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An Introduction to Beowulf: Language and Poetics

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An Introduction to Beowulf: Language and Poetics

Grades 11 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

John Paul Walter

John Paul Walter

Washington, Washington DC


National Council of Teachers of English


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Grades   9 – 12  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Exploring The Prologue to The Canterbury Tales using Wikis

Students study Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales not just for its rich language, but also for the insights it provides into the Middle Ages. Using wikis, students collaborate to study both literature and history on their own terms. They create meaning and build information networks using tools Chaucer himself would have loved.


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Grades   7 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 13

Seamus Heaney was born on this day in 1939.

Students focus on the figurative language in Heaney's poem, "Digging," and discuss the speaker's attitude, and how metaphor, simile, and image contribute to the poem.


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