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Early Ages Period

Anglo Saxon Unit – 2 weeks

Lesson Plan Title: Early Ages/Anglo-Saxon

Subject/Grade:  H. English IV
Developed by: Kimberly Livaudais
JCS Unit Plan Name: Early Ages/Anglo-Saxon
CCSS  Standard(s): CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.12.3 Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).


Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure specific parts of a text (e.g., the choice of where to begin or end a story, the choice to provide a comedic or tragic resolution) contribute to its overall structure and meaning as well as its aesthetic impact.

Timeline of Implementation:

Day 1 Introduction of Anglo-Saxon ppt – Anglo-Saxon Intro PPt updated
Day 2 Man in the Water reading/Class discussion of hero/Epic and epic heroes – pptThe Man in the Water

 Questionnaire for Man in Water Aug 3

An Epic and its Hero

Day 3 Read Beowulf Sect  I and II/Work on graphic organizers/Answer Sect  I and II in pairsBeowulf Questions and The Wife’s Lament

Characteristics of an Epic Hero in Beowulf


Day 4 Read Beowulf Sect III and IV/Work on graphic organizers/Answer Sect III and IV in pairs
Day 5 Read Beowulf Part II/Work on graphic organizers/Answer Sect I and II in pairs
Day 6 Complete the Narrator and Voice in BeowulfNarrator and Voice in Beowulf
Day 7 Read and answer questions for “The Wife’s Lament”Beowulf Questions and The Wife’s Lament
Day 8 Riddle Day/Read and solve/Write your own riddleRiddles

Exploring Riddle Techniques

Creating your Own Riddles and competition

Day 9  Early Ages Common Assessment/Riddle Competition
Materials and Resources (include digital resources):    English IV textbook, Man in Water handout, Smartboard, powerpoint


Essential Question(s): (Big ideas written as questions… should be written as open ended to allow for in depth exploration)1.     How do authors’ choices and purpose affect literature?

2.     How do authors use direct and indirect characterization to develop the story?

3.     How do authors use tone effectively?

Activating Prior Knowledge: (What do students need to know for success and for understanding?)Anglo-Saxon history and terms
Teacher Input (TIP):  (What are the main concepts that will be explicitly taught by the teacher?  Include details in the timeline)Day one – Teacher will give background on the Anglo-Saxon era

 Day Two – The teacher will facilitate a discussion on what makes a hero

Day Three-Five – The teacher will discuss the origins of Beowulf and then facilitate reading and comprehension of text and answer questions

Day Six – Teacher will facilitate and answer questions on Anglo-Saxon poetry

Day Seven – Teacher will discuss the importance of riddling in the Early Ages and will help students create their own riddles

Day Eight – The teacher will facilitate a riddling competition.


Literary Text Considerations:  Beowulf

“Wife’s Lament”


Informational Text Considerations: Man in the Water article
Language/Grammar Focus:Figurative Language/Tone
Language/Academic Vocabulary: SAT words
Speaking & Listening: 
Writing: Creating a unique riddle
Evidence of Success/Closure/Assessment: Early Ages Common Assessment



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