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1 Beowulf An Epic Battle of Good vs. Evil

2 Origins Narrative set in the Dark Ages ( A.D.) Earliest written form in 10 th century Transcribed by Christian monks Text damaged by fire in 1700s Note the charred edges

3 Anglo-Saxon Beliefs A significant portion of the earth was not explored, so Anglo- Saxons had a literal belief in Others (the unknown). The Book of Genesis tells the tale of a race of giants. Giant Man

4 Depictions of The Monster Grendel

5 Most in the modern age do not believe in literal Grendel-like monsters Boo!

6 What is a modern-day monster in your world? What would you change if you could? Can you think of a solution for your conundrum? Have you ever thought, Someone should do something about that? What is within your power to change? What problem would you like to slay? Consider issues you deal with on a daily basis.

7 Student Example Not all students could drive to school because there was not enough room in the parking lot. Riding the bus made them have to leave home early and arrive at school late, some riding for over an hour.

8 Procedure 1.The students surveyed other students to confirm the need (how many were eligible, owned a car and wanted to drive to school). 2.They compiled a list of reasons that lack of student parking should be addressed (crowded busses, seats too small for upper classmen, decreased study and sleep time, etc.) 3. Then they researched standard parking space width and measured the current spaces at the school. They used measurements of the lot to make proposed adjustments that would add many new spaces.

9 Next Steps 3. Calling the citys road department, they obtained an estimate regarding the cost of repainting the lines in the lot. 4. The students determined who they would need to contact to submit the research and then wrote a formal proposal. 5. After submitting the proposal to the schools principal, the students were asked to address the school board, and the next school year, their idea was funded.

10 Not exactly a Monster, but having to ride the school bus was an issue students had to fight every day. It was an assailable problem. The death of the daily bus ride made life happier for those whose lives were affected.

11 Your Assignment Step 1: Brainstorm ideas with your peers. What monster would you like to take on? ________________________________________ How about alleviating congestion in the hallways? How about reducing amount of homework? How about a later start of the school day? How about changing the grading scale? How about healthier food in the cafeteria? How about the parenting class running a nursery for babies of students? How about amending the dress code? How about all students earning an A in a class receiving an exam exemption?

12 Step 2: Develop a Statement of Need ________________________________________ 1. Define the problem to be addressed 2. Support argument with data (demographics, expert testimony, etc.) 3. Identify the target population 4. State the significance of the project in terms of time, people, etc. 5. Acknowledge similar efforts (if appropriate) and refute opposition

13 Step 3: Consider what points the target audience will find most important. ________________________________________ Methods of Proof of Need Current research (scholarly, reputable) Statistics (databases or student gathered) Books, articles, newspapers Oral interviews (or by if necessary) Surveys

14 If you are administering a survey to prove need, use

15 To locate scholarly information, access the DCHS Media Centers Research Guide

16 Step 4: State Goal: General statement of what will be achieved ________________________________________ List no more than 3 obtainable goals State goals in terms of outcomes Include at least 1 measurable objective (a specific, quantitative outcome). Look at the long- term view as well.

17 Paint a picture (in words) of what will happen… if the goals are met. if the goals are NOT met

18 Step 5: Create A Project Plan (a.k.a. Activities) ________________________________________ Based on Need Statement and Goals List steps to be executed to accomplish objectives and solve the need (problem) Plan of work –Methods / Procedures to be used –Who is responsible for each step –Schedule or timeline –Cost / Value

19 Step 6: Create An Evaluation Plan ________________________________________ Who will evaluate the projects effectiveness? How? When? How will you know if the goals have been achieved? What measurements will you use? How can you prove your objective has been met? What is your criteria for success?

20 Project Requirements Complete the Monsters in Society Planning Guide to create your groups outline.

21 Presentation Consult the writing guides and consider which format would be most appropriate/effective for your intended audience: Would you deliver a speech to the school board, SBDM council, teachers at a faculty meeting, senior class? Would you write an editorial for the BRM, Messenger-Inquirer, WPAW? Would you write a letter to the superintendant, principal, a city official? Would you write a feature article for a newspaper or magazine?

22 Rationale Finally, each group must write a brief rationale explaining who your audience is, why you chose your method of presentation, and in what context you would deliver your presentation. Why a speech instead of a letter? Why an article instead of an editorial? Consider the attributes of each form of writing to determine the best way to reach and influence your intended audience.

23 Go: Be Modern-Day Beowulfs (or would it be Beowolves??) You Better watch out, you pesky problems!

24 References British Library Publications. (2003).Electronic Beowulf, Version 2.0. [Poem and related articles, information digitized]. Retrieved from Coleman, L. (2008). Hoax bigfoot: abandoned in shed. Cryptomundo. Retrieved January 2, 2009, from Delaney Bus Lines, Ltd. Retrieved January 2, 2009, from Hall, J. (2007). The Cryptid Zoo: Aliens in Cryptozoology. Retrieved January 2, 2009, from Hooper, M. (2008). Got ghosts? This Old House online. Retrieved January 2, 2009, from Mittman, A.S. (2003). From the Sarum Seminar. Headless men and hungry monsters. Stanford University. Photobucket. Retrieved January 3, 2009, from Scary stories.(2004). BBC Homepage. Retrieved January 3, 2009, from Swope, P. The vampires ghost of guadalajara. Retrieved January 2, 2009, from The legend of nessie.Silas Site. Retrieved January 2, 2009, from Undergraduate expo. (2006). Michigan Tech. Retrieved January 3, 2009, from

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