S. Touw, English Teacher
- To understand description and dialogue
- To understand point of view
- To understand views of heroism
- After students read the battle between Grendel and Beowulf in their literature books, they are given a section from Gardner's book with the encounter between Grendel and Unferth.
- The students discuss the qualities of a hero that Garder identifies and compare them with their own concepts.
- Students then work in groups to tell the battle between Grendel and Beowulf from Grendel's point of view. They may use either prose of poetry.
- Students share their stories with the class.
- Either by teacher reading, student reading or handout, the class looks at Gardner's telling and discusses Gardner's use of description.
Students are encouraged to read all of Gardner's book. I use the section from Grendel and Unferth that was printed in a Literary Cavelcade magazine many years ago. I read Garderner's section of the battle between Beowulf and Grendel after we have completed hearing and discussing their re-tellings.