Nowhere For Rudolph

Nowhere For Rudolph

Beowulf fights three enemies, of whom we have now read about two: Grendel and Grendel's mother. Rather than listing the differences between the two contests (both of which ended in the hero's victory), students brainstormed details of the two episodes, books in in hand, and then illustrated the two contests. 

Once we had discussed the two scenes, and considered how Beowulf and Grendel's mother are each characterized in the poem (hint: it's not as black-and-white as one might think), students then composed their own stories, featuring either Grendel's mother as a sympathetic mother avenging her poor son, or Beowulf as a prideful foreign invader hungry for power. They could compose straight prose, poetry in the Anglo-Saxon style, a Shakespearian sonnet, or blank verse. One of them is titled "Nowhere For Rudolf" (scroll down beyond pics to read). 


Nowhere for Rudolph

Mother Grendel, in her chair, was sitting
A sweater for Grendel she was knitting
A green Christmas sweater, and reindeer knit
Into the fabric. She hoped it would fit,
In comes dear Grendel, but missing a limb!
O Grendel, she cried, why must you play rough?
Now on your sweater there’s not room enough
Rudolph’s red nose will have nowhere to go!
How will Santa find his way through the snow?
I finished the hem, it was beautiful!
But fie on sons who are not dutiful!
Go expire in your room, Go, right now!
I will have to get your arm back somehow.
— Clair, Antonio, and Tanner