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Year 6 Beowulf

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Scott Griffin works with a year 6 class.

In this sequence the students are exploring the themes that they have identified in Kevin Crossley-Holland’s retelling of Beowulf. They go on to compare the viewpoint of Hygelac, King of the Geats , with the view of the ‘speaker’ of Wilfred Owen’s poem ‘Dulce et Decorum Est.’

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Beowulf 1: semantic mapping

Scott introduces ‘Semantic Mapping’ to his year 6 class.

Prompts for professional development

In what way might this ‘Semantic Mapping’ activity support children’s reading comprehension?

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Beowulf 2: discussing the concept of bravery

The students share their initial ideas about the word ‘bravery’.

Prompts for professional development

How does this initial exploration help students make connections with their prior knowledge?

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Beowulf 3: returning to the text

Prompts for professional development

In what ways does the discussion in this video support the students’ understanding of the text?


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Beowulf 4: comparing themes

Scott uses a ‘Think Aloud’ strategy to introduce a new text.

Prompts for discussion

Compare this session with Margo Rodrigo and Theresa Guarino’s use of ‘Think Aloud’ in the A Christmas Carol and Charles Dickens sequences. Are there any interesting points of comparison?

Read the information sheet about ‘Think Aloud’, and watch the video again. How might the ‘Think Aloud’ strategy be further modelled and developed with this group?

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