Teaching Resources


Teachers will find useful resources in the following sections:
Books & Media
Historical Resources
Literary Resources

This outline breaks the poem down to its most simple elements and delineates cliffhangers according to a hypothetical twelve-night structure.
See Outline of the Poem and Cliffhangers.

The Kings
How to relate Beowulf to the modern tastes of student newcomers? This playful "thought experiment" recasts the Vikings as gangsters in a fast-moving science-fiction thriller.
See The Kings.

What is a good king?
A comparison of the principles of kingship contrast the values valued by Alfred the Great and by the "good" kings and heroes of Beowulf.
See What is a good king?

This essay outlines some of the elements (folklore, history, psychology, somatic, and theological) that form the Beowulf narrative.
See Elements of Beowulf.

The Opening of Beowulf
The Prologue and first three sections (fitts) of Beowulf establish the framework for all that follows. This essay approaches the poem from a Biblical perspective that reflects the writings and reflections of our best known Anglo-Saxon exemplar: Alfred the Great.
See The Opening of Beowulf

The Biblical Wisdom of Beowulf

Beowulf confirms the validity of Biblical wisdom by presenting the insufficiency of a world that lacks Biblical wisdom. These excerpts offer one way of illuminating the theology of the Beowulf poet, as they pertain to the pagan dystopia of the poem.
Biblical Wisdom in Beowulf.

A simple list of themes and motifs offers rich possibilities for discussion.
See Themes in Beowulf