use a different color ink OR save different versions of your essay to print.
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