You will begin your project by gathering resources, both print and electronic, and then mining these resources for information in order to:

  • 2.4 Write a historical investigation report:
    • a. Use exposition, narration, description, argumentation, or some combination of rhetorical strategies to support the main proposition. (Your historic figure as hero)
    • b. Analyze several historical records of a single event, examining critical relationships between elements of the research topic.
    • c. Explain the perceived reason or reasons for the similarities and differences in historical records with information derived from primary and secondary sources to support or enhance the presentation.
    • d. Include information from all relevant perspectives and take into consideration the validity and reliability of sources.

From this report you will create a heroic poem in the Anglo-Saxon tradition, using Anglo-Saxon devices. (Click here to listen to a description)

Your poem should correspond to the requirements of the following California English Language Arts Standards.

  • 2.1 Write fictional, autobiographical, or biographical narratives:
    • a. Narrate a sequence of events and communicate their significance to the audience.
    • b. Locate scenes and incidents in specific places.
    • c. Describe with concrete sensory details the sights, sounds, and smells of a scene and the specific actions, movements, gestures, and feelings of the characters; use interior monologue to depict the characters' feelings.
    • d. Pace the presentation of actions to accommodate temporal, spatial, and dramatic mood changes.
    • e. Make effective use of descriptions of appearance, images, shifting perspectives, and sensory details.

Along with the common elements of Anglo-Saxon heroic poetry, your poem will also include an heroic introduction (Beowulf, lines 30 on) within your poem.

Lastly, you will perform your heroic poem in front of the class.

  • 2.5 Recite poems, selections from speeches, or dramatic soliloquies with attention to performance details to achieve clarity, force, and aesthetic effect and to demonstrate an understanding of the meaning (e.g., Hamlet's soliloquy "To Be or Not to Be").