There was no room for other factions in literature class this week. It was Dauntless exclusive.
What better way is there to flaunt the deeds of the legendary Beowulf than a Dauntless-themed lesson plan?
The roundabout activities towards the epic adventures of Beowulf were initiated through a Bluffing Game which consists of mix-in bluff and fact statements about Beowulf. This helped outlined the highlights of Beowulf’s adventures as well as background information about one of the oldest and best known epics of all time. I must say I had a great time punching rewards cards for well-phrased insights during the open book discussion then after.
Are you dauntless enough now?
The hunting begins.
What does it mean to be fearless? dauntless? brave?
The room was a mess during the Dauntless as Beowulf Hunt where students grouped themselves by completing the hunt card containing dauntless traits similar to the the outstanding characteristics of Beowulf as an epic hero. The hunt went on for the one who is not afraid of the dark, the biggest voice, the strongest arm and more. But it did not stop from there. Now that factions of equally dauntless students had been formed, it was a perfect moment to have a face off. Everyone with the biggest voice does a shout out, with the strongest arms an arm wrestle and with the ability to cross channels a challenge to pass through human barricades. There were laughter outburst and even funny injuries after a human barricade was twirled off from one’s seat by the person passing through, but despite the lovely chaos, in as much as I tried to contain it, I could not hide how much I enjoyed the face off.
Flash report: Beowulf saves the day. As the reading text was adapted from the Anglo-Saxon Chronicles, the idea of broadcasting the deeds of Beowulf hit like black coffee on an empty mind canvas. Re-enactments and interviews from boring to brilliant gave life to the adventures of Beowulf.
To seal off the chapter…
Eyes were glued on the LED TV and I was amused by the epic faces as the students witness how Beowulf was portrayed in an animated film.
Finally, the writing prompt for the 3-minute journal was: “Battling Monsters”. Students were made to express what or whom they consider as monsters in their life and how they will manage to conquer them as Beowulf did with his adversaries.
Whew! An action-packed Dauntless Week.