Wednesday, August 21, 2013

August 22

JOURNAL TOPIC: [today's tunes: "St. George and the Dragon" by Stan Freberg, "Knights of the Round Table" and "The Knights Who Say Ni!" by Monty Python, and "Knight Rider" (TV theme) by Glen A. Larson]

How do modern representations of knights and honor differ from ancient/traditional ones? What do modern portrayals of knights and honor suggest about the culture(s) that produced them?

1. Journal
2. A proper introduction to Beowulf
3. Vocabulary nagging
4. Résumés
5. Loose threads

1. Study Beowulf by reviewing the resources under the Beowulf post and answering the comprehension questions. Post questions and comments to begin the discussion over the weekend, and be prepared to continue live on Monday, August 27.
2. Find your own resources.  (I just found this one.)  There are many, many sites dedicated to Beowulf... if you find something amazing/insightful/truly awful, please share in a comment to this post.


  1. This resource was very simple, helpful and straight-forward.
    The link is:

  2. Beowulf for beginners (literally). It's helpfel for a general summary:

    This site is useful for translations of the chapters:

    And this site gives you a small analysis of the characters; however, I recommend not taking a character analysis online word-for-word:

  3. Beowulf For Dummies: it summarizes the story and is easy to understand.

  4. this ia an animaded clip that tells the poem

  5. Provides a nice video and thorough summary as well as background information.

  6. . This takes a funny approach to Beowulf from a different perspective. It's not a very reliable, detailed oriented, or accurate story of Beowulf but it's a humorous read and is a very brisk retell of the story.

  7. I added all the above resources to the Beowulf mindmap (which anyone/everyone is invited to collaborate on!) plus links to four different translations of Beowulf, all of which contain other resources too.