Characterisation in Beowulf

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Key takeaways
A brief introduction to some Anglo-Saxon word types called kennings
An understanding of the main characters in Beowulf and how they are presented
How authors create characters that their readers will comprehend, recognise and be excited by
Sarah LeesHost: Sarah is an English teacher at a Grammar school in South East London. She studied English and American Literature at the University of Kent and trained for her PGCE at UCL six years ago. She also teaches Film Studies at A level.

How do writers allow readers to fully understand the characters they are creating through their writing?

In this class, students will explore the differing characters in the story of Beowulf translated by Rosemary Sutcliffe. Sarah will discuss how a sense of their characteristics is created through a number of techniques including descriptive language, structure and setting.

Skills students learn in this class can be applied to other poems and texts across their English studies and will give them more confidence in the subject and more examples to use if different exam questions. 


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This class is suitable in Years 7-9 or S1-S3.

Class requirements:
You will need a laptop or device with internet connection to watch the class, as well as a pen and notepad for taking notes.
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