Beowulf

Patrice Baldwin
Friday, March 26, 2021

This scheme of work is based on the legend of Beowulf. The five lessons cover his journey from Geatland to the Land of the Danes, his killing of Grendel and Grendel’s mother. The lessons use a range of drama strategies and conventions to help students emotionally and inter-actively engage with the various settings, characters, situations, events and key moments in the legend. They will be working individually and collaboratively, in pairs, small groups and as a whole class, sometimes with teacher in role too. Optional, linked writing opportunities for each lesson, have been suggested. By the end of this scheme, students will have: - Responded emotionally, physically, creatively, cognitively and collaboratively, to an important legend - Improvised, rehearsed, and performed in role, as various characters, settings and objects, within given situations and at key moments - Created dramatic outcomes, using voice, sound, movement, stillness, gesture and body - Manipulated dramatic action, to explore and communicate characters’ thoughts and feelings at various points in the legend - Altered voice and movement to show changes in mood and atmosphere, and to create images and effect - Devised, rehearsed and performed scenes and images, that communicate and develop the narrative and deepen their understanding of it, using dramatic tension and dramatic symbols to make and communicate meaning.