A detailed lesson plan in EnglishAmerican Literature

Submitted by: Marc Oliver Fernandez

Submitted to: Dr. Glenda Salem

hand-outs References: Fletcher. the learners should be able to: A. Website: file:///F:/demo/Anglo.The Exeter Book Riddles (1993) translated by Kevin Crossley-Holland (Penguin Classics). A. C. Create their own riddles based from the current time period. (1982).(1918) A History of English Literature. Young. R. Appreciate the different riddles from the Anglo-Saxon period. II. The Old English Riddles of the Exeter Book (1977) edited by Craig Williamson. B. K. V. Objectives: At the end of the 40 minute discussion. (1995) Anglo-Saxon Book Riddles.Saxon%20Poetry%20%20A%20History%20of%20English%20Literature.2012 I. North American Ideophonics. S.htm Bradley. Procedure: . J. Subject Matter: Anglo-Saxon Riddles III. Materials: powerpoint presentation. IV. Analyze how Anglo-Saxon riddles are formed and how it is important in their time.

Motivation: Before we start with the formal discussion. i want you all to take a look at the phrase in front--“I am all on my own. At the wall of the city. I often see battle. Instead sword gashes all over me grow bigger day and night. I am knocked about and beaten again and again. I am tired of fighting. I do not expect to be allowed to retire from warfare before i am completely done for. I have never been able to find a doctor who could make me better or give me a medicine made from herbs. Hard edged things made by the blacksmith’s hammer attack me. Each time i wait for something worse.TEACHER’S ACTIVITY A.” Now. who can tell me who or what is talking in the given phrase? What can you notice in this phrase? Very good! Exactly! STUDENT’S ACTIVITY It’s as if someone is talking and narrating his/her experiences . wounded by iron weapons and scarred by swords.

we’re going to discuss about riddles but not just riddles. who then can give me why have you arrived at shield being the answer of the given phrase? The Anglo-Saxons doubtless brought with them from the Continent the rude beginnings of poetry. Riddling. such as the literature of every people that consist largely of brief magical charms and of rough 'popular ballads' (ballads of the people). being part of Anglo-Saxon poetry in England is an oral tradition Right. i’ll first give you a background of the anglo-saxon poetry as well as their riddles: “I am knocked about and beaten again and again. thus. such context clues were able to lead us to finding a possible answer to the given phrase Now. Hard edged things made by the blacksmith’s hammer attack me. challenging the reader to identify what it is.Class. describe themselves? (student’s will give their answers) ---best possible answer: shield The context clues such as “I am all on my own.” Shields. What else? of mouth. or. Literature was mainly transferred through word Exactly. wounded by iron weapons and scarred by swords. anthropomorphically. we’re going to discuss about anglo-saxon riddles B.” . what do we call the form of poetry that either describe an object. back then were often used in warfare to protect the people form swords and other weapons That’s right! Today. Presentation But before anything else. I often see battle.

here’s what you’re going to do. Count off from one to four Okay. So with that. i’ll give each group a paper which contains several riddles.between sets during performances of epics such as Beowulf. settle down now. did you understand how their literature was important during their time? Moving on. riddles may have been oral compositions: short pieces the minstrels used while their audiences were getting settled. Riddles Minstrels might also have sung the riddles in less formal situations. Now. discuss among your groups the answer to the given riddles by identifying the context clues given. Now. where audience attention span was short or a higher degree of audience participation was desirable. Okay. all students who got number 1 will go together and so does the other students with the number’s two to four. I’ll group you into four groups. or as fill Here in front is the choices of which you may choose from .

cow. shield. The creature ate its words---it seemed to me strangely weird when I heard this wonder: that it had devoured human speech. a representative will report here your answers. fish. fire. A thief in the darkness gloriously mouthed (the students will go to their respective group numbers) Students will then count off. Riddles: 1.one to four and repeated until all students will have their respective numbers Yes Yes . bookworm. bible. horse.. After which.(cuckoo.. chainmail) Did you understand guys? I’ll give you 5 minutes to discuss and answer the given riddles. onion.

Fingers folded me. submerged me in water.the source of knowledge---but thee thief was not the least bit wiser for the words in his mouth. my splendid illumination spread the praise of the lord of people. more sure of success. He soaked me. bound in hyde. their friends will grow dearer and closer. sounder of mind. Enemies use him against one another. He makes their lives better. His strength is fierce but a woman can tame him. my red dye. But if they let him grow proud This ungrateful friend soon turns against them. their prosperity multiply: kindness will flourish. brightened by gold. The sharp steel of a knife's edge scraped me clean. He makes people happy. Do you know my name.there I lost all of my hair. so useful to men? My name is glorious. more useful and faithful---their glory will spread. truer and stronger. a holy thing. banded in metal. A wonderful warrior exists on earth. love will deepen. Now may my ornaments. friends will embrace. An enemy came and took my life and all my strength. then I shone gracefully crafted. A bird's pride bore the juice. He will meekly serve both men and women If they know the trick of looking after him And feeding him properly. 2. 3. their gladness increase. . Some more of the liquor crossed me again with dark prints. stronger in heart. all over my brown skin I took in the dye of wisdom. an aid to heros. covered me with tracks. Two dumb creatures make him grow bright between them. Not a thing of sorrow: if the sons of men seek my wisdom they will be safer. Then I was covered with protecting boards. wiser in spirit. then took me out and placed me in the sun -.

4. If we part from one another It is I who will die. Four dilly-dandies (teats on the udder) Four stick standies (legs) Two crookers (horns) Two lookers (eyes) And a wig wag (tail) 5. . When I am alive I do not speak. My home is not quiet but I am not loud. For as long as I am alive I live in him. Sometimes I rest but he runs on. I am faster than he and sometimes stronger. The lord has meant us to journey together. But he keeps on going for longer. 6. Anyone who wants to takes me captive and cuts off my head.

the students will now report on their answers and justify it though the context clues they’ve found in the given Anglo-Saxon riddles. Quiz: Bring out ½ sheet of paper.They bite my bare body I do no harm to anyone unless they cut me first. you should create your riddles After five minutes. i guess you really understood your anglo-saxon riddles. Note that. based from the the current time period (i. current situations and things we often see) .e. (after the reporting) Well. Then I soon make them cry. Here’s what you’re going to do: Create your own riddles following the Anglo-Saxon pattern of either having that notion of an inanimate object speaking in its own voice or describing something that poses a challenge to the reader’s to identify what you’re trying to portray.

. Now.Assignment: (the teacher will show a picture in front) Okay. imagine it can speak or describe itself. i want you to create your own riddles based from the given picture. based from the given picture.

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