Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Introduction to Beowulf

This has been really fun!

Yesterday: introduction to Beowulf, trying to read it in Old English, listening to it in Old English and trying to follow along, adding "Words and Phrases Not in General Use" to the MLB, reading chapters I to X translated into Modern English, discussion questions

Today: reviewing events of the story thus far, adding family tree to the chalkboard, wet on wet watercolor painting - with watercolor pencil details - of Grendel in his dark lair looking out at the light coming from Herot, the same illustration rendered as a wet felted piece, drafting the summary of the first part of the story (to be added to MLB tomorrow morning)

Beowulf in Old English free online through Project Gutenberg

Beowulf in Modern English free online through Project Gutenberg

Beowulf: An Adaptation by Julian Glover of the Verse Translations of Michael Alexander and Edwin Morgan

Beowulf CD

Beowulf: A Teacher's Guide to the Signet Classic Edition (PDF)

Beowulf family tree (JPG)

Watercolor Pencil Magic

How to Make Flat Felt (Wet Felting) Tutorial

In an unrelated note, I feel like cooking today so I'm thinking Pomegranate Syrup with the pomegranate juice the food pantry gave us (expired) because Slow-Roasted Tomatoes with Pomegranate Molasses and Basil sounds like the most delicious thing EVER... Refrigerator Pickled Okra... Frittata Squares with zucchini, tomatoes, mushrooms, red and green bell pepper, and goat cheese... angel hair pasta with sun-dried tomatoes... Fresh Mango Bread.

Adam is super-excited about starting with hydroponics and is doing a bunch of research. We are thinking of focusing on this, with the seedlings I already started for fall cold frames, and just growing hydroponically. And then seed starting indoors over the winter and working on building cold frames in the early early spring.

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